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With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education yesterday, President Trump won a fiercely-fought battle -- with game-changing implications.  DeVos, a tireless proponent for school choice, was opposed by a solid wall of Democrats and two dissenting Republicans, requiring a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.   The proponents of a government monopoly on education are having a meltdown.  “A sad day for children,” was the assessment of teachers union boss Randi Weingarten, who earns a cool half a mill as President of the American Federation of Teachers.  Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson essentially called DeVos a murderer: DeVos is a religious conservative, and as such, Ayn Rand might have reflexively disliked her, having repeatedly criticized religion and conservatism.  But the argument for school choice is grounded in the moral rights of individuals to choose for themselves -- and their children.  Rand rejected conservatives who seek “to uphold the status quo, the given, the established, regardless of what it might be, regardless of whether it is good or bad, right or...
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Hardcore anti-Communist Ayn Rand was, to the surprise of many who did not live through those days, not a fan of hardcore anti-Communist Ronald Reagan. But Rand died in 1982, only a year into Reagan’s presidency. So on the occasion of his birthday, let’s ask why Rand didn’t like Reagan and whether, if she had lived, she would have reevaluated her opinion of the Gipper. Fear of the Religious Right Rand found strong fault principally with Reagan’s alliance with the emerging Religious Right. She said that “the appalling disgrace of his administration was his connection with the so-called ‘Moral Majority’ and sundry other TV religionists, who are struggling, apparently with his approval, to take us back to the Middle Ages via the unconstitutional union of religion and politics.” Most notably, Rand rejected Reagan’s opposition to legal abortion. But what really happened to all those campaign promises?  In retrospect, Reagan mostly offered rhetoric and did little to make the Religious Right agenda his political priority. His energies went into two goals. First, he wanted to roll back the Soviet bloc, and thus the threat of nuclear war, rather than resigning...
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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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