- The Washington Times - Monday, December 6, 1999

Amish family values

“While successful competitorsin a market economy and whilegrowing rapidly (from 5,000 in1900 to an estimated 150,000 in1999), the Old Order Amish havelearned to be masters of changerather than its slaves, and to keepmodernity’ subservient to theircommunity’s values and goals… .

“With fierce obstinance, theyhave defended family integrity’and the functional nature of thefamily… . And in consequence,their families are larger andstronger. Divorce is rare… .

“Theirs is a family-centricworld, full of life, children’slaughter, and essential security.The typical Amish family hasseven children; the typical elderlycouple will have 45 grandchil-dren; the typical child will have75 first cousins.

“Contrast this with the near fu-ture of many so-called developed’lands where, in the wake of …the one child’ family, over half ofthe population will have no broth-ers and sisters, no aunts and un-cles, and no cousins.”

Allen Carlson, from “Re-building a Family-Centric Cul-ture,” a Nov. 15 address to theWorld Congress of Families in Ge-neva

Evolution or else

An influential segment ofacademia, with sympathizers inthe press and elsewhere, regardspublic acceptance of Darwinianevolution as strictly non-negotiable. Even First Amend-ment guarantees of freedom ofreligion take a back seat to the re-quirement for everyone to affirmevolution… .

“What is it about the topic ofevolution that drives so manypeople nuts? … Since activist op-ponents of evolution are as a rulepolitically conservative, any moveagainst Darwinism is treated bysome overwrought folks as thefirst step on the path to fascism,with a flat tax and a ban on abor-tion soon to follow.

“So the camel’s nose must beshoved back with the same vigorand tactics as was the SupremeCourt nomination of RobertBork.”

Michael J. Behe, writing on”Darwin’s Hostages,” in theDecember/January issue of theAmerican Spectator

Senseless in Seattle

“Just as the New Left at-tempted a Baby Boomer imitationof real revolutionaries from still-earlier eras, something like aBrand New Left is being bornduring the World Trade Organi-zation meetings in Seattle. It’s anunconscious imitation of the ‘60simitation [of revolutionaries],with a ‘90s fillip of GenX fashionconsciousness… .

“In the ‘60s, draft-card-burningstudents held teach-ins on Viet-nam, sang Give Peace a Chance’and stormed the Pentagon. Toeducate the American publicabout the evils of free trade in the’90s, a San Francisco arm of theanti-WTO coalition called theGlobal Exchange rappelled downthe front of the Old Navy store inSeattle with a banner, chanting,Sweatshops: Free Trade or Cor-porate Slavery?’

“Others bashed in windows atMcDonald’s, Nordstrom’s andNiketown. Incongruously, many ofthem looked as if they had justshopped in the stores they weretrashing… .

“[Seattle] schoolchildren …bring home reports of efforts toget them to cut classes and takepart in the demonstrations. Whenmy 14-year-old and his pal de-clared this intention, it turned outthat their knowledge of the WTOwas rather limited. Is it abouthow bad trade is?’ my son tried.

“Well, that’s what they say, Ianswered, but before you boysjoin the protests, why don’t youtake off your shoes and see wherethey were made.

“Oops. One pair said Thailand,’another China.’ Guess you’ll haveto go barefoot, I suggested. Nevermind, they replied. Back toschool. Maybe the shoes testmight be a good one for all thedemonstrators. You are dis-qualified from demonstrating ifyou are objectively part of the ex-ploiter class.”

Bruce Chapman, writing on”Radical Chic in the Brand NewLeft’s World of Fashion,” in theDec. 1 edition of the Seattle PostIntelligencer

Senseless in Seattle

“Just as the New Left at-tempted a Baby Boomer imitationof real revolutionaries from still-earlier eras, something like aBrand New Left is being bornduring the World Trade Organi-zation meetings in Seattle. It’s anunconscious imitation of the ‘60simitation [of revolutionaries],with a ‘90s fillip of GenX fashionconsciousness… .

