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Marriage IS for You: A Response to Seth Adam Smith

In his viral blog piece “Marriage Isn’t For You,” Seth Adam Smith proposes that the best kind of love is selfless. When he began to doubt whether he should marry his girlfriend of many years, Smith consulted his father, who offered the following advice: “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really […]

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To “Lean In,” Women Must Abandon the False Moral Ideal of Selflessness

Psychologically, some women hold themselves back by believing that they must play the role of “nurturer,” a moral ideal which is reinforced by . . . the baseless philosophical ideal of selflessness.

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Who Suffers the Most from a Morality Concerned with Suffering?

Government policies aimed at alleviating unqualified “suffering” . . . reward those who deserve to suffer. . . [and] create undeserved suffering for those who are trying to succeed.

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The Push for Equality Punishes Academic Excellence (and Every Other Kind)

A concern about inequality—in education or in wealth—treats intelligence and prosperity as social ills equal to illiteracy and destitution.

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Binders Full of Women: The Philosophy Breaking the Business Ladder

The idea that women as a class suffer from discrimination fails to see women as individuals, just as Romney’s comments crudely characterized individual women as nothing but names in a binder.

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The Liberal Arts: Why Am I Here Again?

Rather than merely casting blame upon universities for poorly structured humanities programs, we ought to recognize that the full cause of the problem is also due to students aimlessly doing as they have been told.

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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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Romney, the Race Card, and the Danger of Vague Ideas

Racism is wrong because it assumes that a person’s race (something he can’t choose) determines his character (which is determined by ideas he does choose). Since culture consists of ideas that many people choose to hold, it is legitimate and necessary to judge how those choices affect the lives of the people in a culture.

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Their Trophies Should Inspire Yours, Not Replace Them

It is just a game. Those athletes’ own trophies can’t fill your shelves. But games do mean something. Reflect on these athletes’ achievements and then be your own biggest fan—win in your own life.

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The Conservative War on Sex

The primary purpose of sex is not procreation—sex is an end in itself. . . . We are not mere animals, and it’s absurd to treat our sex lives as if we were.