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Archive | October, 2009

The Mainstream Smearing of Ayn Rand

More famous words from one of our wannabe Platonic guardians: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi looked like a deer caught in the blinding headlight of an oncoming freight train, her expression frozen in either ignorance or fear. It has always been difficult to distinguish between the two in her. But the malice in her […]

Solving Whose Problem?

No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems– of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.             Many of the things the government does that may […]

The Oblique Smearing of Ayn Rand

Two biographies of Ayn Rand have burst upon the literary scene, both written by non-Objectivists, Anne C. Hellers Ayn Rand and the World She Made (Doubleday), and Jennifer Burns Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford University Press). I have not read either book, but will in time. I have read […]

American Idea

Americans are harder workers, more philanthropic, individualistic, self-reliant, anti-government than people in most other countries. We’ve turned what was an 18th-century Third World nation into the freest and most prosperous nation in mankind’s entire history. Throughout our history, United States has been a magnet for immigrants around the world. What accounts for what some have […]

The Nobel Peace Prize and Mr. Obama's Intentions

Americans are well aware that these are troubling times. Things have been turned upside down. We are told that obeying government edicts constitutes “freedom.” We are told that government health and insurance plans are “competition.” We are offered movies dramatizing the view that a free-market economy—which made this country the richest nation in the world—is […]

How Obama Earned The Ignoble Nobel Peace Prize

One searches in vain through the whole list of Nobel Peace Prize winners from 1901 to the present for a single laureate whose work measurably advanced the cause of peace. The term peace itself, as it is employed by the Nobel Committee, on the surface is wishful and ethereal. The Peace Prize has, as a […]

Let’s Take Back Columbus Day

More than a century ago, America celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbuss voyage of discovery by hosting an enormous worlds fair on the shores of Lake Michigan. This Worlds Columbian Exposition featured statues of the great explorer, replicas of his three ships, and commemorative stamps and coins. Because Columbus Day was a patriotic holiday–it […]

"High Noon" for the First Amendment

Most of President Barack Obamas administration cohorts have a distinctly and undeniable leftist hue, ranging from Marxist, to socialist, to pink. Obama himself speaks in glasnostian euphemisms that stand in for socialist rhetoric. It is a form of political cross-dressing. Most of his cabinet, staff and czarist appointees speak the same language. The press, especially […]

Elites and Tyrants: The Fruits of “Social Justice”

Rep. Diane Watson said, in praising Cuba’s health care system, “You can think whatever you want to about Fidel Castro, but he was one of the brightest leaders I have ever met.” W.E.B. Dubois, writing in the National Guardian (1953) said, “Joseph Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach […]

Cass Sunstein: “Czar” in Wolf’s Clothing

In “Reason is Forever” I commented on the phenomenon of liberals, collectivists, and fascist/socialist fellow travelers in the Obama administration endorsing the gagging of anyone who criticizes the administration and its agenda, and wishing to bestow a taxpayer-bought bullhorn on Obama’s propagandists. I also discuss the incremental move to censorship in America in “Censorship by […]

Random Thoughts: October 2009

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Upon learning that the Constitution requires a president to be a natural born citizen, a college student said: “What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified than one born by C-section?” Airlines that keep passengers trapped for hours in planes sitting on the runway should be prosecuted for […]

A Letter from a Child

Recent videos of American children in school singing songs of praise for Barack Obama were a little much, especially for those of us old enough to remember pictures of children singing the praises of dictators like Hitler, Stalin and Mao. But you don’t need a dictator to make you feel queasy about the manipulation of […]