Tag Archives | Ayn Rand

The Tribute Pragmatism Pays to Principle

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I ended top story #3, my overview of the self-destruction of the Democratic Party, with a warning about how the Republicans can blow it all by forgetting what they are supposed to stand for. This is the danger presented by the top political story of the year, the rise […]

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The Objectivist Conspiracy

Did you know that the incoming Trump administration is an Objectivist conspiracy intended to install a cabal of Ayn Rand “acolytes” at the highest levels of the United States government? Neither did I, and I actually am an Objectivist. So you can imagine my excitement at reading a somewhat hysterical warning from the Washington Post […]

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Success vs. Achievement

Is success good? Or is achievement better? Is there a difference? Well, yes, in a way. The words are frequently used interchangeably, and they are clearly closely related. In making a distinction between the two, I don’t intend to criticize anyone for not parsing the fine differences between them in everyday use, nor am I […]

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The Humanitarian with the Trolley

I’m trying out a slightly different format that will allow me to send out more frequent exclusive subscriber-only content (as opposed to advance version of articles printed in The Federalist or at RealClearFuture and elsewhere). This is going to take the form of short notes, sometimes with a list of article recommendations at the end. […]

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Gary Johnson Is a Left-Wing Candidate

On Friday, Brian Doherty of the Libertarian flagship publication Reason scolded me, and by extension anyone else who has been turned off by some of the Johnson-Weld ticket’s public statements, that we were placing more importance on “the attitude stuff related to culture war issues about discrimination and guns” than on the really crucial issues […]

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The Chip on the Libertarian Shoulder

At the beginning of this week, I published a piece about my disappointment at the Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld over two major gaffes in which they failed to stand up for liberty on key issues. Which struck me as a pretty major failing for libertarians. Reason‘s Nick Gillespie quickly produced a […]

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Hippies of the Right

This is the one year I am vaguely considering voting for the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson. I’m sure I’m not the only regular Republican voter to do so. Too bad Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld are kind of blowing it. I normally wouldn’t vote Libertarian because they’re a small splinter party […]

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Did Dominique Francon Win?

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 9 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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Donald Trump Is an Ayn Rand Villain

So Donald Trump says he’s an Ayn Rand fan. Which has about as much credibility as every other claim Trump makes about himself. This comes by way of an interview with Kirsten Powers for USA Today. Here’s how it’s described: Trump described himself as an Ayn Rand fan. He said of her novel The Fountainhead, […]

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Who Is James Taggart?

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 8 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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