“In the ‘60s, draft-card-burningstudents held teach-ins on Viet-nam, sang Give Peace a Chance’and stormed the Pentagon. Toeducate the American publicabout the evils of free trade in the’90s, a San Francisco arm of theanti-WTO coalition called theGlobal Exchange rappelled downthe front of the Old Navy store inSeattle with a banner, chanting,Sweatshops: Free Trade or Cor-porate Slavery?’

“Others bashed in windows atMcDonald’s, Nordstrom’s andNiketown. Incongruously, many ofthem looked as if they had justshopped in the stores they weretrashing… .

“[Seattle] schoolchildren …bring home reports of efforts toget them to cut classes and takepart in the demonstrations. Whenmy 14-year-old and his pal de-clared this intention, it turned outthat their knowledge of the WTOwas rather limited. Is it abouthow bad trade is?’ my son tried.

“Well, that’s what they say, Ianswered, but before you boysjoin the protests, why don’t youtake off your shoes and see wherethey were made.

“Oops. One pair said Thailand,’another China.’ Guess you’ll haveto go barefoot, I suggested. Nevermind, they replied. Back toschool. Maybe the shoes testmight be a good one for all thedemonstrators. You are dis-qualified from demonstrating ifyou are objectively part of the ex-ploiter class.”

Bruce Chapman, writing on”Radical Chic in the Brand NewLeft’s World of Fashion,” in theDec. 1 edition of the Seattle PostIntelligencer

Senseless in Seattle

“Just as the New Left at-tempted a Baby Boomer imitationof real revolutionaries from still-earlier eras, something like aBrand New Left is being bornduring the World Trade Organi-zation meetings in Seattle. It’s anunconscious imitation of the ‘60simitation [of revolutionaries],with a ‘90s fillip of GenX fashionconsciousness… .

“In the ‘60s, draft-card-burningstudents held teach-ins on Viet-nam, sang Give Peace a Chance’and stormed the Pentagon. Toeducate the American publicabout the evils of free trade in the’90s, a San Francisco arm of theanti-WTO coalition called theGlobal Exchange rappelled downthe front of the Old Navy store inSeattle with a banner, chanting,Sweatshops: Free Trade or Cor-porate Slavery?’

“Others bashed in windows atMcDonald’s, Nordstrom’s andNiketown. Incongruously, many ofthem looked as if they had justshopped in the stores they weretrashing… .

“[Seattle] schoolchildren …bring home reports of efforts toget them to cut classes and takepart in the demonstrations. Whenmy 14-year-old and his pal de-clared this intention, it turned outthat their knowledge of the WTOwas rather limited. Is it abouthow bad trade is?’ my son tried.

“Well, that’s what they say, Ianswered, but before you boysjoin the protests, why don’t youtake off your shoes and see wherethey were made.

“Oops. One pair said Thailand,’another China.’ Guess you’ll haveto go barefoot, I suggested. Nevermind, they replied. Back toschool. Maybe the shoes testmight be a good one for all thedemonstrators. You are dis-qualified from demonstrating ifyou are objectively part of the ex-ploiter class.”

Bruce Chapman, writing on”Radical Chic in the Brand NewLeft’s World of Fashion,” in theDec. 1 edition of the Seattle PostIntelligencer

Senseless in Seattle

“Just as the New Left at-tempted a Baby Boomer imitationof real revolutionaries from still-earlier eras, something like aBrand New Left is being bornduring the World Trade Organi-zation meetings in Seattle. It’s anunconscious imitation of the ‘60simitation [of revolutionaries],with a ‘90s fillip of GenX fashionconsciousness… .

“In the ‘60s, draft-card-burningstudents held teach-ins on Viet-nam, sang Give Peace a Chance’and stormed the Pentagon. Toeducate the American publicabout the evils of free trade in the’90s, a San Francisco arm of theanti-WTO coalition called theGlobal Exchange rappelled downthe front of the Old Navy store inSeattle with a banner, chanting,Sweatshops: Free Trade or Cor-porate Slavery?’

“Others bashed in windows atMcDonald’s, Nordstrom’s andNiketown. Incongruously, many ofthem looked as if they had justshopped in the stores they weretrashing… .

