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Month: May 2011

Age of Rand?

First published in Flourishing May 2011. Ayn Rand, born Alisa Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2nd, 1905, was one of the 20th century’s foremost voices for human freedom.  Some of you, no doubt, have read some of her work.  Recently, her most famous work, Atlas Shrugged, was adapted for the silver screen, and Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, was released to more than three hundred theaters in eighty U.S. cities on April 15.  Rand was not just one of the 20th century’s most famous and articulate champions of freedom,… Read more Age of Rand?

Of Pawns & Kings

First published in Flourishing May 2011. Louis XIV was King of France for seventy-two years, and though he was not the worst of Kings, he did lead France to the brink of bankruptcy through his lavish and self-congratulatory spending. Mark Twain famously said that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.  Indeed. We Americans are about to begin a national discussion of that vast, unfunded taxpayers’ liability known as Social Security.  (The discussion is bound to include all entitlements, but for the sake of simplicity, I’m focusing on Social Security.)… Read more Of Pawns & Kings