Afghanistan Rules of Engagement Endanger American Soldiers

This is the most disturbing account I’ve read in some time regarding America’s rules of engagements in the on-going conflict in Afghanistan. From the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights: I’ve argued in Winning the Unwinnable War and in talks around the country that this policy is self-crippling and morally perverse. And the policy is […]

Greeks Demand Sacrifice

Greece, once the cradle of modern civilization, has stumbled lately with an economic fiasco brought about largely by a failing welfare (read: altruist/collectivist) state. It appears that they want the rest of the world to pay for their mistakes. As Voices for Reason has reported, the Greeks are attacking a pharmaceutical company for refusing to […]

Honoring Our Soldiers

Memorial Day was yesterday, and it’s always caused me to reflect on how best to honor those men and women who have fought and died for their country. It’s important to get this kind of thing right—we don’t honor them for what they did for us, we honor them for what they did for themselves. […]

Obama as Anti-American

Edward Cline sent a letter to Charles Krauthammer at the Washington Post, to nudge Krauthammer in the direction of calling Obama out morally and not just practically. In his usual well-written and –reasoned style, Cline identified in the letter Obama’s essential nature: Obama is the vengeance dream of every anti-American “radical” who ever demonstrated against […]

Woody Allen: Obama Should Be a Dictator

Yes, Hollywood remains largely disconnected from reality. Speaking about the great job that Obama has been doing as President, Woody Allen said: I am pleased with Obama. I think he’s brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him…it would be good…if he could be a dictator for […]

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged gets most of the press nowadays, but Ayn Rand has another work that perhaps serves as a better introduction to her works. Particularly for younger folks, Anthem provides a glimpse into Ayn Rand’s sense of life that is far shorter and more accessible than Atlas Shrugged. Amazon’s description provides a decent introduction: Written with […]

Yaron Brook and Onkar Ghate Discuss the Berlin Wall – 2009

On the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, it’s frightening and pathetic to note how little importance our current Administration places on the most powerful symbol of the fall of Communism. That symbol is, of course, the fall of the Berlin Wall, a veritably artistic representation of the return to freedom of millions of people […]

On the American Use of the Atomic Bomb

Two important pieces on America’s use of the atomic bomb in Japan. The impetus was John Stewart’s position that dropping the bomb was a war crime and Truman a war criminal. First, there’s Bill Whittle’s discussion on PJTV. Watch it here. Then, read this John Lewis’s discussion: “Gifts from Heaven”: The Meaning of the American […]

The True Nature of Socialism

My wife grew up in the Soviet Union, and this is precisely how she describes it: The Choice Between Capitalism and Socialism. Take note of the part in bold type: A few days ago, I happened to meet a doctor in our area who has an unusual background. He emigrated to America from Russia, and […]

Objectivism in Practice

A very nice piece on John Allison and BB&T, in the National Review, of all places: Objectivist Philosophy for Fun and Profit: John Allison isn’t your typical bank executive. For one thing, when he retired at the end of last year as CEO of BB&T — a North Carolina–based bank with more than 1,500 branches […]