Don Watkins is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, where he writes on inequality, the welfare state, and the moral foundations of capitalism. He is co-author with Yaron Brook of the national bestseller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government,
We should reject racism and sexism because their most basic premises deny human intellectual autonomy. Both see individual human beings as slaves of their genetics and environment. The privilege checkers who say we cannot help but see the world through the filter of our privilege
Current minimum wage jobs are the result of technology and innovation. Workers should be grateful that these companies have created these jobs and use them as opportunities to earn more than a minimum wage.
To run a successful business, an employer has to hire the best and most competent individuals. People deserve a job only if they have skills and knowledge which will be of value to an employer.
We all ought to be thanking companies for providing such learning experiences to young citizens rather than forcing them to give even more.
Government policies aimed at alleviating unqualified “suffering” . . . reward those who deserve to suffer. . . [and] create undeserved suffering for those who are trying to succeed.
Obama’s antitrust-enforcers act to destroy companies of ability in the economy. The Michael Phelpses of business want to swim as fast as their minds and bodies can go, but they can’t because the judge keeps moving the finish line away, on grounds that they’ll win
The reason any individual deserves success is because of the simple fact that that individual uses his mind to produce or achieve something valuable, whether it’s a skyscraper, an iPhone or a fast food order. That individual earned that success because he transformed an idea
[It is a] contradiction [to say] that while it’s wrong for the government to redistribute wealth from poor to rich, it’s quite okay to do so in the opposite direction, through excessive taxation to fund the welfare state.
Recently, Brian Shaud argued in Georgetown University’s The Hoya that a growing wealth gap in the United States is the cause of various social ills. At the root of his argument is his conception of the American dream, “that each citizen has a chance at