The following is a letter to the editor from Mohamed Ali, a student of Physics at the University of Rochester.
I am a fan of the West. Alongside many other adherents of Objectivism—the philosophy of Ayn Rand—I celebrate the achievements of Christopher Columbus, venerate the West’s
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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.
It was not only fidelity to their stated ideals that made the leaders of successful revolutions great and their revolutions benevolent. The ideals themselves were admirable. There is something uniquely powerful about a revolution staged to defend the right of the individual to pursue happiness.
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Beyond the entertainment value itself, many