Friday, May 26, 2006

Council Winners

Watchers Council winners for the week have been posted.

First place went to Let Us Make Them All Welcome by Gates of Vienna, which touches on a subject dear to us here, the plight of Europeans who stand up to Muslim extremists and often find themselves backstabbed by their own countries:

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the beginnings of what could be another sea change for Europe. Remember the 1930’s when so many of Europe’s intelligentsia came to America to escape Fascism? Albert Einstein was one; Karen Horney was another. Our intellectual ranks and our universities were enriched as Europe’s totalitarian rumblings caused the educated ranks to flee to safer shores.

It seems to be happening again. In addition to Hirsi Ali’s imminent departure from the Netherlands, there is a growing feeling that Europe is not safe for those who dissent even a little from the received wisdom of the bureaucratic state, or dare to confront the Muslim taqiyya so prevalent there

Also getting votes were Assessing the Threat At Our Southern Border, an excellent and thoughtful (as always) analysis of that by The Glittering Eye, The Narcissistic Synthesis -- Sometimes, You Get What You Need by Dr. Sanity, which includes a fascinating chart at the end, Citizens of the World by ShrinkWrapped, and Saudi Textbooks (After the Intolerance Was Removed!) by Joshuapundit.

Outside the Council, it was an absolute landslide (in Council terms) for The Essential President Bush by The Anchoress. I know it got my vote. Even though I don't entirely agree with it, and in some matters have taken the opposite tack. But it was a stirring bit of rally-writing, and well worth sustained applause.

Also getting votes were SC&A Vent by Sigmund, Carl & Alfred, which spins off the theme of immigration into some dark and daring territory, Is Left-Leaning Google Censoring Right-Leaning Websites? by The American Thinker, and Lesson in Civic Responsibility? (Well, Yes!) by Classical Values.

It wasn't a winner, but one of the entries submitted was this salute to The Liberty Fund, which publishes essential historical texts that have been neglected and allowed to fall out of print. The publisher has a distinct libertarian leaning, but the books are ones anyone needs a familiarity with to claim an education.

It is the economics branch of the wider Library of Liberty, whece comes my cherished volume of the works of St. George Tucker, who foresaw America's future in so many ways.