Spring 2009Vol. 4, No. 1

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Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and the World Today (accessible for free)

An Interview with Yaron Brook

Explains why, more than fifty years ago, Rand was able to project the kinds of crises we are seeing today.

America’s Unfree Market

Demonstrates the actual nature of the allegedly free market that delivered the current mayhem.

Altruism: The Moral Root of the Financial Crisis (accessible for free)

Zeros in on the fundamental cause of the problem, showing that widespread acceptance of the morality of self-sacrifice necessitated the kinds of laws, regulations, and decisions that have driven the financial markets into the gutter.

Lest We Be Doomed to Repeat It

A Survey of Amity Shlaes’s History of the Great Depression

Provides an essentialized chronology of the era, focusing on the (ominously familiar sounding) policies of Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Of Freedom and Fat: Why Anti-Obesity Laws Are Immoral

Discusses efforts at state and federal levels to put Americans on a collective diet by violating the rights of food producers, restaurateurs, and consumers.

Houston, We Have a (Zoning) Problem

Demonstrates that Houston’s absence of zoning laws is largely responsible for the city’s relative health and prosperity, and urges Houstonians to halt and reverse the encroachments on their property rights before they find themselves zoned.

Doubt vs. Certainty

Casts certainty on why the movie Doubt is leaving viewers wondering whether they can know anything for sure.

Religion vs. Subjectivism: Why Neither Will Do (accessible for free)

Examines those alternatives and finds them equally life-thwarting and revealingly similar.

Book Reviews

Greenspan’s Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve,
by William A. Fleckenstein with Frederick Sheehan

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions,
by Dan Ariely

Concierge Medicine: A New System to Get the Best Healthcare, by Steven D. Knope, MD


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