Your life is in your own hands.
Inventing vaccines, restoring eye sight, developing new and more efficient food sources, increasing productivity, reducing poverty, all depend on human ingenuity: our exercising reason to solve problems and to create.
How life is lived when a people have not been touched by the ideas of the Enlightenment and a philosophy of freedom.
Professor Adam Mossoff on patents and property rights.
It is time to take the Christ out of Christmas, and turn the holiday into a guiltlessly egoistic, pro-reason, this-worldly, commercial celebration.
Those who feel guilt over material wealth and blame business for commercializing Christmas through ‘greedy’ profit seeking should pause and ask: “What is the standard of value by which we condemn material wealth and business?”
Those producing and trading goods and services for profit are not taking anything away from others—the producers and traders are creating material values that would not exist without their productivity.
Collectivists believe that individuals have value and identity only as members of a group, whether a tribe, a member of a political movement, a race. Therefore, collectivists hold, we should judge people as members of a group, not as individual human beings based on their own character or conduct.
Ayn Rand described Thanksgiving as “a typically American holiday . . . its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.”
Thanksgiving celebrates man’s ability to produce.
In the wilderness of the New World, the Plymouth Pilgrims had progressed from the false dream of communism to the sound realism of capitalism.
Insinuating that he thinks gays deserve to die and stating clearly and explicitly that he aims to enact a religious government disqualify Moore from political office.
The essential moral case for finance that Brook and Watkins present is that finance is good by the standard of human flourishing.
Any element of self-sacrifice in war is a betrayal of our soldiers and the American freedom they fight for.
The free enterprise, or capitalist, system has done more to improve the material condition of humanity than any other economic arrangement of human cooperation in all of recorded history.
“Capitalism is an economic system based on the principle of every individual’s right to his own life, his own liberty and his own honestly acquired property. This private property includes his own mind and body, and the physical products that his mental and physical efforts have produced.”
Historically “liberalism” originally meant, and continues to mean for some, individual freedom, private property, free enterprise and impartial rule of law under constitutionally limited government.
Thinking on the job, and in every other aspect of life, is a virtue necessary for human flourishing.
As Ayn Rand explains, the only proper role of government is to protect citizens against the initiation of physical force and fraud, through the police, the armed services, and the courts.
Government cannot create jobs because it does not produce anything.
So how to deal with a workplace bully? The only effective way to do so is to apply appropriate moral principles: rationality, integrity and justice.
Governments and ideological movements, Rougier explained, wrap themselves in “mystiques” that serve as the rationales for claims to an ethical and legal right to rule.
The change from social attitudes and political systems of collectivism to that of ones more “individualistic” began in “the West,” in Europe and then North America.
Thanks to Ayn Rand and the objective moral principles she identified, we can make moral decisions more easily—and achieve our values in the long term.
Underlying the political collectivism of the anti-Columbus crowd is a racist view of human nature.
Should government be an all-knowing, benevolent nanny who tells us how we must live, for our own good?
Hamilton is an Enlightened, classical liberal, a more consistent champion of rights and liberty than any other Founder, thus an inspiring model for contemporary friends of liberty.