I’ve written about how totalitarian ideologies such as communism and Nazism have a lot in common. Both subordinate the individual to the state and both give the state power over the economy. And both slaughter millions of people. My buddy from grad school, Matt Kibbe, has a great video on this issue. Needless to say, I agree with Matt’s characterization. How high does the death toll need to get before people realize that communism, like its sister ideology of Nazism, is despicably evil? The battle is not right vs. left. It’s statism vs. individualism. Let’s look at some writings on this issue. We’ll start with...
Jason Stotts is a philosopher and psychotherapist who has long been interested in the intersection of philosophy and psychology that is sexuality. He received his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Brandman University in 2015 and his Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Economics from Denison University in 2006. In terms of his philosophic work, Jason is primarily interested in sexuality and ethics, but is also very interested in philosophy of emotion, philosophy of psychology, and epistemology. In terms of philosophers, he is primarily interested in Ayn Rand and Aristotle, but also enjoys ancient philosophy more generally. Jason is a member of the Society for the Philosophy of Love and Sex (SPLS) of the American Philosophical Association. In terms of his psychological work, Jason specializes in sex education, sex therapy, relationship therapy, and general psychotherapy. His work is primarily grounded in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), but he is also very interested in Philosophic Therapy (the good life, virtue, the role of other people, etc.) and Existential Therapy (meaning in life, death, etc.). The Atlas Society Senior Editor Marilyn Moore recently interviewed him about his book Eros and Ethos: A New Theory of Sexual Ethics. MM: Culturally we are in a period in which there is a lack of trust, particularly between men and women, in regards to sex. Some people might read the title of your book, Eros and Ethos: A New...
Editor’s Note: In this personal blog, the artist Agnieszka Pilat reflects on men, machines, and the arrival of spring. My zeal for the liberating power of technology has become the defining element of my paintings in the last three years. My fascination with machines is an unyielding and ceaseless effort to bring attention to American industry; but, now that spring has arrived, I’m taking a personal, more romantic look at my relationship with technology. Great industrial machines. . . There’s something intensely erotic in the scenes of lubricated pistons and greased gears repeating the same actions over and over again. At a subconscious level, the human brain draws parallels between the mechanic repetition and masculine masturbation, or powerful sexual fantasies. As a female artist, I have to ask myself if my obsession with the Machine, my willingness to surrender to its ceaseless energy and intense power, is at all related to my personal values and my worship of men. Is it possible that my zeal for the Machine is an expression of my female desire to yield control to the masculine in my desire for order and security? Having failed in my personal romantic relationships, perhaps I have subconsciously turned to the Machine for love? “At the first kiss I felt something melt inside me that hurt in an exquisite way. All my longings, all my dreams and sweet anguish, all the secrets that slept deep within me came awake, everything...
Editor’s Note: Frankensteel is Book One of the Just Hunter Series by Robin Craig. It is the near future, and in the conflict between advancing high technology and those who want to stop it, the world's first self aware, thinking robot violently escapes the men who seek to destroy it. This novella follows the intertwining lives of the robot, Steel, and the people trying to find, save or destroy him; and explores the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence and what it means to be human. Frankensteel is part of The Writers Series, our highly popular feature that spotlights novelists who have been influenced by Ayn Rand. He clenched the piece of paper in his fist. Such a small, innocuous thing, a piece of paper, to be crumpled and discarded without a thought. But not this one. He remembered those men so many years ago, men who could not see the vision so clear before his eyes, men afraid to move forward: as if life lay in the safety of stillness not in flight over unlimited horizons. But he understood. It was their money, well maybe not theirs but entrusted to their care, and like all men they could only follow their own vision not that of someone else. But if they could refuse him, if they could put obstacles in his path, still they could not stop him and he would find his own way without them. And so he had, and it had brought him to where he now sat, at a burnished desk high in the sky...
Is Operation Varsity Blues really about wealth and privilege? Boston U. S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, who broke the case charging parents and university officials with cheating on college admissions applications, thinks so. He called the complicit parents, “a catalog of wealth and privilege.” It’s true, the parents all shelled out big bucks--Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, to name two,  allegedly paid $500,000 to get their daughters into USC. Such flaunting of wealth has upset a lot of people. According to this blogger in the Intelligencer, As the first person in my family to attend college, I was appalled to see wealthy parents cheat the system to the detriment of children who worked hard but lacked their wealth. We should also use these prosecutions to launch a broader debate about a system that compares wealthy students who receive private tutors and submit applications prepared by professionals with students who can barely afford the application fees. But focusing on the wealth takes the emphasis off the real issue--fraud. Apparently, even the accused are baffled. Many are not sure that they did anything wrong. According to prison consultant Justin...

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