Sunday, November 04, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
• Profiles in Liberty: Michelle Fields, Libertarian Journalist
Matt Naugle: How did you become a libertarian? Michelle Fields: My older brother, Michael, is a libertarian and introduced me to Ayn Rand and Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State & Utopia.”
Thursday, June 21, 2012
• • D-Day: Heroic Crusade or Pyrrhic Victory
As Ayn Rand wrote either a Society is based upon the principles of collectivism or that of Individualism. This country was founded on the principles of Individualism. That is a belief that every person has the inalienable right to their life, liberty and property and that no man or group of men have the right to take it away.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
• • Rand, Rush and the Religious Right
Individual Rights |
“Man has inalienable rights which cannot be taken away from him by any other man, nor by any number, group, or collective of men.” Ayn Rand ”Textbook of Americanism”
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
• • Give your Consent or Pledge your Allegiance: Either way the State Wins
“When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion — when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing — when you see money flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors — when you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you — when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice — you may know that your society is doomed.” - Ayn Rand. I don’t think we are doomed. I am an optimist and everything that man has done was done because of his thoughts.
Friday, April 13, 2012
• • Freedom in Film: “Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within”
The Motion Picture industry has been a bastion of collectivist thought for decades. Ayn Rand famously tried to help stem the Red Tide in Hollywood when she wrote her classic Textbook of Americanism. I hope to carry on her crusade but to do so in a different way. Instead of focusing on the negative my goal is to bring to light those films from around the globe that exemplify the struggle between liberty and coercion.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
• • Anarcho-capitalism Revisited
While I certainly agree that people are far more intelligent than government planners make them out to be, I think anarcho-capitalist thinkers go too far. Here’s an excerpt from David Friedman’s Machinery of Freedom that illustrates this point, regarding private police trying to resolve a property dispute: “ [....] The stage seems set for a nice little war between Tannahelp and Dawn Defense. It is precisely such a possibility that has led some libertarians who are not anarchists, most notably Ayn Rand, to reject the possibility of competing free-market protection agencies. But wars are very expensive, and Tannahelp and Dawn Defense are both profit-making corporations, more interested in saving money than face. I think the rest of the story would be less violent than Miss Rand supposed.”
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
• • Democrats target oils companies with “Reasonable Profits Board”
Atlas Shrugged |
Call it election year politics, but it sounds like something right out of Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged. Democrats are again targeting oil companies by pushing a so-called “Reasonable Profits Board” to regulate their profits
Saturday, December 31, 2011
• Newsletter controversy still hanging around Ron Paul
Do I believe that Paul is a racist or anti-gay? Absolutely not. As he has so frequently said, though he is borrowing from Ayn Rand, to be a racist is to view people as groups, not individuals; and that is anathema to the libertarian viewpoint.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
• • A shift in ideology
Atlas Shrugged |
My full shift to libertarianism came by way of Atlas Shrugged. I’ve since read it four times. However, Rand’s words from the fifties, her envisioned ideas of people who expected handouts, sounded a great deal like the people I had heard on television arguing that they deserved their welfare money. They had been receiving it for years, they needed it, and it was theirs. It rang incredibly true to me and I realized that socialism destroys the individual desire to achieve.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
• • Ignorance of the law
Between federal, state, and local governments, there are hundreds of thousands of laws governing our behavior at any given moment. [....] Ayn Rand once said “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws.” With all of these laws, it certainly seems like there’s some validity to this line of thought.