Picture of the week

PEGIDA-like demonstration against Islam in Brno, Czech Republic

Translation is below the video:

According to estimates, several hundred people gathered at the Moravian Square in Brno for a demonstration against Islam.

Nearby, representatives of tolerance and religious freedom had their own gathering.  Only about 200 of them showed up.

The action was commenced by an ecumenical religious service. The police did not have to solve any problems in the first few ‘ten-minutes’.  (Aside ‘ten-minute’ is a frequently used time unit in Czech)

Participants move freely between both gatherings.

Some argue about what is a greater threat to the society:  Islam or intolerance.

“No, you will not get to speak, you don’t have the right to stand up here.  Certainly no, you will not get it. You have no place here:  this is our event.”

Today’s date, the holiday of St. Valentine, was intentionally selected by the organizers.  They insist that celebrating the holiday of love is forbidden in Islam.

According to public information, there are several hundred Muslims in Brno.  Since the year 1998, the first functioning  Mosque in Czech has operated here.

Andrew Napolitano – The First Jury Nullification

Go Cameroon: 143:1!

From News24:

‘Yaound -The Cameroonian army killed 143 Boko Haram fighters who attacked a military base in the northern town of Kolofata on Monday, in what the government said was the militants’ heaviest loss yet on its territory.

One Cameroonian soldier also lost his life in the clashes, Communications Minister and government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement read out on television and radio.

The toll was “the heaviest loss yet” suffered by Boko Haram on Cameroonian soil, he said, and comes at a time of fears of increased cross-border raids by the Nigeria-based group into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The spokesperson said the attack began in the early hours when “several hundred” Islamist fighters took advantage of thick fog to cross over from Nigeria and tried to storm the town’s military base, where an elite army unit is stationed.’

Thomas Sowell: The Fallacy of Cemocracy

Milton Friedman – The Road To A Collectivist State

Walter E Williams – A Discussion On Wealth Inequality

Walter Williams makes I point that reminds me of something that happened back when I was in high school. One of my English teachers was an old hippy who considered himself to be very progressive and who thought socialism was the best thing ever.  Now, having been born and grown up in a socialist worker’s paradise aka the wrong side of the Iron Curtain, I knew the reality of that life and disagreed most vociferously with his characterizations of it.

One time, when discussing the difference between political systems in the West and East, he presented what he considered to be an unassailable argument:  “If you are hungry, and somebody hands you a steak, you don’t ask where it comes from!”

I pointed out, rather sharply, that there is a big difference:  the Western way, if you were hungry, people would hand you a steak out of the goodness of their heart.  The Socialist way was to hand you a gun and say:  “Your neighbour eats steaks every day and that is not fair.  Go and take them from him at gun point!”

This is born out again and again:  the more robust the ‘social support net’ is perceived to be, the less people give to charity.

The more wealth in a society is redistributed at gunpoint, the less people are predisposed to share with the less fortunate people out of the goodness of their heart – and rather understandably so.  No longer do they feel it is their job to help – they are already paying the government to do it for them!

And we all know how good kind and caring large bureaucracies like the government are!

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