America Needs a Leader Like George Washington

George Washington was a man of impenetrable and towering integrity. He did not just espouse a vision; he acted in order to achieve and defend it.

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Developing A Sense of Community Among Objectivists

An Interview with Ayn Rand Institute CEO Jim Brown

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Guns for Rapists, But Not For Potential Victims

A picture on the front of The Boston Globe's metro section last month showed a group of women waiting to apply for firearm identification cards at the District 14 police station in Brighton. They were in a line, the accompanying story noted, that stretched the length...

Terrorism: The Second-Biggest Threat to America

Throughout the "war on terrorism," we have all heard our nation's leaders pay extensive lip service to "protecting America." But if "America" is just a collection of people on a slab of land somewhere, then there's no significant difference between the United States...

Appealing to Reason in Killers

Police in Montgomery County, Maryland (where I work), and the Washington D.C. area are searching for two gunmen who are currently on a rampage against people going about their daily business. People filling their cars with gas; waiting for a bus; crossing the street;...

Open Source Socialism

At a recent Stanford University lecture, open source proselytizer Bruce Perens encouraged students to get involved in the open source political movement. A few folks were enthused, but many seemed confused by how a method of software production and distribution can...

Mad Dogs of War

My dog Clancy was an oversized Irish Setter with a blockhead and big paws and strong jaws who our son had rescued from the Humane Society after his friend's mom got rid of him because he had, as they say, some issues. One of Clancy's issues was that he had crashed...

Bilingual Education’s Voluminous Failure

If I were a Hispanic American, I would feel humiliated every time an automated telephone-answering system prompted me to press 1 for English, or 2 for Spanish. I would wince every time an ATM machine invited me to conduct my transaction en Espanol. It would mortify me...

Depression and Learned Helplessness

Depression has been defined as a persistent feeling of learned helplessness. For those who are depressed, this raises the questions: what do you feel helpless about, and why? What needs to change in order for you to feel less helpless? One area to work on is your...

Snoop Dogg, Miss Piggy, and Macy’s

Close call, "Middle America." The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Calvin Broadus, AKA Snoop Doggy Dogg, now sees himself as a mainstream commercial entity. That's right, according to the rapper, who says he no longer uses drugs -- "Middle America would...

The Canadian Government vs. Free Speech

There are two principles that taken together are the cornerstone of freedom. One is that an individual has a right to his life. The other is that an individual has the right to speak uncoerced. Today, the 2nd right is under threat in Canada. According to Ray Girn,...

Censorship in Canada

The University of Toronto Objectivist Club is having an event this Sunday entitled "The Moral Case for Supporting Israel". The club ordered from the Ayn Rand Institute 350 complimentary copies of a pamphlet entitled "In Moral Defense of Israel". (PDF). Yesterday...

Who Do Democrats Hate More: Saddam or Bush?

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Surely most Republicans observed in giddy delight as Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle did his best imitation of Jack Palance on the Senate floor, accusing President Bush of "politicizing" the debate over national security...

Anti-Capitalist Demonstrators and Freedom of Speech

Last weekend's anti-capitalist demonstrations in Washington were every bit what most observers expected them to be: sessions in idiocy, lunacy and general mayhem. As expected, portions of the city were significantly impacted by the demonstrations and despite almost...