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The Spiritual Value of Work

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The Spiritual Value of Work

What’s more important – your work or your relationships? That’s the question posed by David Brooks in his op-ed in the New York Times. He references the case of Sandra Bullock, whose career success has recently been overshadowed by her husband’s infidelity. There are other common examples of the work-versus-relationship struggle –the businessman who goes […]

The Unselfish Actions of Today’s “Selfish” Men

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The Unselfish Actions of Today’s “Selfish” Men

Selfishness requires consideration for the long-range consequences of one’s actions. Over the past year, we have seen many highly-publicized instances of people being caught acting dishonestly. Investor Bernie Madoff was caught running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions. Golfer Tiger Woods admitted to engaging in more than a dozen affairs over the course […]

Taking the Pain out of Productivity

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Taking the Pain out of Productivity

The problem with the perceived divide between work and life. With graduation day looming for this year’s college class, millions of students will soon be joining those already seeking employment, while the employed nervously hope their positions are safe. Media commentators and political leaders, following the public’s lead, have fixated on the issue of “jobs”–how […]

Obama’s Cynical View of Human Nature

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Obama’s Cynical View of Human Nature

President Obama has received praise from left and right for his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. Commentators applauded Obama’s recognition that force and war are sometimes necessary to secure peace. Obama openly states that evil exists in the world, and that force is sometimes the only way to eradicate that evil. “A nonviolent movement,” […]

From Guilt to Good

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From Guilt to Good

Guilt is often portrayed as a “healthy” emotion – is it? Does feeling guilty help make you a better person? This is a question universities have recently been attempting to answer through psychological experiments. The results, according to researchers, demonstrate that guilt is essential in helping “children become considerate, conscientious adults.” While this study intends […]

Sacrifice Before Solvency

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Sacrifice Before Solvency

Business schools fail their students by emphasizing altruism rather than the virtues of wealth-creation. With the global economy in tatters, trillions of dollars in wealth destroyed, once mighty corporations bankrupted, and levels of unemployment unseen in decades, much public opprobrium has been leveled at the financiers and corporate chieftains who allegedly made this happen.  There […]

The (False) Logic of Sacrifice

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The (False) Logic of Sacrifice

In his latest book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, the philosopher Peter Singer claims that you are morally obligated to relieve poverty. Singer offers his readers the following “proof” demonstrating why everyone is immoral if they don’t sacrifice for others. “Premise #1: Suffering and death from lack of food, […]

Obama the Intellectual?

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Obama the Intellectual?

Some say we finally have a President who is a thinker. Do we? An “open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual”—this was New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s laudatory description of America’s new president. Kristof, echoed by a chorus of similar commentators, was expressing hope that Obama might help combat a growing anti-intellectual climate in America today. Obama […]

Ayn Rand’s Non-Religious Conception of Morality

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Ayn Rand’s Non-Religious Conception of Morality

In our parents’ generation, academia was a bastion of secularism, and a threat to religion. Amid peace and love, political activism, one small step for man and several giant leaps in science and technology, college campuses had little room for faith. The picture today is quite different. Religion has returned full force into American colleges, […]

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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 […]