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This article was originally published on FEE.org.  “They are playing it straight!“ That was the first comment on the live stream as my interview with Ayn Rand went live, conducted 35 years after her death.  Maybe people figured it was going to be satirical, but this would be impossible, at least for me. Jennifer Grossman of the Atlas Society made an excellent Rand, in her ideas, costume, and even accent. In order for me honestly to interview her, I had to suspend disbelief.  As soon as Ms. Grossman proposed this, I saw the merit in the idea. Rand died in 1982 and too few today know her work. Instead they accept the caricatured reputation. This is the sad fate of fame. Even the greatest thinkers have their great works reduced to slogans and phrases. It’s happened to Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Darwin, Freud, Hayek, and thousands of others, and it’s happening to Rand too. What if we brought the person back to life and had him or her present a biographical story and passing observations on our times in contemporary vernacular? I’ve seen...
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During the past week or so, as the inauguration of Donald Trump took place against the near hysteria of opponents, what has characterized editorials, marches, and public confessions of faith by famous Hollywood Stars? That’s right—name calling. Speaking to the “Women’s March” on Washington, the day after Mr. Trump was sworn into office, Hollywood actress Ashley Judd seized a microphone and hissed, referring to the new President of the United States: “I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interest, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, misogyny, ignorance, white privilege…. I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, like your wet dreams infused with your own genes.” Ayn Rand’s literary genius—in fiction and, if possible, still more in nonfiction—manifested itself in command of suspense, philosophical action, evocation of complex sensory experiences, a tone of conviction absent...
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Republished from 2012 With President Donald Trump  and Congress moving forward on promises to Build That Wall, here are four crucial facts that Republicans and conservatives must keep in mind. First, the reason so many immigrants come to this country illegally, especially from Mexico and Latin America, is that the federal government has failed for decades to provide an easy means for legal entry for those who want to come here to work. Second, minor children were not responsible for their parents’ choice to bring them here illegally. Do those kids—many now adults with their own children—deserve to be penalized, their families broken up? Third, the choice of most immigrants to come here illegally was morally right and should be applauded. In most cases, poor Latinos face two choices: 1) Stay in their own countries, wallowing in poverty, watching their families suffer, with little opportunity for prosperous, happy lives; or 2) Seek the best life possible for themselves and their loved ones by entering the United States illegally. Poverty and lack of education and political connections make it impossible for many to secure legal permission to come to America. It would be morally contemptible...
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By Katy Grimes  Across America media outlets are promoting various planned marches, rallies and “protests” for President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration January 20.  Project Veritas this week exposed numerous radical groups organizing attacks, planning to incite violence, create transportation shut downs, and commit acts of domestic terrorism during the Deploraball January 19, as well as the Presidential Inauguration January 20. The Washington Times reported Tuesday that ads offering activists up to $2,500 per month to protest the inaugural of...
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Washington, Jan. 20, 2017 I watched Donald J. Trump’s inauguration today with mixed feelings. I didn’t vote for him, even though the prospect of another four years of Obama’s “progressivism” under Hillary was awful. Watching his campaign with disbelief, I thought he was a blend of Peter Keating, demanding attention and affirmation with a hair-trigger intolerance for being dissed; and of Gail Wynand, building power by appealing to the lowest common denominator. Yet I have to admit that, on election eve, my heart lifted when the results cascaded in his favor. It wasn’t just that Hillary lost, and that the commentators and media were so flummoxed. It seemed that something new and promising might actually happen. Two things have boosted that feeling. The first is that Trump has nominated strong, independent, successful people to his cabinet. Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon; Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE fast food restaurants; education philanthropist Betsy DeVos—these and his other nominees are not the yes-men sycophants one might have feared, and they are not insiders whose appointment is merely a good bureaucratic career move. The second is my observation of the opposition. I was working at home today, on...

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