Andrew Bernstein on Heroism and Hero Worship, Part 2

CM: Another question for you Dr Andrew Bernstein. Just as when a great artist portrays a simple piece of fruit in a distinctive, compelling way – so that after we’ve seen his painting we never look at fruit or color or texture in the same way – I wonder whether appreciating the heroic also, in […]

Andrew Bernstein on Heroism and Hero Worship

“The essence of heroism is an unbreached and unbreachable allegiance to the good in the face of any possible form of opposition”–Dr Andrew Bernstein Prodos for Capitalism Magazine: What do these people have in common? Galileo, Thomas Jefferson, Cyrano de Bergerac, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Jordan, Batman, Howard Roark, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Ayn Rand? Well, […]

13 Reasons for the NASDAQ Crash

After the NASDAQ Composite Index slid 33% from March 27th to its dramatic one-day decline on April 14th, most people weren’t sure what had happened – or why it happened. The financial press was in an uproar trying to make sense of everything, and even now, dozens of gurus are vying to establish themselves as […]

Police Scandal: Overreaction Equals Anarchy

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ben Franklin’s statement remains true today. But the absence of rule of law produces anarchy. In the most far-reaching corruption scandal in its history, the Los Angeles Police Department — governed by its second consecutive black chief […]

Husband-Wife Team Fighting for Eli

Husband-and-wife team Leonard and Amy Peikoff have been working to save Elian Gonzalez from being deported to Communist Cuba. Dr. Peikoff, author of The Ominous Parallels and heir of anti-communist novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand, has defended Elian’s right to stay in America on the principle of individual rights. Mrs. Peikoff is the author of a “friend […]

Blacks, Hispanics, and Education

An education bill seems to be moving through Congress to some sort of bipartisan consensus. Like many other bipartisan measures, it serves the short-term interests of Democrats and Republicans, not the long-term interests of the public. Despite some largely cosmetic reforms, what the pending legislation essentially represents is spending more money on the status quo. […]

Assault Microsoft, Assault the NASDAQ

Earlier this month US District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his “conclusions of law” in the Microsoft antitrust case. BAM! Nearly $90 billion in value was destroyed–at Microsoft alone. The firm’s stock plunged 14%. The broader NASDAQ index fell 7.6%–wiping out $380 billion. Although the NASDAQ has made back some of the loss in […]

Ayn Rand, Smoking, & Atlas Shrugged

Smoking a cigarette was symbolic to Miss Rand. As one character in Atlas Shrugged said, “I like to think of fire held in a man’s hand. Fire, a dangerous force, tamed at his fingertips. I often wonder about the hours when a man sits alone, watching the smoke of a cigarette, thinking. I wonder what […]

Environmentalism is Bad Medicine for Humans

On Earth Day, environmentalists should celebrate the latest consequence of their ideas: skyrocketing gasoline prices. This year’s OPEC cutbacks in the production and distribution of oil have led to higher prices for consumers in the United States — our nation depends on OPEC nations for a large percentage of the oil used in this country. […]

Eli

MARINA DEL REY, CA — The plight of Elian Gonzalez is an American issue not just a Cuban-American one, said a spokesperson for the Ayn Rand Institute. “Elian’s case is fundamentally the conflict between the individual and the collective,” said Amy Peikoff, J.D. “Cuba, led by Castro, insists that Elian belongs to the people and […]

A Firsthand Account Of Child Abuse, Castro Style

I was in solitary confinement in Fidel Castro’s tropical gulag — where I spent 22 years for refusing to pledge allegiance to the Communist regime — when I heard a child’s voice whimpering. “Get me out of here! Get me out of here! I want to see my mommy!” I thought my senses were failing […]

Guns and Rosie: One Million Moms Marching Against Reason and Logic

On Sunday May 14, as many as 750,000 people, mostly mothers, gathered in Washington, D.C., as part of the Million Mom March. What a tragic collection of emotionally driven, self-righteous but utterly wrongheaded people. These “gun control supporters,” as commonly described by the mainstream media, attacked the “gun lobby,” demanding, among other things, mandatory safety […]

Feds Warn: BEER CAUSES STDs

It’s official. Beer drinking causes gonorrhea! Don’t laugh. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a study concluding that many young people get drunk before engaging in unprotected sex. Solution? A beer tax. The study found that a 20 cents tax increase on a six-pack of beer could reduce gonorrhea by 9 percent. […]

Speech on Eli

…The kidnapping of Elian, of course, had nothing to do with Elian’s welfare. The motive of the raid was obviously an attempt by Reno to short-circuit Elian’s bid for asylum and to railroad him back to Cuba before he could even have a hearing. She was counting on the fact that a six year old […]

Speech on Eli

Cuban parents have been so desperate to save their children that more than 14,000 of them have been smuggled off the island unaccompanied by their parents. To quote from an Amicus brief on the Gonzalez case submitted by the Association for Objective Law: “Cuba is a land where one is indoctrinated, monitored, threatened, and even […]

Democrats and the “She” Vote

Pollsters call them the “SHE issues” — Social Security, health care, and education. In 1992 and 1996, Bill Clinton lost the male vote. Women put him over the top. More women vote than do men, with women accounting for 53 percent of the electorate. Smart politics, therefore, dictates paying attention to “women’s issues.” Eric Smith, […]

Speech on Eli

On July 4, 1776 America’s Founding Fathers identified the fundamental moral principle on which our country was based. This principle was that every individual possessed the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Founding Fathers also identified the proper role of government; it was to protect individual rights — specifically, to […]

Eli

Who could abridge a right so obvious, violate a relationship so sacred, as to separate a boy from his father? Fidel Castro, for one. In the early 1960′s, Castro shut down Catholic schools and shipped children to the Soviet Union for “education” on collective farms. Rather than submit, Cuban parents smuggled 14,000 children, unaccompanied, to […]

The Slavery Known as Communism

On Saturday, April 22, the Justice Department sent armed agents to break into Lazaro Gonzalez’s home and seize six-year-old Elian Gonzalez. Members of the press and government officials declared almost unanimously that the government was acting in the best interests of the child, doing whatever it took to deliver him to his father. Nothing could […]

The Exploitation of the Student-Athlete

A courageous University of Tennessee professor finds herself under fire. Her crime? Dr. Linda Bensel-Meyers, who teaches English, puts the student part of the so-called student-athlete first, the athlete part second. In 1995, the professor first informed the university that athletes receive special and unfair treatment. The school, she said, did not take her assertions […]