As human beings, we fear chaos and confusion and fight against them. We appreciate order. We celebrate reason, logic, and science because they help us bring order and manageability to our experience of reality. But no matter how rational and focused we are, we remain vulnerable to unexpected events that can throw our lives into turmoil. A slippery sidewalk, an unanticipated illness, a drunken driver, a freak storm, or (who knows?) an errant meteor.
1967: Ayn Rand is interviewed on WKCR, a Columbia University student-run radio station. She is asked about the reason for hostility and the "deep antagonism" that some critics of capitalism express toward it. This reaction is rooted in a "fear of independence" and "rationality" Rand says.
In a new article, “Reconsidering Gabriel Kolko: A Half-Century Perspective ,” Robert Bradley, Jr. and Roger Donway explain why libertarians should not embrace the views of historian Gabriel Kolko.
James Comey, who is widely said to have threatened resigning as Acting U.S. Attorney General rather than sign off on the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping, will reportedly soon be nominated to be the next Director of the FBI. Because of his 2004 stand-off over the anti-terrorist program, Comey is something of a hero to civil libertarians. As it happens, the story of that confrontation has gotten a bit muddled.
Saluting the philosopher who gave reason its foundational tool, Ayn Rand named the three sections of Atlas Shrugged after Aristotle’s axioms of logic. The second section, “Either-Or,” is the novel’s pivot point.


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