Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle Pretend to Analyze Ayn Rand
Leftists as well as religious conservatives routinely misrepresent Ayn Rand’s ideas—often wildly so—and then mock the straw men of their own creation. Although one might have expected better from PJ Media, Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle take the same approach in their recent PJ video.
Altruism vs. Second-handedness
“What are the relationships of and differences between altruism and second-handedness?” In answering this question, Craig Biddle clarifies the respective meaning of each concept, identifying one as a theory of morality and the other as a psychological malady, discussing their essential differences and similarities, and contrasting these concepts and relationships. . . Continue »
Altruism: The Fuel of Jihad
In “Terrorism, Altruism, and Moral Certainty,” the Afterward to my book Loving Life, I explain that “Islamic terrorists are religious altruists: They selflessly commit human sacrifices for the sake of a supernatural ‘other’—an alleged God.” A Muslim professor at the Islamic University in Gaza recently acknowledged this too.
Obstacles to a Foreign Policy of Self-Defense for America
Americans have been awash in a tsunami of anti-rights philosophy for more than 100 years, and the tsunami has taken its toll. Americans no longer have the conviction that we have rights and thus no longer have the conviction that the government must protect our rights. . . . Fortunately,. . . Continue »
On Memorial Day, Let’s Lift Our Heads and Speak
Free, rights-respecting, self-interested, rational men and nations go to war only when they are attacked or threatened with aggression—and then only to defend their freedom so that they can return to peaceful, normal, prosperous living. On Memorial Day, rather than just bow our heads in silence, let’s also raise our. . . Continue »
Two Paradoxes of Capitalism, Resolved
Because human beings survive fundamentally by using their reasoning minds to produce values, they need the freedom to act in accordance with their judgment; therefore they need a government that protects them from the only thing that can stop them from acting on their judgment: initiatory force.
Why Does Salon Lie about Ayn Rand’s Ideas?
Usually I don’t comment on the slime published by Salon, as its writers’ idea of journalism often is to publish the most audacious lies they can imagine and hope they can get away with it. But I’ll make an exception regarding a recent pack of lies Salon published about Ayn. . . Continue »
Libertarians Fiddle while Rome Burns
Suppose your city were on fire, buildings were ablaze, people were stuck in the buildings, and time was running out. And suppose the firefighters got busy—not manning fire trucks, fire hoses, and ladders—but inconclusively debating whether such tools exist. This, in effect, is what libertarians are doing as the Land. . . Continue »
New Jersey Voters Elect to Violate Rights and Harm the Poor
Last Tuesday, New Jersey voters “overwhelmingly approved” a state constitutional amendment raising the minimum wage and automatically increasing it in the future based on the consumer price index or the federal minimum wage rate, whichever is higher. Echoing a widespread sentiment, one proponent of the measure said, “New Jersey’s voters. . . Continue »