Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
• You Can Hear the Death Rattle of Conservatism
Rand Paul |
[Jonah] Goldberg asserts [in a 2001 article] that libertarianism "tells kids everything they want to be told." Indeed, the word "kids" appears five times in the first five paragraphs. He notes: “But, as is usually the case in Washington, the libertoids were the most ideologically aggressive, both during the Q&A and in private conversations. It was these kids – interns from Cato, fresh Borg drones from the Libertarian party, and kids who as teenagers had read Ayn Rand or Murray Rothbard the way others had listened to Bruce Springsteen – who seemed the most cross with me.”
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
• • • Seeking Galt’s Gulch
Alan Greenspan |Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism |
Atlas Shrugged was written in 1957, and, at that time, Rand’s supporters were not numerous, although future Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan was a pal and agreed largely with her philosophy. (How things change.) However, in the last fifty years, the book has proven to be amazingly prophetic, even in some of the details, as to where the US, and by extension, the First World in general, was headed.
Monday, February 18, 2013
• • My ‘Debate’ With George Jonas Continues
Individual Rights |
I do indeed agree with [George] Jonas that Randianism, Objectivism, is indeed a cult, because these characteristics do fit that movement, and that they are often considered libertarian, with good reason. Why do I believe this? Because there is evidence for this claim.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
• • The Time for Predictions Is Over
The Fountainhead |Individualism |
Predictions, in a way, are for people who are watching from the sidelines, taking bets and choosing sides. What I am seeing, just glimpsing really, is a new emergent attitude all over the country, and the world, that is extremely good for liberty, for capitalism, and for the future. It isn’t an attitude that is unified, or particularly collective – rather, it is simple and individualistic and caustic. It is captured, for the readers of Ayn Rand, in Howard Roark’s famous answer to Ellsworth Toohey’s question, “What do you think of me?”
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Friday, November 30, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• 21 Days To Save Your Life
Even with my fortunate education described above, it took twenty years of insidious weight gain for me to come to my senses, and only because I am pre-disposed towards distrusting government propaganda because of my belief in Austrian economics. Even with that interest, it took me fifteen years to reach Austrian economics through a long road of Adam Smith, P.J.O’Rourke, and Ayn Rand, to eventually discover Ludwig von Mises, Murray N. Rothbard, and Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
• A Letter From Vienna
Among those around the table that evening where a Randian objectivist, a Mormon, a Roman Catholic and a Jewish convert to Catholicism from Iceland, Croatia, Belgium, and US via France. With these various backgrounds and profound cultural disagreements I think we all would strongly agree that libertarianism is the economic/political philosophy founded on the principles of nonviolence and property rights that best facilitates cultural development and coexistence. In a particular place or time an individual libertarian might feel more or less strongly against his government.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
• • Advice for Ron Paul
Ron Paul is doing just fine in his campaign. He is promoting liberty at a magnificent clip. He is converting people to libertarianism en masse, perhaps more so than any other person in the entire history of the planet (with the possible exception of Ayn Rand; however, she abjured the libertarian philosophy, while Dr. Paul embraces it enthusiastically).
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
• Libertarian Vampires and the Importance of Fiction
We can include Douglas Adams, given his brilliant take on bureaucracy in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Ayn Rand, George Orwell, and nearly every other dystopian author as having relevance to the libertarian mind.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
• • 5 Reasons Why American Riots Will Be the Worst in the World
“You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of reality.” ~ Ayn Rand
Monday, July 25, 2011
• The Jack Ass Show
Atlas Shrugged |
They hated John Galt because of his confidence in his own beliefs. Where they had doubts, he had none. Hosts like the Jack Ass are never sure their opinion is right - yet they demand everyone agree with them.
• • Escape From America
Atlas Shrugged |
Just like in Ayn Rand’s great book, Atlas Shrugged, many of the US and western world’s brightest and most industrious are leaving at a rapidly increasing rate. And, just like in the book, at least some of them are gravitating to the same enclave, in northern Argentina.
Friday, July 08, 2011
• My Anti-Capitalist Twitter Critic
A couple weeks ago a critic of the free market, quite appalled that I would exonerate the free market of blame for child labor, poor working conditions, and the like, unleashed a barrage of comments on Twitter directed my way. She was responding to a blog post in which I promoted [a] presentation to a group of high school students at the Mises Institute. Her tweet read, "How right-wing Ayn Rand disciples INDOCTRINATE high school students." Subtle, she isn’t.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
• I’ll Take the Reactionary Over the Murderer, Thanks
Atlas Shrugged |
Let’s just assume the worst about [Ron] Paul: that he’s a corporate libertarian in the Reason magazine/Cato Institute mold that would grant Big Business and the financial industry license to do whatever the hell it wants with little in the way of accountability (I call this scenario the “status quo”). Let’s say he dines on Labradoodle puppies while using their blood to scribble notes in the margins of his dog-eared, gold-encrusted copy of Atlas Shrugged. So. F***ing. What.