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Kevin Sorbo, a neighbor and upright family man, has just made headlines for landing a role as a mystery villain on the hit TV series Supergirl.  Sorbo will make an interesting villain, as he’s known for playing heroes, most famously Hercules.  But I think he’d make a pretty impressive John Galt if Atlas Shrugged were ever turned into a TV mini-series.  Here are five reasons why: 1) Sorbo has already played a John Galt-like character in an indie film called Alongside Night, based on a 1979 novel by Neil Schulman.  Writing for, Thomas M. Sipo observes: “In the near future, the U.S. government grows ever more oppressive as it tries to avert economic collapse due to its excessive taxing, borrowing, spending, and regulation. Meanwhile, a morally principled group of anti-government cadres prepares for a freer, post-socialist America.  Atlas Shrugged? No, it's Alongside Night, a new indie film...
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The fervor that is American professional football culminates this week in the Super Bowl championship game. Each club and each player earned their resultant place in the game based on their positive performance over a period in their life. This end of season contest is recognition of those years of growth and accomplishments that put each player on their own Super Bowl field.   What accomplishments of yours are worthy of your special recognition and celebration?   What Are Your Life Super Bowls?  Recognizing your life’s biggest payoffs and the efforts that delivered them can inspire and instruct future ones. So ask yourself, what life Super Bowls have I played in?   Remind yourself of the professional, personal, or learning successes in your life. Relationship wins. Work wins. Self-improvement and fulfillment wins.  Enjoy your thoughts. “Buying my first new car. A great little sports car I loved.”  This response came from a successful professional who reflected that buying that car in her mid-20’s was a recognition of her financial and mental independence and establishing herself in her career. “When I was first hired as a salesman I set my sights on...
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Originally posted on Mr. Powell is editor of Laissez-Faire Books and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, American Heritage, and more than three dozen other publications. Copyright © 1996 by Jim Powell. Liberty was in full retreat in the early 1940s. Tyrants oppressed or threatened people on every continent. Western intellectuals whitewashed mass murderers like Joseph Stalin, and Western governments expanded their power with Soviet-style central planning. Fifty million people were killed in the war that raged in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The United States, seemingly the last hope for liberty, was drawn into...
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Revised from Original Publication, February 01, 1997. After a noisy and sometimes nasty presidential election, and the upset victory of Donald Trump, and the turmoil of his first days in office, it’s not surprising that Americans are consumed with politics. But it’s worth remembering that the founding premise of the nation is that the role of government is to enable us to lead our private lives in safety and freedom. As a philosopher who has devoted his life to the study and teaching of Objectivism—a code for living created by novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand—I am much more interested in how we choose to conduct our daily lives. At the core of the Objectivist approach is the belief that we need principles to live by, not rules. By "rules" I mean self-contained prescriptions about concrete actions or situations, telling you what to do or how to do it. Fasten your seat belt. Don't smoke in elevators. Don't have sex on the first date. Don’t lie. Don't drive over the speed limit. Don't hit below the belt. For many rules there is a rationale provided by some broader principle. But when rules take the place of principles, as happens so often today, I say, don’t let...
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On January 19th of this year, The Hill reported that the incoming administration was proposing that "the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated entirely."   The public backlash has contributed to the hysterical opposition greeting the new administration. The NEA states it is an "independent federal agency whose funding and support give Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities." How can anyone discontinue that? Conventional wisdom holds that supporting art is the right thing to do. This artist dares to disagree. In the 70's I had the great fortune to study art in Holland. It was a "soft" socialist country whose various social welfare programs included one that gave stipends to artists.  At 20, I was curious about how it worked. Claudette was a close friend and also a student at the Free Academy Psychopolis in The Hague, Holland, and was receiving a stipend that covered her rent and expenses each month. She was carefree, passionate, had lots of...


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