Reason vs. Mysticism: Truth and Consequences
Craig Biddle November 26, 2021
Reason or mysticism: These are our basic alternatives. One leads to knowledge, production, trade, prosperity, and social harmony. The other leads to ignorance, destruction, plunder, poverty, and unspeakable cruelty.
Arts & Culture, Biographies
Leroy Anderson’s Joyful American Music
Betsy Speicher November 26, 2021
Many Leroy Anderson compositions, written more than half a century ago, have become an enduring part of both American concert and popular music. His works are joyful and have a distinctive American flavor.
Arts & Culture, Ayn Rand & Objectivism, Philosophy
Which Ayn Rand Novel to Read First
Jon Hersey November 26, 2021
Where in Rand’s corpus should a curious reader begin? As someone who’s read it all, I would say that, for most people, there’s no better place to start than with one of Rand’s major works of fiction—Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, We the Living, or Anthem—and I suspect Rand would agree.
Politics & Rights
Environmentalists Show Their Disregard for Human Life
Thomas Walker-Werth November 26, 2021
During October 2021, environmentalist “protesters” affiliated with the “Insulate Britain” movement twice blocked the M25, Britain’s busiest motorway. These show the anti-human morality that underlies the environmentalist movement.
Arts & Culture, Reviews
Law of the Land, by Elmer Kelton
Timothy Sandefur November 26, 2021
One reason critics often ignored Elmer Kelton was that his novels celebrate the virtues of integrity, honor, hard work, and bravery, with none of the nihilism or mournfulness that mark other Western authors. “Critics don’t read a Western unless the book is contemptuous of its subject matter,” Kelton once said.
Education & Parenting, Politics & Rights
Shame on MIT for Bowing to a Twitter Mob
Angelica Walker-Werth November 12, 2021
Part of the university administration’s job is to determine who speaks on campus. But to deplatform speakers based on unrelated political views is spineless and contrary to the mission of a university: to seek and share knowledge. Universities ought to stand up to the nonsense of Twitter mobs, not bow to it.