Fall 2009Vol. 4, No. 3

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Articles

Obama’s Atomic Bomb: The Ideological Clarity of the Democratic Agenda (accessible for free)

Examines America’s political climate in light of the unmistakably statist agenda emanating from Washington, and finds cause for optimism in the effect Obama is having on the minds of Americans—and cause for activism toward helping Americans to see the proper political alternative: not conservatism but capitalism.

Discusses the dismal state of American foreign policy and what should be done about it.

An Unwinnable War?

The introduction to the forthcoming book, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism, which is edited by Mr. Journo and includes essays by Yaron Brook, Elan Journo, and Alex Epstein.

The Creed of Sacrifice vs. The Land of Liberty (accessible for free)

Examines the morality of altruism, exposing its incompatibility with the basic principle of America (i.e., individual rights), identifying its philosophic roots, and showing that if Americans want to save America, they must repudiate this creed, root and branch.

The Rise of American Big Government:
A Brief History of How We Got Here

Focuses on the historical details of how American government, fueled by altruism, has become the rights-violating, economy-wrecking behemoth it is today.

How the Freedom to Contract Protects Insurability (accessible for free)

Shows that, contrary to proposals being put forth by Republicans, a genuinely free market in health insurance is not only moral, in that it respects the rights of producers and consumers, but also practical, in that it enables businessmen to solve problems for profit—which leads to more and better products and services at lower prices for consumers.

How Morality is Grounded in Reality

Presents Ayn Rand’s solution to the so-called “is–ought” problem and shows how she identified the requirements of man’s life as the objective standard of moral value.

Book Reviews

Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed, edited by Marlene Podritske and Peter Schwartz

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder

Fred Astaire, by Joseph Epstein

The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants, by Jane S. Smith

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