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Ayn Rand: Decide for Yourself

In evaluating Ayn Rand, as with any subject, it is important for us to make our own decisions regarding the truth of her philosophy. Pick up one of her novels or essays and draw your own conclusions.

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Bailing Out Debtor States is Morally Bankrupt

When we move beyond the economic details, the Greek bailout boils down to a question of moral principle: should the responsible be obligated to sacrifice their success to save the irresponsible from the consequences of their actions? Should one person’s debts outweigh another person’s savings?

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Hate Crimes Legislation Unmasks Blind Justice

Of course we should all be opposed to racial prejudice, especially to crimes committed on the basis of such prejudice. But are such crimes worse than wrongdoings committed from some other malicious motive?

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A Proper Response to Joseph Kony Requires Independent Judgment, not Groupthink

Before people criticize those who support Kony 2012 in response to social pressure, they should ask themselves if they adhere to their own moral principles for similar reasons.

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Ron Paul Lacks the Principles Needed to Defend Freedom

At first glance, the Ron Paul movement appears to be a step in the right direction for freedom. But does Paul really want, or understand, what a true move to freedom would entail?

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The Right to Light: Don’t Let Washington Ban the Incandescent Bulb

The motive behind the [light bulb] ban exhibits the same collectivist paternalism seen in Anthem. As a consequence, the ban will curtail our freedom to decide what is best for our lives.

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Restore the Separation of State and School

When government involves itself in the production of knowledge, it curtails both our liberty to express our beliefs and our freedom to support institutions promoting what we believe.

Is There an ‘I’ in Team?

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Is There an ‘I’ in Team?

  The world celebrates sports, particularly team sports. Soccer matches are so contentious in Europe that it’s not uncommon for riots to break out over the game’s outcome. In the United States, football has arguably eclipsed baseball as America’s national pastime. Beyond the entertainment value itself, many see special value in the teamwork epitomized in […]

Can We Revive the American Dream through Majority Rule?

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Can We Revive the American Dream through Majority Rule?

The Occupy Wall Street protesters claim that the American Dream has been hijacked by the financiers of Wall Street and other wealthy Americans. Most of the protesters argue that the wealthiest 1% of American society has achieved economic power and political clout that the other 99% lacks. They advocate reversing this balance, which they view […]