Christmas Should be More Commercial

It is time to take the Christ out of Christmas, and turn the holiday into a guiltlessly egoistic, pro-reason, this-worldly, commercial celebration.

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Money and Banking Under Laissez-Faire Capitalism

This talk examines the development, operation and performance of monetary systems in the absence of government intervention.

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Monopoly Money: The Destabilizing Consequences of Central Banking

How currency monopolies promote booms and busts, and having a lender of last resort leads to moral hazard and financial instability.

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China’s Gymnastic Gulag

I always enjoy watching the Olympic games. I enjoy the stories of the athletes’ determination, the hard work and mental focus they devote to reaching their goals. But this year, that enjoyment has been marred by a disturbing note. During the first week of...

The Olympic Mind

Here I stand at the first great climax of my life. I, Dicon of Athens, wait in this grand stadium beside the river Alpheus. I am the proud progeny of my city’s dedication to the perfection of mind and body, and gathered around me are athletes from all the Greek...

One Solution for Education’s Woes: Home Schooling

When Glenn Woiceshyn saw that his 9-year-old son was rapidly losing his love of learning, he decided to do something about it: home-school him. In addition to his son, Woiceshyn, a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute, accepted two other grade five students....

Censorship in Advertising Moves Into Movies

NEWS — For more than a week, Democratic candidates Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman, and officials at the Federal Trade Commission, joined by political and social leaders on the Left and the Right, have begun laying the groundwork for government controls on the...

Greens, not Greed, Fueling Higher Gas Prices

Government regulations, not capitalist greed, are responsible for skyrocketing U.S. oil and gas prices, said a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute. “U.S. environmental regulations add, on average, 42.4 cents per gallon to gasoline prices at the...

Europe’s High Fuel Taxes: Virtue or Vice?

High oil prices and rising fuel taxes have lit an explosion of fury across the European continent, resulting in protests and blockades of depots and refineries. Following the recent oil price rise, the Europeans have finally realized what a massive burden fuel taxes...

Advice to the GOP: Bush Needs a Republican Agenda

The GOP could spend four more years locked outside the White House for one reason: George W. Bush sounds too much like Al Gore, said a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute. “At the nominating conventions, both candidates endorsed ‘sacrifice,’...