Ayn Rand

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The Neo-Cons’ Suicidal War Fixation

Barry Goldwater lost the 1964 presidential election because Americans thought he was going to get us all nuked. His slogan “In your heart you know he’s right” was countered by “In your guts, you know he’s nuts.” Todays Neo-Cons make Barry Goldwater look like Gandhi. Francis Fukuyama wrote The End of History in 1992 and … Continue reading

Wall Street as the Belly Button of the World

You may have heard of the Oracle of Delphi and dismissed it as a curiosity from our silly past. The cave where the prophetess got her messages from Apollo was thought to be the omphalos, or the belly button of the world; i.e. the spot where the material world had connected to the spiritual world, … Continue reading

My Philosophy? Principled Pragmatism

As I talk to people from around the world, I see many floundering around in moral outrage. Moral outrage is a good thing-it motivates us to do better. Moral outrage seeks the villain-communists, socialists, capitalists, Russians, Republicans-somebody to punish. But it is often misinformed and misdirected with disastrous results. I debate these things with Libertarians, … Continue reading

Ayn Rand’s Toxic Selfishness

Reading “Atlas Shrugged” was a rite of passage when I was in college. It was rebellion against conformity-for those who also intended to inherit their daddy’s business. The book was, and is-ponderous, simple-minded moralizing and quite frankly, boring. Thank God, my high school required us to read vast quantities of great literature, so at least … Continue reading