In Part I of this review of "Democracy Delayed - The Case of Castro's Cuba" (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) , we discussed how the hapless Cuban people living in a vacuum, possessed with a dearth of information coming from within and from without the island have quietly turned against the communist regime and that transition to democracy could take place in Cuba, if certain conditions are met.
And yet, the critiques of his book (mostly from partisans at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), who wanted to oust him from that academic bastion of liberalism, amount to nothing but an academic purge.
Among the other criticisms, they posit that Cuba cannot be compared to Eastern Europe, and that Prof. López did not take into account the "Gorbachev Factor." These criticisms, frankly, are nonsense. López tackles both of these issues in his book in a logical and convincing manner.
One must then surmise that Prof. López's critics either didn't read the book or are basing their imputations on politics and ideology, rather than real knowledge or diligent study of the direful situation in Cuba today.
True, the Cuban people are subject...
When Juan José López, PhD, a political scientist, proudly dedicated "Democracy Delayed - The Case of Castro's Cuba" (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002) - his first book - to his wife Myrna and son Juan Carlos, he could not have anticipated that he would indeed need every bit of their moral and physical support.
The young scholar would need it to withstand the all-out attack leveled against his person and professional reputation at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he was employed as an assistant professor. Prof. López's transgression was unforgivable for he had violated an article of faith in the leftward-leaning ivory tower of academia.
In "Democracy Delayed," López had dared to express the views that Fidel Castro's tyrannical rule in Cuba no longer enjoys popular support and that democratic transition in the Caribbean island is possible - if only the people led by the democratic opposition had the necessary material support, as well as independent sources of information, as the Eastern Europeans enjoyed in the late 1980s.
Political transformation has not taken place in Cuba, as it did in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Rumania in...
Maximilien Robespierre and his fellow Jacobins never came close to attaining the utopian goal of establishing a "Republic of Virtue." In fact, they did not even come close to establishing the rule of law essential to a constitutional republic. Natural rights to life, liberty and property, which are protected in our American republic, were not respected by the French revolutionists. Forced fraternity and equality proved to be (and remain) mutually exclusive of individual liberty. What the French Revolution established was mob rule followed by the bloody dictatorship of Robespierre and his Committee of Public Safety (July 13, 1793 - July 27, 1794).
The French Revolution also showed the world the scissors strategy of class struggle and warfare at work. This methodology forced rapidly and inexorably radical change upon society. The engine of this struggle was fear and, ultimately, terror. In the next century, Karl Marx elaborated and expounded on that destructive methodology, borrowing from Hegel's dialectic idealism that relied more abstractly on historic analysis and cultural conflicts. Unlike Hegel's, Marx's system of thesis, antithesis and synthesis, appealed to the...
The Ballad of Carl Drega by journalist Vin Suprynowicz is an eye-opening book that libertarians and informed conservatives will cheer. His uncompromising stance and indefatigable pursuit of freedom is sure to inflame the minds of those who worship omnipotent government.
Yet despite his passion and stridency, of which he is proud, Suprynowicz wants to ignite the spark of freedom in his readers' hearts, not trap them in polemic argument.
The book's succinct introduction sets the tone for the rest, containing a brief but masterful discussion of the true meaning of political compromise, based on Ayn Rand's 1962 essay, “Doesn't Life Require Compromise?” Our 21st-century politicians who sacrifice liberty on the altars of expediency and political correctness should study this.
The powerful section, “Live Free or Die: How Many More Carl Dregas?” is a shocking revelation of how we are losing our freedom and marching in step toward a virtual police state. People who have finally stood up for their freedom and property rights have been crushed with hardly a whimper of public protest. Why? Because the lapdog mainstream media have been complicit with government in...
Dr. Russell Blaylock’s latest magnum opus is arranged in two major sections, either one alone more than worth the book price. It is a welcome addition to his earlier work on excitotoxins.(1)
Superb chapters cover essentially every aspect of health and nutrition; brain and body protection against toxins, injury, and disease; and even defense against bioterrorism. His discussion on “protecting your brain” is an outstanding read, and his chapter on “surviving a terrorist attack” is timely indeed.
He covers causes of degenerative diseases, including the bad effects of free radicals and the benefits of certain minerals, vitamins, and other more powerful antioxidants; nutrition, genes, and genetic switches; the danger of mercury from various sources; the effect of fluoride from drinking water, toothpaste, and other sources; other toxic metals to avoid; vaccination hazards; toxic food additives; pesticides and other harmful chemicals; and causes of arteriosclerosis, stroke, heart attack, and other diseases of aging and how to prevent them.
