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Fundamentally Adrift: Today’s Ideological Debates Require a Deeper Perspective

Only fundamental principles can provide an intellectual compass to guide our understanding of issues in a way that allows us to see the basic direction in which a given idea will take us.

Steve Jobs’ “Philanthropy”: Only a Side-Effect

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Steve Jobs’ “Philanthropy”: Only a Side-Effect

Only by focusing on enriching his own life has Jobs benefitted the lives of others Steve Jobs has been described in many ways: brilliant, innovative, driven, visionary, even egomaniacal. One word rarely associated with Jobs is “philanthropic”—indeed, he eliminated all corporate charity programs when returning as head of Apple in 1997. In an article at […]

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Join Us. Communicate Better. Get Paid. The Undercurrent is currently recruiting two fall editorial interns to join our growing team. Who: Full-time students seeking experience applying Objectivism to today’s world When: 10 weeks, October – December, 2011 What: Paid editorial/writing internship, $1000 stipend (100 hour commitment) How: Apply here by Oct 12, 2011 Description Our […]

A Competition Without Winners

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A Competition Without Winners

Washington’s latest attempt to put a stop to economic success in the name of “fairness” In an economy characterized by slow growth, one might expect the government to do what it can to help speed the pace of business. In economics, speed is crucial: the rate at which things are made, discovered, invented, and delivered […]

Campus Media Response: Opposition to American ideals, not American hypocrisy, is the root of anti-Americanism

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Campus Media Response: Opposition to American ideals, not American hypocrisy, is the root of anti-Americanism

“Why do they hate us?” This is the longstanding question revisited by Jonathan Aylward of The Michigan Daily in his recent column. “They” refers generally to the Middle East, and “hate” to the dismal view of America held by the people there. The author argues that the recent uprisings there show that much of the […]

A Moral Operating System: Software for Living

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A Moral Operating System: Software for Living

Damon Horowitz begins his recent TED presentation with the following question: What’s better, iPhone or Android? Nearly everyone in the audience immediately raised a hand in favor of one or the other. Then Horowitz asked which moral framework is better: that of John Stuart Mill or Immanuel Kant? Few hands were raised for either. The […]

College, Because They Said So

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College, Because They Said So

How the blind emphasis of higher education is undercutting its value “I almost feel I’ve been lied to.” That’s how recent college graduate Brittany Dalberg describes her frustration at not finding a desirable job more than a year after receiving her bachelor’s degree in world religion. Her story is a familiar one for many graduates, […]

Atlas Shrugged: More than Meets the Eye

Atlas Shrugged: More than Meets the Eye

Atlas Shrugged seems to be everywhere—with its movie adaptation now in theaters, many people have taken notice. Ayn Rand’s novel has long been recognized by literary enthusiasts and philosophy students—but today, the name is familiar to many for its political ideas and its consistently high ranking on Amazon’s bestseller list. For those who’ve noticed but […]

More Money, Fewer Rights?

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More Money, Fewer Rights?

During debate over the recent tax bill, many people complained bitterly about the idea of allowing the wealthiest taxpayers to continue paying their current (higher) rates. They argued that it would only be “fair” to force the rich to pay even more than their less-well-off neighbors. This idea, that the more one earns, the more […]

Out with Denial, in with Adult Conversation?

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Out with Denial, in with Adult Conversation?

Have Americans actually changed their minds about government spending? A Federal commission recently concluded its work on a proposal to address the nation’s skyrocketing national debt. That debt is the subject of much renewed attention, and is growing at an unsustainable pace which, like reckless credit card use, promises certain and serious economic consequences in […]

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