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Ayn Rand, the Movies, and the Idea of America

An Introduction to Ayn Rand's Textbook of Americanism

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 by LAURIE RICE

A little-known work by Ayn Rand is seeing new light. Laurie Rice reflects on Rand's "Textbook of Americanism," its philosophical contrasts, and the history that informed it for the Russian radical.

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The Sisters

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 by WILLIAM WRIGHT

Friend, have you ever looked into the fire's radiance?
Have you witnessed the element up close?

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Hayek: The Knowledge Problem

We must stand humble before complexity and order without planning

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 by JEFFREY A. TUCKER

The revelation hit me like a truck: This is an order that no one can possibly comprehend in either its totality or its parts, and, as such, an order that no one can possibly control.

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The Liberty to Leave

Secession is a right, despite slavery’s blight and the Civil War

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 by DOUG BANDOW

Slavery has tainted the idea of secession, just as it erroneously defines the Civil War for too many people.

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Biddle v. Borders on Moral Foundations

Do you believe a free order is justified by one single moral justification or by a number of different moral justifications?

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September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited our social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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