Special Fund-Raising Drive

In the latest installment of my series on Atlas Shrugged, I quote a right-leaning writer who describes his encounter with Atlas Shrugged and gets a lot of the big issues wrong. This is an increasingly common phenomenon—that writers on both sides, but especially on the right, are grappling with Ayn Rand’s novels and ideas; and […]

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If You Are Not Using the Presidency, Do You Mind If We Borrow It?

President Lincoln once said to an over-cautious general, “If you are not using the army, I should like to borrow it for a short while.” After yesterday’s press conference, I think we might need to say, to our disengaged, apathetic commander-in-chief: if you’re not using the presidency, would you mind if we borrowed it? When […]

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Not the American Dream

Howard Gold attracted some attention recently with a USA Today article purporting to calculate the cost of the “American Dream” and tallying up a household income of $130,000 per year. He concluded with the sober warning that this is out of reach because only one of eight households actually get there. It’s worth nothing that […]

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Getting Serious About Syria

Has anyone thought about what we’re going to have to do about the Islamic State—I mean, really thought about it? It has become obvious that the group that calls itself ISIS or just the Islamic State is the most serious terrorist threat to the United States since 9/11, and allowing its formation is the biggest […]

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Fort Apache, Missouri

Like most people who are getting into their 40s, I suffer occasional bouts of nostalgia. But lately, in a cruel irony, the world only seems interested in re-enacting the parts of my youth that I’d rather not relive. A Russian dictatorship that invades its neighbors. A stagnant economy with rising food and gas prices. A […]

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The Ayn Rand Dollar

A few weeks ago, Time reported on a proposal to put the image of a woman on America’s paper currency. (Suffragette Susan B. Anthony and Lewis and Clark guide Sacagawea have already been featured on $1 coins.) Then Time did the next logical thing and asked it readers for their opinion about who that woman […]

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To Make Money, Eventually

A Reader’s Guide to Atlas Shrugged, Part 5 Spoiler Alert: You do not need a reader’s guide to Atlas Shrugged—at least not for your first reading. Ayn Rand’s novel is clear, compelling, eminently readable, and perfectly comprehensible on its own terms. Yet Atlas is also a rich and complex novel, with an intricate plot in […]

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Zimmerman Amnesia

One of the many disappointments of the Obama era is the failure of the one promise which, more than any other, brought him into office backed by a surge of goodwill, with approval ratings around 80% on Inauguration Day. As the first black president, Barack Obama was going to heal the nation’s racial divisions and […]

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The John Galt Plan

For the past month, there has been a lot of chatter about Republicans attempting to impeach president Obama. What is interesting about this idea is who is pushing it: Democrats. Many on the right, including myself, have tried to tamp it down, until or unless until we find a real smoking gun implicating the White […]

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Is the Right Good for Atheism?

I recently argued that atheists such as myself can be good for the right by decoupling a political agenda of liberty and constitutionalism from association with any kind of narrower religious base—in effect, telling people that they don’t have to embrace creationism or foreswear birth control to join the cause. Instead, the religious and the […]

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