“[Seattle] schoolchildren …bring home reports of efforts toget them to cut classes and takepart in the demonstrations. Whenmy 14-year-old and his pal de-clared this intention, it turned outthat their knowledge of the WTOwas rather limited. Is it abouthow bad trade is?’ my son tried.

“Well, that’s what they say, Ianswered, but before you boysjoin the protests, why don’t youtake off your shoes and see wherethey were made.

“Oops. One pair said Thailand,’another China.’ Guess you’ll haveto go barefoot, I suggested. Nevermind, they replied. Back toschool. Maybe the shoes testmight be a good one for all thedemonstrators. You are dis-qualified from demonstrating ifyou are objectively part of the ex-ploiter class.”

Bruce Chapman, writing on”Radical Chic in the Brand NewLeft’s World of Fashion,” in theDec. 1 edition of the Seattle PostIntelligencer

Senseless in Seattle

“Just as the New Left at-tempted a Baby Boomer imitationof real revolutionaries from still-earlier eras, something like aBrand New Left is being bornduring the World Trade Organi-zation meetings in Seattle. It’s anunconscious imitation of the ‘60simitation [of revolutionaries],with a ‘90s fillip of GenX fashionconsciousness… .

“In the ‘60s, draft-card-burningstudents held teach-ins on Viet-nam, sang Give Peace a Chance’and stormed the Pentagon. Toeducate the American publicabout the evils of free trade in the’90s, a San Francisco arm of theanti-WTO coalition called theGlobal Exchange rappelled downthe front of the Old Navy store inSeattle with a banner, chanting,Sweatshops: Free Trade or Cor-porate Slavery?’

“Others bashed in windows atMcDonald’s, Nordstrom’s andNiketown. Incongruously, many ofthem looked as if they had justshopped in the stores they weretrashing… .

“[Seattle] schoolchildren …bring home reports of efforts toget them to cut classes and takepart in the demonstrations. Whenmy 14-year-old and his pal de-clared this intention, it turned outthat their knowledge of the WTOwas rather limited. Is it abouthow bad trade is?’ my son tried.

“Well, that’s what they say, Ianswered, but before you boysjoin the protests, why don’t youtake off your shoes and see wherethey were made.

“Oops. One pair said Thailand,’another China.’ Guess you’ll haveto go barefoot, I suggested. Nevermind, they replied. Back toschool. Maybe the shoes testmight be a good one for all thedemonstrators. You are dis-qualified from demonstrating ifyou are objectively part of the ex-ploiter class.”

Bruce Chapman, writing on”Radical Chic in the Brand NewLeft’s World of Fashion,” in theDec. 1 edition of the Seattle PostIntelligencer

Senseless in Seattle

“Just as the New Left at-tempted a Baby Boomer imitationof real revolutionaries from still-earlier eras, something like aBrand New Left is being bornduring the World Trade Organi-zation meetings in Seattle. It’s anunconscious imitation of the ‘60simitation [of revolutionaries],with a ‘90s fillip of GenX fashionconsciousness… .

“In the ‘60s, draft-card-burningstudents held teach-ins on Viet-nam, sang Give Peace a Chance’and stormed the Pentagon. Toeducate the American publicabout the evils of free trade in the’90s, a San Francisco arm of theanti-WTO coalition called theGlobal Exchange rappelled downthe front of the Old Navy store inSeattle with a banner, chanting,Sweatshops: Free Trade or Cor-porate Slavery?’

“Others bashed in windows atMcDonald’s, Nordstrom’s andNiketown. Incongruously, many ofthem looked as if they had justshopped in the stores they weretrashing… .

“[Seattle] schoolchildren …bring home reports of efforts toget them to cut classes and takepart in the demonstrations. Whenmy 14-year-old and his pal de-clared this intention, it turned outthat their knowledge of the WTOwas rather limited. Is it abouthow bad trade is?’ my son tried.

“Well, that’s what they say, Ianswered, but before you boysjoin the protests, why don’t youtake off your shoes and see wherethey were made.

