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Tuesday
August 9, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - Peter Jennings, Not A Champion Journalist
by Tibor R. Machan
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No one has designated Mr. Jennings & Co. as the inquisitors of government officials "on behalf of the public." No one could, and it is grossly presumptuous to think that somehow one should fill such a role, no matter how hefty one’s paycheck and popular one’s face before viewing audiences. (Read more...)
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Sunday
September 4, 2005
War for Men's Minds
Struthio Camelus Syndrome
by Eric Rockwell
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A frightening epistemological disease is spreading rapidly throughout the world, leaving mankind mentally crippled as a result.  (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 4, 2005
Commentary
Machan's Musings - Uneducated Interviewer
by Tibor R. Machan
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It may be gross folly, but I have had this notion that contemporary journalists working at major media outlets had to have received a good education. Alas, I could be very wrong. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
October 4, 2005
Commentary
Unintelligent Design - Part 2
by Peter Cresswell
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There is one single reason for the birth of the Intelligent Design chimera, and that is to smuggle Creationism back into American schools and so allow the continued indoctrination of impressionable young minds with supernatural nonsense. By giving equal measure to science on the one hand, and to faith on the other, its proponents hopes to give belief in faith and the supernatural some legs for a few more years. It's not intelligent, in fact it's completely transparent, and it amazes me that in the Twenty-First Century such stupidity still gets house room. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
October 5, 2005
Arts
Wagner - My First Time
by Tim Sturm
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Cresswell, you were right, and Perigo was wrong. As wrong as Rand was on Beethoven. (Read more...)
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Sunday
October 9, 2005
Heroes
Charles Givens
by Luke Setzer
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The complex world of personal finance can often overwhelm the average person. Mortgages, insurance, taxes, investments, real estate, employment, and business carry with them a host of rules, regulations, and pitfalls that seem designed to transfer wealth from the ignorant to the informed. A variety of magazines and books has offered instructions on how to control expenditures and build personal wealth. Some of the all-time best-selling books on personal finance have come from one man: Charles J. Givens. The story of his rise to fame, fall from grace, and final demise provide lessons for all of us. (Read more...)
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Saturday
November 19, 2005
Commentary
Decentralisation, and Those Who Oppose It
by Peter Cresswell
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What's wrong with choice, and letting people exercise it? What's wrong with a cornucopia of choices, an abundance of options, a profusion of possible housing choices? Why can't you leave people alone to choose for themselves their own manner of living? When you strip away the veneer of buzzwords surrounding the planners' latest fads, you're left with the express intent that these people don't like the choices you make about how to live, and they will make you pay any price to avoid letting you do so. (Read more...)
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Friday
December 2, 2005
Objectivism
Ayn Rand: Philosopher of Unity and Integration
by Edward W. Younkins
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Ayn Rand (1905-1982), the controversial American novelist and philosopher, has done more than anyone else in history to develop a moral case for capitalism. (Read more...)
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Tuesday
January 3, 2006
Commentary
Machan's Musings - Romantic Games and Why We Play Them
by Tibor R. Machan
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 I never read this book but "The Rules" is supposed to be an instruction manual guiding women on how to deal effectively with men in the course of a budding romance.  The central idea, not original to this little tract, is to keep the men coming while not showing them that you want them to.  The idea is, of course, pretty familiar to most of us: in order to gain someone's interest, we need to play hard to get. It is supposed to apply to all of us, not just women aiming to get their man.  (Read more...)
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Wednesday
December 13, 2006
Heroes
Frederic Bastiat on Self-Interest
by G. Stolyarov II
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An intricate and multifaceted understanding of the role of self-interest in economic behavior underpins the economic writings of Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850), a French classical liberal thinker, free-trade activist, and delegate to the French National Assembly. Bastiat saw the self-interest motive as central to human nature but capable of leading to diametrically opposite consequences depending on whether this motive was employed in peaceful production and voluntary exchange or in the plundering of others through crime or through the enshrinement of plunder in the law. Mr. Stolyarov examines Bastiat’s view of self-interest’s dual tendencies and the societies each of them leads to. In free markets where property is secure, self-interest results in prosperity, peace, harmony, and morality. In a redistributive state, however, man is pitted against man in perpetually recurring “legal plunder,” which is reinforced by the self-interest of politicians, special interest groups (rent-seekers), and the plundered classes who wish to enter government and remake the law to make themselves the plunderers.  (Read more...)
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Wednesday
June 4, 2008
Commentary
Harry Reid’s "Voluntary" Taxation
by Tibor R. Machan
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On the Web Site, FreeLiberal.com, to which someone guided me, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada defended the idea that taxation in America, especially the federal income tax, is voluntary. His basic argument was, believe it or not, that elsewhere in the world people lack the many loopholes we enjoy here. (These, by the way, are the loopholes Senator Reid and his fellows in the Senate are constantly promising to close!) So while the Senator’s case that taxation is voluntary rests on there being loopholes in the system, he is vehemently opposed to those loopholes. (Read more...)
