Tag Archives | Ayn Rand

Salon of the Refused, Episode 9

Episode 9 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Bob Garmong, former lecturer at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and author of a forthcoming study on the political thought of John Stuart Mill, about Mill and the history of political “liberalism.” The conversation includes: Locke […]

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A Guide to Surviving the Trumpocalypse

The big story over the holidays, in the transition from 2018 to 2019, is the first beginnings of the Trumpocalypse. When Donald Trump was elected, a lot of us predicted disaster, and so far it seems that the disaster has not come. But the consequences of this presidency are still unfolding, and in the last […]

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Social Media Was a Mistake

Top Stories of the Year: #1 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. At the top of the list this year is what we have discovered about the impact of digital media on our public debate—particularly the second […]

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Culture Is Downstream of Politics

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. Andrew Breitbart famously said that politics is downstream of culture. But if he had lived to see the art and entertainment in 2018, he might […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 2

The second episode of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. Rob Tracinski talks with Charles C.W. Cooke, editor of NationalReview.com, on what it’s like to be an atheist on the right. The conversation includes: the secular basis for morality and liberty, how atheism is good for the right, Ayn […]

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Making the “Miracle”

Several recent books on the Enlightenment have sought to celebrate its legacy but have been strangely cursory in their examination of actual Enlightenment thinkers, their ideas, and their influence, sometimes treating the embrace of reason, individual rights, and political freedom as a “miracle” that seemingly came out of nowhere. If you’re interested in the question […]

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Dagny Taggart, Senior White House Official

When President Trump first took office, there was a minor panic about the fact that a number of his appointees had read and recommended Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Judging from the most recent controversy, it looks like not enough of them have read it, because the administration’s self-designated Atlases are not shrugging. This news comes […]

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How to Defend the Enlightenment Without Really Trying

The Trump era—which has been characterized by a rise of anti-intellectualism, the ideological muddling of the right, and a swerve toward illiberalism on both sides of the political debate—has, by way of compensation, also produced a mini-revival of interest and debate about the philosophical ideas of the Enlightenment. One of the most prominent entries in […]

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Who Stole Self-Esteem?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Who Stole Self-Esteem? How did “self-esteem” become a pejorative associated with the most contemptible trends in contemporary culture? How did it turn from an earned expression of self-respect to an all-purpose form of coddling for the incompetent? The phenomenon should not be such a surprise. Ayn Rand […]

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Jim Kirk Was Many Things, But He Was Never a Social Justice Warrior

It has become commonplace these days to lament that we don’t have a common culture anymore—a repertoire of art that we can all enjoy regardless of our political loyalties. Well, maybe it’s because we have a lot of people trying to mark off parts of the culture as their tribal territory, off limits to partisan […]

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