“Oops. One pair said Thailand,’another China.’ Guess you’ll haveto go barefoot, I suggested. Nevermind, they replied. Back toschool. Maybe the shoes testmight be a good one for all thedemonstrators. You are dis-qualified from demonstrating ifyou are objectively part of the ex-ploiter class.”

Bruce Chapman, writing on”Radical Chic in the Brand NewLeft’s World of Fashion,” in theDec. 1 edition of the Seattle PostIntelligencer

Senseless in Seattle

“Just as the New Left at-tempted a Baby Boomer imitationof real revolutionaries from still-earlier eras, something like aBrand New Left is being bornduring the World Trade Organi-zation meetings in Seattle. It’s anunconscious imitation of the ‘60simitation [of revolutionaries],with a ‘90s fillip of GenX fashionconsciousness… .

“In the ‘60s, draft-card-burningstudents held teach-ins on Viet-nam, sang Give Peace a Chance’and stormed the Pentagon. Toeducate the American publicabout the evils of free trade in the’90s, a San Francisco arm of theanti-WTO coalition called theGlobal Exchange rappelled downthe front of the Old Navy store inSeattle with a banner, chanting,Sweatshops: Free Trade or Cor-porate Slavery?’

“Others bashed in windows atMcDonald’s, Nordstrom’s andNiketown. Incongruously, many ofthem looked as if they had justshopped in the stores they weretrashing… .

“[Seattle] schoolchildren …bring home reports of efforts toget them to cut classes and takepart in the demonstrations. Whenmy 14-year-old and his pal de-clared this intention, it turned outthat their knowledge of the WTOwas rather limited. Is it abouthow bad trade is?’ my son tried.

“Well, that’s what they say, Ianswered, but before you boysjoin the protests, why don’t youtake off your shoes and see wherethey were made.

“Oops. One pair said Thailand,’another China.’ Guess you’ll haveto go barefoot, I suggested. Nevermind, they replied. Back toschool. Maybe the shoes testmight be a good one for all thedemonstrators. You are dis-qualified from demonstrating ifyou are objectively part of the ex-ploiter class.”

Bruce Chapman, writing on”Radical Chic in the Brand NewLeft’s World of Fashion,” in theDec. 1 edition of the Seattle PostIntelligencer

Senseless in Seattle

“Just as the New Left at-tempted a Baby Boomer imitationof real revolutionaries from still-earlier eras, something like aBrand New Left is being bornduring the World Trade Organi-zation meetings in Seattle. It’s anunconscious imitation of the ‘60simitation [of revolutionaries],with a ‘90s fillip of GenX fashionconsciousness… .

“In the ‘60s, draft-card-burningstudents held teach-ins on Viet-nam, sang Give Peace a Chance’and stormed the Pentagon. Toeducate the American publicabout the evils of free trade in the’90s, a San Francisco arm of theanti-WTO coalition called theGlobal Exchange rappelled downthe front of the Old Navy store inSeattle with a banner, chanting,Sweatshops: Free Trade or Cor-porate Slavery?’

“Others bashed in windows atMcDonald’s, Nordstrom’s andNiketown. Incongruously, many ofthem looked as if they had justshopped in the stores they weretrashing… .

“[Seattle] schoolchildren …bring home reports of efforts toget them to cut classes and takepart in the demonstrations. Whenmy 14-year-old and his pal de-clared this intention, it turned outthat their knowledge of the WTOwas rather limited. Is it abouthow bad trade is?’ my son tried.

“Well, that’s what they say, Ianswered, but before you boysjoin the protests, why don’t youtake off your shoes and see wherethey were made.

“Oops. One pair said Thailand,’another China.’ Guess you’ll haveto go barefoot, I suggested. Nevermind, they replied. Back toschool. Maybe the shoes testmight be a good one for all thedemonstrators. You are dis-qualified from demonstrating ifyou are objectively part of the ex-ploiter class.”

Bruce Chapman, writing on”Radical Chic in the Brand NewLeft’s World of Fashion,” in theDec. 1 edition of the Seattle PostIntelligencer

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