Robert Smalls: From Slave to War Hero, Entrepreneur, and Congressman
Tim White January 31, 2020
Robert Smalls had much in common with many other heroes of history, such as Joan of Arc and Rosa Parks. Like them, Smalls refused to live as a victim.
History, Philosophy, Politics & Rights
Leading an Enlightenment Life in an Anti-Enlightenment World
Timothy Sandefur November 21, 2019
Exemplars of Enlightenment thinking, Deborah Feldman, Yeonmi Park, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali escaped oppression in pursuit of freedom, rational inquiry, and the life these values make possible. They are models for us all.
Arts & Culture, History
The Life and Poetry of John Keats
Lisa VanDamme November 21, 2019
Keats’s life was cruelly short and marred by tragedy, unrequited love, and ill health. But his frail body held a formidable soul. That soul lives on through his poetry and inspires us to make the most of our own opportunities for joy.
Economics, History, Politics & Rights
The Bravery of Hong Kong’s Freedom Fighters
Timothy Sandefur November 21, 2019
The bravery of today’s Hong Kong protestors is nothing short of incredible. Confronting the massive forces of the world’s largest and most bloodstained dictatorship, they stand for freedom against overwhelming odds. Yet they remain undaunted.
Arts & Culture, History, Reviews
The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon by Timothy Sandefur
Stephen R. C. Hicks November 13, 2019
Sandefur’s well-trained and wide-ranging mind, brought to bear on a subject of deep personal interest, has delivered prose that is both graceful and direct. What emerges from his biographical portrait is the closest any of us now can get to one of the great humanistic minds of the previous century.
Ayn Rand & Objectivism, History, Philosophy, Politics & Rights
The Prometheus Connection, America’s Original Spirit: Rise, Demise, Recovery by Kevin Osborne
Alex Bleier November 7, 2019
In the tradition of Ayn Rand’s essay “For the New Intellectual,” Osborne explains that knowing the history of how we got where we are today can teach us what we need to do to reestablish America’s original spirit—and the freedoms that flow from it.
Announcements, History, Politics & Rights
Timothy Sandefur on the Heroic Life of Frederick Douglass
Elliott Hill October 16, 2019
In this excellent video, Timothy Sandefur tells the story of the great American hero Frederick Douglass, one of history’s most influential advocates of freedom.
History, Philosophy, Reviews
The Plato Cult and Other Philosophical Follies by David Stove
Jon Hersey October 9, 2019
As Ayn Rand wrote, “To laugh at the contemptible, is a virtue.” With the wit of a Mark Twain and the jaundiced eye of a Richard Mitchell, David Stove practiced this virtue diligently and thus did philosophy a tremendous service.
History, Politics & Rights
Bravery That Broke the Berlin Wall
Timothy Sandefur October 3, 2019
Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, as polls report the increasing popularity of socialism among young Americans, it’s worth pausing to remember the massive evil it embodied and the bravery that brought it down.
History, Politics & Rights, Reviews
The Rediscovery of America: Essays by Harry V. Jaffa on the New Birth of Politics
Timothy Sandefur September 17, 2019
For all of his errors, Jaffa's insistence that the truths of the Declaration are not historical artifacts but timeless principles worthy of defending will make his best work last forever.