Category Archives: Objectivism

The Virtue of Self-Defense

Shortly after September 11, I wrote this article, “The Virtue of Self-Defense.” Ten years later, I have greatly revised it.

“If the guiding moral compass has these two goals, in order of importance, 1) remove the enemy and 2) have as little loss to your side as possible … the wanton use of nuclear bombs starts to seem ideal. This is a horrifying position that should be shunned.

The Virtue of Self-Defense

Political freedom is not an absolute but a contextual conclusion that flows from the virtue of self-defense. This conclusion changes in wartime.

Read Ayn Rand

Man Scrawls World’s Biggest Message With GPS ‘Pen

One man drove 12,238 miles across 30 states to scrawl a message that can only be viewed using Google Earth. His big shoutout: “Read Ayn Rand.”

Nick Newcomen did a road trip over 30 days that covered stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. First, he identified on a map the route he would need to drive to spell out the message. He put a GPS device in his car to trace the route he would follow. Then, he hit the road.

Read More http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/08/worlds-biggest-writing/#ixzz0we5PFLEZ

Egalitarianism and Inflation

This article is a *must* read for anyone trying to understand the current economic crisis.

Egalitarianism and Inflation by Ayn Rand

Inflation is a man-made scourge, made possible by the fact that most men do not understand it. It is a crime committed on so large a scale that its size is its protection: the integrating capacity of the victims’ minds breaks down before the magnitude—and the seeming complexity—of the crime, which permits it to be committed openly, in public. For centuries, inflation has been wrecking one country after another, yet men learn nothing, offer no resistance, and perish—not like animals driven to slaughter, but worse: like animals stampeding in search of a butcher.

Also at the end is the article “Gold and Economic Freedom” by Alan Greenspan.

This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists’ tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.