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J Ricardo Valenzuela
Mexican cattle rancher, former professional cowboy, libertarian economist.
Mexican cattle rancher, former professional cowboy, libertarian economist.

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The Roots of the IRS Scandal
Steve Simpson The revelation in May of this year that the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) was systematically targeting Tea Party and other conservative
groups for special scrutiny under the laws governing nonprofit
organizations shocked the nation and tri...

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“No Substitute for Victory”: The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism
John David Lewis Author’s
note: This article was adapted from a lecture I presented at the Ayn
Rand Institute’s OCON conference “The Jihad Against the West,” in
Boston, MA, on October 21, 2006. The Greek historian Thucydides, writing about the calamitous...

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Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, by Peter Schweizer
Michael Dahlen | Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets , by Peter Schweizer. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. 250 pp. $27 (hardcover). Many people, from all sectors of the political spectrum, believe ...

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Martin Anderson Remembered
Edward Hudgins   Friends
of freedom have lost a friend. Martin Anderson, 78, a Hoover
Institution scholar and policy advisor to presidents, has passed away.
Among his achievements were helping to eliminate the military draft and
heading off a national I...

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Was Ayn Rand Wrong on Reagan?
Edward Hudgins 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 ...

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Schumpeter’s Innovators
Roger Donway But today marks the birthday of another world-changing leader in the
annals of liberty, Joseph Schumpeter, born on February 8th, 1883. No
one did more to create the popular imageof the heroic entrepreneur than
the Moravia-born economist Jose...

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A Randian Rockstar: KISS’ Gene Simmons
Jennifer A. Grossman Ayn Rand rocks . That’s
the attitude of KISS frontman Gene Simmons, an autodidact who
immigrated from Israel when he was 8, and who leaned on his own creative
drive to become one of the most successful entertainers of his era. "You a...

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Watergate Reruns: The Campaign to Overturn the Election
Walter Donway What
I call the “Not Our President Elite” (NOPE) believes that a
frighteningly ignorant, bigoted, and distinctly inferior America—not the
America of NOPE—elected Donald Trump. Defeated in the election, not
only for President, but for contr...

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Is Homosexuality Moral?
D. Moskovitz Question: Is it moral to be homosexual? and what is Objectivism's view of homosexuality? Answer:  While Ayn Rand did consider homosexuality to be immoral, this was only her personal
view. The morality of homosexuality is not a philosophical is...

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Gold, Money, and the Great Depression
Gold, Money, and the Great Depression Jason Sorens What caused the Great Depression? There’s no shortage of popular
theories. Some say it was an inevitable consequence of capitalism.
Others claim it was the big stock market crash of October 1929 that
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