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A Professor’s Tribute to Ayn Rand is a Dramatic Reminder of the Value of Individualism

Hill recounts a story familiar to many of us at The Undercurrent: how, as a young man, he first discovered the writings of Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. But Hill’s story is one of the more dramatic versions of this story that we’ve heard.

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Unlearning Individualism: The Lessons of Compulsory Education

Requiring people to attend school, over and against their (and their family’s) wishes teaches students that they should not trust their own judgment, that they should instead respect the values that government authority figures dictate to them.

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Pride is a Celebration of One’s Achievements, Not Association with a Group

If gay people want to achieve full liberation from prejudice and to truly defend the rights of homosexuals, they must abandon the notion of collective pride.

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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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Affirmative Action: A Solution to Racism—Or Its Symptom?

  Racism was and is a part of American culture. Most of us have probably heard or even said a racist quip or a derogatory comment on the street, in the locker room or at the water cooler. “Oh, he’s black, he must have voted for Obama.” “You know what they say, white men can’t […]

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The Right to Light: Don’t Let Washington Ban the Incandescent Bulb

The motive behind the [light bulb] ban exhibits the same collectivist paternalism seen in Anthem. As a consequence, the ban will curtail our freedom to decide what is best for our lives.

Is There an ‘I’ in Team?

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Is There an ‘I’ in Team?

  The world celebrates sports, particularly team sports. Soccer matches are so contentious in Europe that it’s not uncommon for riots to break out over the game’s outcome. In the United States, football has arguably eclipsed baseball as America’s national pastime. Beyond the entertainment value itself, many see special value in the teamwork epitomized in […]

Campus Media Response: Break Free From Unchosen “Ties That Bind”

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Campus Media Response: Break Free From Unchosen “Ties That Bind”

In a piece called “Ayn Rand is an Adolescent Sociopath”, Eli Gottlieb of the UMass/Amherst Daily Collegianwrote: In recent times, American society has brought forth one of the most bizarre ideological aberrations that I’ve ever seen: the radical individualist. This person not only considers himself so special that he should have no obligations to anything […]

Help Wanted: “Difference” a Plus

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Help Wanted: “Difference” a Plus

Corporate America was once criticized for its alleged culture of conformity and tacit support of “glass ceilings” preventing minority advancement.  Now, a day hardly goes by in any corporate setting without mention of the importance of “diversity.”  Nearly all major companies name diversity as among the central values of their corporate philosophies—PepsiCo strives to “Win […]

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The Nature of Free Speech: An Interview with Dr. Onkar Ghate

With a little over a year having passed since the Danish cartoon controversy, free speech remains a central issue on college and university campuses. University administrations seem increasingly unable to respond to the popular slogan that “hate speech is not free speech.” What does the term “hate speech” mean? How does it relate to free […]

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