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A Tribute to Darwin

Renowned geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky once said, “Nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution.” Though remarkable advances have been made in the 36 years since he made this observation, it still rings true. In the 150 years following Charles Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species, evolutionary thinking has been fundamental […]

The Biggest Ponzi Scheme in History

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The Biggest Ponzi Scheme in History

Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion hedge fund scam is being called “the biggest Ponzi scheme in history.” Over the past ten years, Madoff scammed individual investors, hedge funds, and charities out of billions of dollars, embezzling money that was supposed to have been invested. When the stock market tanked in late 2008 and Madoff’s victims tried […]

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Campus Media Response: Should America’s Alliance with Israel be Debated?

Prof questions U.S.-Israel bond, February 3, 2009 The Eagle American University Sir— When a thug demands your wallet at the point of a gun you can either give him what he wants, run, or you can fight. You don’t debate. Force is the antitheses of rational discourse. Although Stephen Walt claims to want a more […]

Dictatorship in the Time of Cholera

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Dictatorship in the Time of Cholera

Since August, Zimbabwe has suffered from a cholera outbreak that to date has killed 3,000 people and infected nearly 60,000 more. In the Western world, cholera outbreaks are rare thanks to the implementation of proper sanitation standards, including water purification and sewage treatment. In fact, the last outbreak in the United States occurred over 100 […]

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By Government Fiat Alone

Ailing automaker Chrysler LLC has entered into an agreement with Italian carmaker Fiat SpA. The deal would involve an exchange of technology and access to distribution networks, giving Fiat a 35% stake in Chrysler without it having to pay a single euro. However, the deal will only become binding if the US government guarantees $3 […]

Public Water District Takes On Private Fires

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Public Water District Takes On Private Fires

It seems every year a disastrous fire makes its way through Southern California, scorching earth and leaving hundreds of people without homes. Last year was no different. In October 2008, fires ran the destructive gamut, from earth, to home, to Yorba Linda, CA, where the damage to homes was particularly acute. The public Water District […]

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The Meaning of New Year’s Resolutions

Alex Epstein of the Ayn Rand Institute has written a great column about the significance of New Year’s resolutions and why so many people find it hard to keep them: Every New Year’s Eve millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Whether the resolution is to get out of debt, to spend more time with […]

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Putting It In Reverse

The once stalwart US auto industry has been brought to its knees. A plethora of problems, including poor management decisions and crippling labor laws, have virtually wiped out shareholder value and corporate profitability, endangering thousands of jobs and retiree pension benefits. The executives of the “Big Three”—Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler —are now asking for […]

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Whole Foods, Partial Rights

In 2007, Whole Foods, the popular purveyor of natural foods, sought to expand its business by acquiring rival grocer Wild Oats. However, the Federal Trade Commission claimed that the merger would violate antitrust laws by creating a natural foods monopoly. Although federal judges approved the deal, the FTC won an appeal a year later, after […]

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Alan Greenspan is Not an Objectivist

Larry Breinhart of the Huffington Post and Barrett Sheridan of Newsweek are two of many commentators to use Alan Greenspan’s connection to Ayn Rand and Objectivism as a means to prove that Rand’s philosophy is incorrect and cannot work in the real world. The financial crisis, the argument goes, is directly due to Greenspan’s “full […]

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