Monday Links

Via Instapundit:

Vaccines aren’t supposed to cause disease. But that appears to be what’s happening on Australian farms. Scientists have found that two virus strains used to vaccinate chickens there may have recombined to form a virus that is sickening and killing the animals. (Source)

I will not deny that modern medicine has given us many benefits, but sometimes there seems to be a hubris involved. Keep tinkering with the building blocks of life, and things may go horribly wrong. But hey, to make an omelette you have to be willing to break a few genetic eggs, right?

Second, from our friends at Reason Magazine:

In May the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina on behalf of blogger Steve Cooksey. The suit claims the state violated Cooksey’s First Amendment right to free speech when it informed him that his anti-diabetes blog runs afoul of North Carolina laws requiring a license to dispense anything the state considers dietary advice. (Source)

The article goes on to discuss the myriad of ways that the government gets between us and our food. How did the human race ever survive in the days before the FDA and the USDA? If we feel we have to surrender our nutritional decisions to boards of bureaucrats, we are no longer a free people.

Finally, Vox Day waxes eloquent about the necessity of history:

…the totalitarian thirst for eliminating and creatively rewriting history does tend to lend some credence to the idea that the knowledge of history is important, perhaps even integral to understanding and upholding human freedom. (Source)

It might be a cliche to say that those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Think about the characters in Orwell’s novels. They do not have any true knowledge of what really happened in the past; they know only what their leaders tell them. He who controls the present controls the past. Knowing what your fathers and mothers really went through is important. A knowledge of history does not produce things that people want to buy, but it may just keep another Hitler or Stalin from rising up and saying “We have always been at war with Eurasia.”

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