Summer 2012Vol. 7, No. 2

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Features

Why Marxism—Evil Laid Bare

Examines key ideas that have driven Marxists and socialists—from Asian and European dictators to American college professors—to enact or advocate an ideology that is historically and philosophically pure evil.

How Would Government Be Funded in a Free Society?

Lays out evidence in support of the fact that, in a free society, people would voluntarily pay to support a properly limited, rights-protecting government; and discusses the essential means by which they would do so.

Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand's Morality of Egoism (accessible for free)

Provides a myth-busting introduction to the Objectivist ethics. (Does not contain spoilers about the novel.)

Steve Simpson on Continuing Threats to Corporate Free Speech

Mr. Simpson surveys the continuing threats to corporate freedom of speech, discusses the essential elements in the battle to defend it, and sheds much light on the fundamentals of an otherwise nightmarishly complex political mess.

Painter Bryan Larsen on His Artwork and Ideas

Mr. Larsen discusses his work, how he became a painter, who and what inspires him, and why his subjects always look so purposeful. Includes ten high-resolution images of his paintings.

Film Reviews

The Avengers • Directed by Joss Whedon

Act of Valor • Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh

Book Reviews

Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric, by Ward Farnsworth

The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State, by Isaac Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore

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