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How Was the Movie? It Was a Great Book

Originally published in TIA Daily. I’ve been surveying the reviews for the movie version of Atlas Shrugged, and I’ve noticed something odd about them. Most reviews say little about the movie itself and focus instead on criticizing or praising the book. It is as if the reviewer were asked, “So how was the movie?” and […]

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The Ayn Rand Factor and the “Atlas Shrugged” Movie

Originally published in TIA Daily. After more than 50 years, a movie version of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s perennially best-selling pro-capitalist epic in finally coming to the big screen—but through the strangest route possible. That the film hasn’t been made long ago, despite being one of world’s most successful literary properties, is surprising—but not too […]

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The Spirit of the Constitution

Originally published in TIA Daily. The Meaning of the Ninth Amendment Editor’s Note: The folks at the Jefferson Area Tea Party asked me to represent them on Wednesday at a celebration of the 219th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Speakers were asked to read one of the amendments in the Bill of Rights and […]

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Anthemgate

Originally published in TIA Daily, Although TIA Daily is written from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, I don’t devote much attention to internal disputes within the Objectivist movement, because I want this publication to stay focused on the wider world. There is certainly enough going on out there to fully engage our […]

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Thomas Jefferson’s Tea Party Speech

Originally published in TIA Daily. Editor’s Note: At the Jefferson Area Tea Party’s Independence Day celebration in Charlottesville, Virginia, we were favored by a surprise visit from our most famous local celebrity, the Sage of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Jefferson came to read the Declaration of Independence to our audience, but after he was done, […]

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From the Cave to the Moon

Originally published in TIA Daily. Today is the 40th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon—an event that still reverberates as the symbol of mankind’s unlimited potential for achievement. But as Ayn Rand observed at the time, the culture’s intellectuals did not want to have to confront the meaning and implications of the moon […]

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What Has Jerusalem to Do with Athens?

In honor of Benedict XVI’s resignation, I am reposting an article I wrote analyzing his first big speech as pope and the controversy surrounding it. This was originally published in TIA Daily, then later in The Intellectual Activist, with the following cover image, for which John Cox and Allen Forkum combined Raphael’s “The School of Athens” […]

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