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After returning home from 20 years of warring and wandering, the Greek hero Odysseus was confronted by his long-suffering wife, Penelope, who could not accept the homecoming of her husband without personal reassurance, so tested she had been...
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Since the 2012 election, a wide-ranging and helpful debate about the direction of conservatism has broken out among conservative commentators seeking to re-brand the movement. Key in this debate is how far conservatism should transform itself into libertarianism. Ben...
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I believe video games are art. I don’t think that’s a very controversial thing to say anymore, but it bears repeating. It’s true that Lord of the Flies comes to mind now and...
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Does God underwrite our freedom, or undermine it? There are thousands of self-styled “libertarians” who would argue the latter. They actively oppose the religious commitments of most social conservatives, many of them convinced that materialism is...
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We all know the arguments against the notion, but somewhat reluctantly I conclude that libertarians are indeed human. After all, our species contains the incontinent, the mentally disabled, the incurably giddy, and Mr. Walter Block.
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“The only authentic epochê is . . . victory over desire, victory over Promethean pride.”—René Girard “When the SS torturer becomes the villain of the war film, he is turned into a...
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How to revive the flagging fortunes of the Republican Party might matter to some people, but it’s not a question that should concern principled conservatives. Crypto-conservatives aplenty stand ready to shoulder that demeaning task. Tune in Fox News...
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With today's release of the film of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, its appropriate to consider some of the reasons Bentley Hart gives us in his article "The Trouble with...
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Hackensack, NJ—American campuses are hot to trot for the new pop band, Rand and the Randroids, on tour promoting their first album, “Waterheads.” Guys, how did you come up with the concept for the album? Rand: There’s,...
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  In comments on an essay on The Imaginative Conservative (Whittaker Chambers and the Strenuously Sterile World of Atlas Shrugged) the question has been raised as to the value of...
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Working in the free-market policy world, I’m forced to endure a certain adulation of Ayn Rand and her epic Atlas Shrugged. With only a couple weeks until the much-awaited film version debuts, the email listerves normally teeming with...
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The following 1950 quote from Russell Kirk made me think of our recent conversation on the power of Ayn Rand to attract strong, young...
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  As I was “calling it a day” last night, my good friend, Carl, over at...
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(Part I link) What finally made me question Rand, though, was an essay she wrote on why an Objectivist would be pro-choice on the abortion issue. For whatever reason,...