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The Post-9/11 Era

This article was originally published in TIA Daily. Welcome to the post-9/11 era. Ten years later, the terrorist attacks of September 11 are no longer the defining events of American politics and foreign policy. I do not mean by this what most of the political establishment means by it. They think they have gotten beyond […]

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Icarus and Apollo

Originally published in TIA Daily. The space shuttle Endeavor just landed for the last time last night in Florida, marking the end of the second to last manned space flight to be undertaken by the United States for the foreseeable future. In a recent op-ed, three legends of the Apollo space program mourned the end […]

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The “Skills Gap” and the Education Bubble

Originally published in TIA Daily. In early 2009, during the first few dreadful months of the Obama administration, I set out looking for signs of hope by taking an inventory of America’s remaining cultural reserves of strength. This included a look at what Americans turn to for their daily entertainment, particularly on television. I wrote […]

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How to Keep Atlas from Shrugging

Originally published in TIA Daily. I recently described the real-life parallels to events in Atlas Shrugged. But as Ayn Rand once said, part of the novel’s purpose was to prevent it from becoming prophetic. To understand how we can prevent the novel from becoming a full description of events in the current day, we have […]

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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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