In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review December 4, 2012/ 20 Kislev, 5773

Freedom spawns prosperity

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Is economic growth over?

Gross Domestic Product has grown 3 percent a year, on average, for the last century. But tax hikes and spending cuts next year will likely send the economy back into recession, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

The recession triggered by the subprime mortgage crisis was just the "overture," said investment guru Peter Schiff. "The opera is coming" next year, or in 2014, he said.

So batten the hatches. A big storm's coming. Will growth return to "normal" if misguided policies are reversed, as most conservatives think?

No, says economist Robert Gordon. "The rapid progress made over the past 250 years could well turn out to be a unique episode in human history," he wrote in a paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research.

For most of history, wealth barely grew. "It is fairly clear that up to 1800 or maybe 1750, no society had experienced sustained growth in per capita income," wrote Robert Lucas, a Nobel laureate in economics.

The annual rate of growth in the 18th century was just one third of 1 percent. Then, suddenly, growth spurted. World economies grew three times as fast in the 19th century. World production grew at an average annual rate of 2.4 percent in the first half of the 20th century, 4 percent in the second half.

Wealth exploded because of the vast increase in productivity generated by the inventions of the Industrial Revolution. But productivity gains from many of those innovations can happen only once, Mr. Gordon said, and they're petering out. Growth rates will plunge chiefly because population is growing more slowly, and resources -- particularly energy -- are more expensive.

Our old GDP growth rate is "gone forever," agreed Jeremy Grantham, chief investment strategist for an asset management firm. Future GDP growth will average less than 1 percent a year, he predicts.

If they're right, things will get ugly. Before the Industrial Revolution, people thought the only way to get more wealth was to take it from someone else. This sparked class conflict and wars of conquest.

Why -- after thousands of years of stagnation -- did the Industrial Revolution break out where and when it did? That's the key question, but Mr. Gordon and Mr. Grantham didn't ask it.

The answer is found in the ideas of two men.

People have God-given rights no king or parliament has a right to take away, John Locke said in his "Second Treatise on Civil Government" (1690).

When people are free to pursue their self interest, nations prosper, because they make mutually beneficial arrangements, Adam Smith said in "The Wealth of Nations" (1776). The concept of win-win was born.

It's no coincidence the Industrial Revolution bore its first and greatest fruits in Britain and the United States, where the ideas of Locke and Smith were most assiduously followed.

Resource limits are often predicted, but rarely materialize in free societies, because imaginative people create resources out of materials not previously regarded as valuable. Petroleum was considered a pollutant until Canadian geologist Abraham Gesner in 1849 found that kerosene was an excellent substitute for whale oil (a declining resource at the time) in oil lamps. The chief material ingredient in the computer chip is silicon. We're not likely to run out of sand anytime soon. The fracking revolution indicates that all that stands in the way of abundant low-cost energy is government policy.

Most of us have difficulty seeing beyond the here and now. Only a few have the imagination and persistence of a Thomas Edison, who saw the electric light, the phonograph and the motion picture camera when no one else did. When I was the age my daughter is now, I couldn't have imagined the Internet or cell phones. Fortunately, others could.

People like Edison, Eli Whitney, Cyrus McCormick, Clarence Birdseye, Henry Ford and the Wright brothers are very rare. But I doubt such genius was restricted to 19th-century America.

When Thomas Edison was born, the population of the United States was about 23 million. It's 13 times as great now. How many potential Edisons might there be among us, whose creativity is being stifled by overbearing government?

Freedom is the only "natural resource" required for economic growth. If Americans become again as free as once they were to pursue their dreams, economic growth will resume, probably greater than ever before.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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