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Monday
May 17, 2010
War for Men's Minds
The Inescapable Importance of Philosophy: the Root of and Solution to our Problems
by Bob Palin
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Have you ever wondered why seemingly intelligent, articulate people cannot seem to come to a consensus on the important issues facing our nation today? Or even on what the issues should be? Whether it’s the economy, foreign policy, immigration, gay marriage or any other issue you could name, the diversity of opinion is... (Read more...)
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Wednesday
May 9, 2012
War for Men's Minds
The Face of Egalitarianism
by Tibor R. Machan
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A few weeks ago they ran the famous Oxford v. Cambridge rowing race on the Thames but a fanatical egalitarian, Mr. Trenton Oldfield from Australia, ruined it for everyone by jumping in the river and blocking the race in the name of resisting the elitism of rowing! He was dubbed in the UK the “anarchist swimmer” and has mounted some other guerrilla strikes to make his point. Among other things he is urging cabbies to take well to do passengers on long detours and cleaners not to place toilet paper where they are expected to serve rich folks. (Read more...)
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Sunday
January 27, 2013
Commentary
Secular Altruism
by Joseph Rowlands
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Atheists are often on the defensive when it comes to morality. (Read more...)
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Wednesday
August 14, 2013
Commentary
Shopping in communism versus capitalism
by Tibor R. Machan
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In a narrative portion of his latest (and characteristically riveting) novel the author has written the following sentence that prompts me to wag my finger at him a bit. “Now it was a Western-style shopping mall stuffed with all the useless trinkets capitalism had to offer...” Daniel Silva, The English Girl (2013). (Read more...)
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Tuesday
November 26, 2013
Commentary
A Precis on Humanism
by Tibor R. Machan
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A humanist argues, not unlike Socrates did, that ethics or morality rests on an understanding of human nature. (Read more...)
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Monday
March 10, 2014
War for Men's Minds
Egalitarian Nightmares
by Tibor R. Machan
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Probably every era has its scary ideology and ours, I’m afraid, is egalitarianism.

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Wednesday
April 17, 2002
ObjectivismThe Free Radical
Dogma and Development - Thoughts on the evolution of Objectivism
by Barry Kayton
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Four decades after the publication of Atlas Shrugged, the groundswell of people familiar with Ayn Rand and Objectivism continues to grow. Year after year, Ayn Rand's fiction attracts bright, eager, young people, many seeking a golden highway to Galt's Gulch. But beyond Ayn Rand's fiction lies a disappointingly narrow land of interesting articles, abstract philosophy and, for many, authoritative dogma. (Read more...)
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Friday
September 17, 2004
Commentary
Philosophy Gone Wrong
by Joseph Rowlands
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Having a conversation with someone I know, the discussion went to philosophy as it often does.  We quickly came to disagreements because we had very different views on what the purpose of philosophy is. (Read more...)
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Thursday
January 6, 2005
Objectivism
Utopianism
by Joseph Rowlands
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Any attempt at a rational improvement of the world will necessarily involve contrasting what we have with what we think is better.  If the mere act of claiming something is better is considered utopian, there's no possible way of improving.  If we're afraid of projecting ideals, we'll always be stuck where we are now.  (Read more...)
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Saturday
January 15, 2005
The Good Life
The Pitfall Of Passivism
by Lindsay Perigo
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To be a passivist is to be vulnerable to dogmatists pretending to know it all, when in fact they are no more qualified to live your life than you are to live theirs. It is to risk abandoning the virtue of independence in favour of conformity to someone else’s dictates. (Read more...)
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Thursday
March 17, 2005
Arts
On a Bright Cloud of Music
by Eric Rockwell
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I is both a masterpiece of the American musical theatre and a passionate portrayal of the triumph of reason. (Read more...)
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Saturday
March 19, 2005
Objectivism
The Radicalism of Objectivism
by Ron Merrill
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The late Ron Merrill speaks about what is radical about Objectivism - and what it implies qua praxis. (Read more...)
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Sunday
May 15, 2005
Commentary
A Personal Response to Einstein’s Why Socialism?
by Sarah House
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I recently read Albert Einstein’s Why Socialism? and I have some thoughts regarding it. However, since I am not an economist or political scientist I won’t respond regarding the inefficiencies of a socialist economy or the political nature of a socialist government. Instead, I’ll tell you how I responded to Al’s writing. (Read more...)
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Friday
October 14, 2005
Objectivism
Values are Not Universal
by Craig Haynie
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Any attempt to universalize value precludes any possibility of real value, because such attempts separate value from the valuer. All values are personal. And that's a fact. (Read more...)
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