Dr. Blaylock offers one of the best discussions on the pathophysiology of free radical formation and the damage it causes...
"Inside the Cuban Revolution" by Julia E. Sweig, senior fellow and deputy director of the Latin American program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), is a greatly disappointing book.
For one thing, the book is too narrow in scope and breadth as well as in covering the period under study. Although the book claims to study the period between November 1956 and January 1959, the author and publisher would have been more forthcoming about the content of this book if they had titled this tome more appropriately "Inside the 26th of July Movement Underground April 1957 to July 1958."
Very little detail is actually given about the period from February to April 1957 and August 1958 to January 1959, although these are crucial periods in the Revolution and the insurrection against Batista.
In fact, two of the most important events of the entire Revolution and this brings us to the most serious flaw in the entire book are almost completely neglected by the author, like informational black holes: the contribution of the 13th of March movement of the Revolutionary Directorate (RD) to the insurgency against Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and the...
The proposed Patients' Bill of Rights is presently stalled in a congressional conference committee due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Despite its appellation, a misnomer, this legislation has nothing remotely to do with extending basic traditional rights of citizenship to Americans or of providing protections against medical rationing to patients. It has much to do with providing a financial bonanza for the denizens of the sue-for-profit, litigation industry, creating chaos in medical care, and paving the way for the government to come back to "solve" anew the resurgent problems of "spiraling health care costs" and the "growing number of the uninsured" that will result.
It is not well understood that the much-maligned health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are not the product of the free market, but rather the deliberate creation of collectivist academics and statist politicians. It was Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who has been for years a champion of socialized medicine, and self-described "Keynesian" president, Richard Nixon, who hatched the HMO Act of 1973 in Washington, supposedly to control the mounting health care costs.
The road to the problem...
It was with great sadness that I learned that my friend, Dr. Miguel Faria, was stepping down as the founding editor-in-chief of the Medical Sentinel. Both Miguel and his wife Helen, the managing editor, worked tirelessly for the journal, instituting editorial policies that made it a unique, extremely valuable resource.
Previously, Miguel had saved the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia from financial ruin by his creative design and by recruiting writers, including himself, who were able to articulate issues critical to the medical profession. However, his editorials on gun control and managed care were “too controversial.” His continuation of this battle in the Medical Sentinel brought the debate to new heights of scholarship. Under Miguel's leadership, the Medical Sentinel stood squarely for truth against the prevailing winds of leftist demagoguery.
In his book Medical Warrior, Miguel quotes George Orwell: “In this age, there is no such thing as staying out of politics, all issues are political issues.” Because physicians have been unwilling to enter this arena, they are losing battle after battle. The Medical Sentinel has faced these battles with...
You may not agree with every expression or thought written by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist and syndicated journalist Vin Suprynowicz, but if you are a libertarian or a true conservative (and/or constitutionalist), you will cheer and applaud his astonishing, eye-opening new book, "The Ballad of Carl Drega: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1994 to 2001."
But I warn you, if you are a bed-wetting, bleeding-heart liberal with a penchant for statism, socialism, collectivism, authoritarianism, welfarism or any of the associated modern "isms" --- beware!
Yes, the uncompromising stance of Suprynowicz in his indefatigable pursuit of freedom will inflame the minds of those who worship omnipotent government and the State at the expense of individual freedom --- inflame them to catalystic internal combustion.
And yet, despite his passion and his stridency (something of which he is proud), it's the spark of freedom, not polemical argumentation, Suprynowicz wants to ignite in the hearts of his readers.
The book consists of a succinct introduction, which sets the tone for the rest of the book, followed by 16 sections including a postscript and...
Without a doubt, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, by the eminent neurosurgeon, nutritionist and associate editor of the Medical Sentinel Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., is a brilliant and compelling tour de force that will reverberate in the field of health and nutrition for years to come.(1)
From the Dedication to the Afterword, this is a beautifully written and brilliantly composed tome --- definitely a welcomed addition to his previous opus, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (1994).(2)
Readers may be shocked by some of the content of Health and Nutrition Secrets, particularly the number of substances that Dr. Blaylock has found to be highly toxic, or disagree with some of the conclusions drawn from his research --- but no one can deny that a cornucopia of knowledge and information has been gathered, researched and carefully compiled in the formulation of this book.
It is no wonder that it has taken so many years of study by a prominent neuroscientist of the stature of Dr. Blaylock, with such a vast amount of knowledge in so many fields of endeavor --- neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, pathology, embryology, biochemistry,...