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Ayn Rand Is for Adolescents

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What We Owe John Williams

Editor’s Note: The piece below draws extensively from an article on the Olympics that I wrote in 2014.—RWT Composer John Williams turns 86 today, which by happy coincidence is the same day millions of viewers will be celebrating some of his best music: the themes he wrote for the Olympics, which have since become a […]

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In a Mirror, Darkly

I have finally made it through the third episode of “Star Trek: Discovery,” long enough for the plot to settle down enough so I can evaluate whether the show matches up to my hopes. All I can say is that somebody on this show had better Grow the Beard and do it soon. This is […]

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The Multiverse at the Multiplex

The teaser trailer just came out for a new Ghostbusters movie. It’s not exactly a remake; maybe it’s a reboot, with the main difference being that this time the Ghostbusters are chicks (and the writing, judging from the trailer, is awful). But it’s much more than that. This film is planned, not just as an […]

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The Paradox of Sense of Life

How to Achieve a Benevolent Sense of Life, Part 4 This is part four of a five-part series. Many years ago, I was at a point in my career when I had stuck my neck out to take a stand on principle, under conditions that I knew could be bad for my career and my […]

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The Psychology of “Normal Life”

How to Achieve a Benevolent Sense of Life, Part 3 This is part three of what looks like it might be a five-part series. In the previous installment of this series, I urged readers to become flame-spotters who look for the good in the world, so that this orientation toward the good becomes the psychological […]

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Flame Spotting

How to Achieve a Benevolent Sense of Life Part two of a four-part series. In the first installment of this series, I challenged the notion that a malevolent sense of life is a reaction to the uniquely bad circumstances of “today’s world,” both because sense of life is not about your momentary circumstances and because […]

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How to Achieve a Benevolent Sense of Life

Part 1: “How to Maintain a Benevolent Sense of Life in Today’s World” Many things have been written about the appeal of Ayn Rand’s novels, but one of the central reasons for her enduring popularity and influence is her concept of a “benevolent sense of life.” Her novels are not just about striving and struggle, […]

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What Might Be and Ought to Be

Predictions for the Presidential and Senate Races With a few days left to the election, it’s time to offer my prediction. This is a somewhat unscientific projection. I don’t use reams of data and fancy computer models like Nate Silver, and that’s a good thing, because I think that pretends to a level of scientific […]

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Vote for America

In the home stretch of the election, Mitt Romney has been racing back to the “moderate” center in an attempt to woo the swing votes of suburban women. This is not exactly a surprise. Despite the Democrats’ complaints that this isn’t the “real” Mitt Romney, we all know that it is. He is what he […]

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