Why Anthony Daniels Smears Ayn Rand

January 29, 2014

Examines Daniels’s recent New Criterion article “Ayn Rand: Engineer of Souls” and ponders the question, “Why, to the detriment of his own credibility, would an otherwise capable intellectual so grossly misrepresent Rand’s actual views—and do so, not at a cocktail party, but in a public forum?”

The Mystical Ethics of the New Atheists

January 23, 2014

Examines the moral ideas of Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins, exposes some curious truths about their ethics, and provides sound advice for theists and atheists alike who wish to discover and uphold a rational, secular morality.

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Should Tea Partiers Abandon or Embrace Ayn Rand?

October 21, 2010

In a recent Christian Science Monitor editorial, Vladimir Shlapentokh suggests that the popularity of Ayn Rand among Tea Partiers should “concern all Americans” and recommends that Tea Partiers distance themselves from the 20th-century philosopher and novelist. Why? According to Shlapentokh, Ayn Rand was an “elitist” who held that “the American. . . Continue »


John Lewis’s Talk at GMU

April 25, 2007

Last night, TOS contributor Dr. John Lewis delivered his speech “‘No Substitute for Victory’: The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism” to a packed auditorium at George Mason University. Despite a coordinated effort by GMU’s Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) to disrupt the event, Dr. Lewis argued logically and persuasively that. . . Continue »

Iran’s ‘Lucky Break’

July 25, 2006

In “Hezbollah lets Iran buy time for nukes,” Arizona State University professor Orde Kittrie provides an overview of Iran’s nuclear program, recounting the regime’s goals and discussing the “lucky break” it got toward achieving those goals when Hezbollah recently attacked Israel from Lebanon. The big winner thus far in the. . . Continue »


God’s Word Cast in Plastic

July 17, 2006

If you want a good laugh—at the expense of a bad book—check out the work of Brendan Powell Smith at Smith explains the project and its beginnings in the introduction to his first book, The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis: There I was enjoying a leisurely. . . Continue »

Somalia and Our Tragic Flaw

June 15, 2006

Our policy in Somalia is but a small part of the absurdly-named “War on Terror”; however, a June 14th New York Times article entitled “U.S. Calls Hasty Meeting to Seek Somalia Solution” provides a good example of the tragic flaw that pervades all of our efforts in the battle against. . . Continue »

Sex-Changes for Freedom

June 8, 2006

A story from an Arabic news site reports an interesting development in Saudi Arabia: female to male sex-change operations: Reports reveal that in 2005, there were no less than five cases of women who underwent surgery to become men in the Kingdom, according to Al Watan…. Some Saudi officials have. . . Continue »

Legitimizing the Iranian Theocracy

June 1, 2006

On Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice announced, in so many words, that the US will indefinitely suspend military action against Iran in favor of “diplomacy,” giving the theocracy a fresh green light to fund Islamic terrorism and develop nuclear weapons. Despite millennia of evidence to the contrary, the Bush administration clings to. . . Continue »

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Michael Farris Interview on ‘Fresh Air’

May 25, 2006

Yesterday on NPR’s radio show “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross interviewed Michael Farris, president of the fundamentalist Christian school Patrick Henry College. This regrettably named institution seeks to train home-schooled Christians to be tomorrow’s leaders, “ready to reclaim the biblical principles upon which our land was founded.” The interview with. . . Continue »