Editor’s Note: Walter Donway’s romantic thrillerO Human Child is an entertaining read with an end of summer theme. Jan and Victoria DeVries began what they hoped would be the summer of their lives with their two kids in the Catskill Mountains. A delightful farm with horses, a pond, and a garden at the foot of the dark, gorge-cut, myth-haunted mountains. Everything seemed perfect – even the wildly beautiful, secretive, but seductive Ashlyn Tate at the vineyard next door. But, abruptly, on a serene July afternoon, the enchanted mountains reached out to ensnare both parents and children in heart-stopping terror, broken marriage vows, missing kids, and lurking violence from an ancient, unspeakable past. Suddenly, the battle is against forces humans cannot face alone. And even Jan and Victoria's marriage seems ripped apart by uncontainable passions, frightened secrecy, and a tense triangle of three strong, beautiful women. By the end of summer, nothing – and no one – is the same. The following excerpt is from chapter 4.O Human Child is part of The Writers Series, our highly popular feature that showcases the work of contemporary novelists influenced by Ayn Rand.   “Summer’s a-coming, summer bright,  Fields are calling the live-long day.  Don’t...
“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” – Ayn Rand Americans currently hold $1.4 trillion in outstanding federal student loan debt, in addition to the $119.31 billion of private student loan debt accounted for in 2019. Student loans may be a tool to help you get through college, but you shouldn’t enroll in college or a student loan program until you consider all your options. Is College Necessary? If financial independence is what you're after, the first option to consider is whether you need a college degreeat all. Getting a college education used to be a reliable path to financial success.  But a number of jobs – from commercial pilot to detective – are fulfilling, pay well, and don’t require a college degree. You don’t need a degree to chase fame and fortune as an actor or writer either. Ditto for video game coach. A friend of mine, Morgan Franklin, shares how dropping out of school and going into real estate was the best thing he’s ever done, despite criticism from people close to him.  I went to school because it was what I was supposed to do. I was always a bad...
With depressing regularity life in today’s post-rational America imitates Ayn Rand’s dystopian novel Atlas Shrugged. For those unfamiliar with Rand’s objectivist masterpiece or who last read it in a literature class many years ago, the novel describes a future in which the country’s greatest thinkers, creators and producers go on strike against an increasingly collectivist society bent on outlawing profit and wealth creation. The latest example of Ms. Rand’s prescience is the announcement that the heads of nearly 200 U.S. companies have announced they are committing to a move away from the idea that the main purpose of a company is to maximize shareholder value. According to a report by Ciara Linnane, corporate news editor for MarketWatch.com, the Business Roundtable, a group of chief executives that was formed to promote pro-business interests, said it is shifting its statement of the purpose of a corporation to include all of its stakeholders, including employees, suppliers and broader society. “While each of our individual companies serves its own corporate purpose, we share a fundamental commitment to all our stakeholders,” the CEOs wrote in a joint statement. The group is now “committing to delivering value to customers, investing in employees in ways that go beyond financial compensation to include training and education to...
This month is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in Virginia. The New York Times has created what they refer to as The 1619 Project, whose goal “is to reframe American history, making it explicit how slavery is the foundation on which this country is built. For generations, we have not been adequately taught this history. Our hope is to paint a fuller picture of the institution that shaped our nation.” Americans know too little about their own history, including of course slavery. Slavery was a horror for those who experienced it — but there is no American alive today who either was a slave or slaveholder. The same cannot be said for parts of Africa and the Middle East, where pockets of slavery still exist. The 1619 Project ought to be noble, but unfortunately political correctness has pushed itself ahead of good history — particularly economic history. What should have been a good discussion of the economics of slavery and its lingering effects has been turned into an anti-capitalist screed. One section begins with the following statement: “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism you have to start on the plantation.” The whole line of argument is false. Capitalism, unlike man-designed economic systems, such as socialism in all its various forms, including communism, fascism and feudalism, emerged from the spontaneous order. Man is a trading animal, and when he runs out of things to trade, he starts producing things that he...
MM: You are a writer, producer, actress, homeschool advocate, talk show host, and you're going to emcee The Atlas Society gala on October 10. I'm very impressed with your output. I'm also a big fan of how you engage with contemporary culture. You remind me of Ayn Rand. Are you a fan of hers? SS: Absolutely! I think that what she accomplished intellectually, coming from Russia and going so far libertarian was really just a feat of the human brain. To comprehend so well the political structure and the ramifications thereof took a great deal of flexibility. Something that we lack in today's culture is a flexible attitude with which to consider alternatives and to embrace alternatives when we recognize that they might be better than the ones that we grew up with. But we're raised in in our society today to accept without thinking and to close our ears. What do you think safe spaces are? They're an excuse to not have to listen to new ideas. The mark of a good education is being able to entertain a thought without accepting it or without losing your self-confidence. Ayn Rand was able to entertain the thought of America and actually accepted and adopted it and then elaborated on it. It was an amazing accomplishment really. MM: How did you first discover Ayn Rand? SS: I read Atlas Shrugged when I was a teenager. MM: I read your book, They’re Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate. One of the points that you make is that public...

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