PARTNER SITES

Immigration and The Welfare State

Most immigrants recognize that America is the land of opportunity. If we let enough in, perhaps their number will offset the growing number of the native born who simper that America is the land of entitlement.

Humans Must Choose Egoism: An Excerpt from Andrew Bernstein's Captalist Solutions

An excerpt from Chapter 1: The Relevant Principles of Objectivism from Andrew Bernstein’s book Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas.   A key original principle of Objectivism that will repeatedly emerge in this book is the identity of the moral and the practical. What is morally right is practically efficacious—and, conversely, what is […]

Capitalist Solutions: Resolving America's Problems

An excerpt from the Introduction to Andrew Bernstein’s forthcoming book  Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas. Reprinted in Capitalism Magazine by permission of the author.   To be blunt, the United States faces enormous challenges as it enters the second decade of the twenty-first century. Environmentalism and its claim of pernicious man-made global […]

The Purpose of Memorial Day: Honoring Virtue

Memorial Day is a solemn and sad occasion honoring the American soldiers who gave their lives in war. But it is also a hallowed day–because the values those men fought to defend form the essence of our country: freedom and the rights of the individual. The United States has never fought a war of conquest. […]

Bush and Congress Should Lift Environmental Restrictions on Energy Production

With American consumers currently paying the highest gasoline prices in recent history, and after another winter of high heating costs, many Americans are properly concerned about America’s energy future. Predictably, many politicians and commentators blame the “greed” of U.S. energy companies for the soaring prices. The truth, however, is that prices rise when demand increases […]

The Destitution of Pre-Capitalist Europe

An excerpt from Capitalism Magazine’s Book of the Year for 2005, The Capitalist Manifesto : The Historic, Economic and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire by Andrew Bernstein. Prior to the advent of industrial capitalism (in roughly the 1760s) the lot of the English working class was generally miserable. Utter destitution was rampant, literal starvation not uncommon […]

The Capitalist Manifesto: What is Capitalism?

An excerpt from Capitalism Magazine’s Book of the Year for 2005, The Capitalist Manifesto : The Historic, Economic and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire by Andrew Bernstein. A proper understanding of capitalism is sorely lacking among current politicians, intellectuals and even the American people, who generally support it. In order to gain such understanding, it is […]

Villainy: An Analysis of the Nature of Evil (Part 5 of 5)

This brings us to the third suspect in the philosophical lineup: the collectivists. Collectivism is the political theory that states that the will of the people is omnipotent, an individual must obey; that society as a whole, not the individual, is the unit of moral value. Altruism demands that an individual serve others, but doesn’t […]

Villainy: An Analysis of the Nature of Evil (Part 4 of 5)

The essence of religion is that God is the creator and governor of reality. Man must serve God. Human thinking is subordinated to God’s will, reason is rejected in favor of faith, unquestioning obedience to authority is demanded and independent thinkers run the risk of being burned at the stake. Religion does attack the mind; […]

Villainy: An Analysis of the Nature of Evil (Part 3 of 5)

In analyzing the means by which evil men gain the power to destroy, the question can be raised: Is there some deeper theory that underlies the ethics of sacrifice and gives rise to it? Let’s go back to our three examples and see if they share something deeper in common. The Mafia gangster, the cynical […]