In Defense of the Autonomous Individual

Special Fund-Raising Drive My book on Atlas Shrugged is doing well, and my publicity drive to promote it is still ongoing, but now it’s time for me to start moving on to intellectual work on the next big project. I’ve been teasing for a while what that next project is going to be, and now […]

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So Who Is John Galt, Anyway?

I’m pleased to announce that So Who Is John Galt, Anyway? A Reader’s Guide to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is now available at Amazon. You can buy it as a paperback or as an e-book. A lot of credit goes to my wife, Sherri, for spending a couple of weeks of her time making the […]

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Tank Man City

World News Roundup Some time ago, I decided to take off last week in an attempt to get a little more rest and avoid burnout before going into the end-of-the-year rush and starting work on my new book project. It’s only a week, I thought, what could possibly happen? A lot, it turns out. To […]

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The Only “Deep State” Is the One Trump Created

Intrepid Republican sleuths finally found the Deep State operatives who have been working to bring down President Trump by creating the appearance of an improper, politically motivated quid pro quo in his dealings with Ukraine. Those operatives are a rogue US ambassador and a lawyer operating in the shadows entirely outside the normal workings of […]

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Sean Spicer on “Dancing with the Stars” Is Everything That’s Wrong with the Trump Era

Some of us have been wondering exactly what victory in the Culture War would look like. Well, now we know what Trump country thinks victory looks like. God help us, it looks like this. That’s Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, clomping his way through a routine on “Dancing with the Stars,” where he […]

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The Foreign Policy of the United States

Impeachment Roundup As I mentioned in the last edition, to keep impeachment news from overwhelming everything else, I’ll be putting almost all of my commentary on this issue into separate updates like this one that will come out every week or two as developments merit. I’m going to try not to get bogged down in […]

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Congratulations, “Deep State” Conspiracy Theorists, You’ve Discovered Bureaucracy

Just as “fake news” is the epithet thrown around as a magic formula to justify refusing to pay attention to any fact you don’t like, so the “deep state” is a magic formula used to justify ignoring the latest evidence of President Trump’s malfeasance in foreign policy, by waving it all off as a political […]

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The New Science of Progress, and the Old One

News Roundup Editor’s Note: I’m continuing for one more installment of my “News Roundup” format in a last push to catch up with everything that’s been happening while I was completing my book on Atlas Shrugged. I’ve also realized that impeachment news could easily swamp everything else that’s going on in the world, so I […]

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Renoir Is Canceled

I regret to inform you that Renoir is canceled. To be “canceled,” in the parlance of our Politically Correct age, is to be found to be ideologically “problematic” and to be banished from morally respectable “woke” society–not merely to lose a job or to be ostracized, but to be eliminated from all recognition of having […]

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Capitalocene

News Roundup Editor’s Note: Check out a podcast I did as a guest of Erik Torenberg, alongside Jason Crawford, talking about the need to appreciate the achievements of capitalism, how our failure to grasp the scope of human progress distorts our thinking, plus a defense of Ayn Rand and of course a plug for my […]

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The Narrow Tribalism of “Social Justice”

Is the NBA’s cave-in to China really all about the money? When LeBron James speaks up about perceived injustices here in the United States but urges silence against a foreign dictatorship that is running concentration camps, is it a case of the NBA “bowing at the altar of the almighty Chinese yuan,” as Los Angeles […]

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