Arts & Culture, History
The Man Who Electrified Music
Jon Hersey August 10, 2019
Though he never sought the spotlight nor learned to play guitar, Leo Fender’s creations, including the Telecaster, Precision Bass, and Stratocaster, opened the door for countless young players—and for a revolution in music.
Arts & Culture, History
Zora Neale Hurston Put Nothing above Independence
Timothy Sandefur July 18, 2019
“I do not share the gloomy thought that Negroes in America are doomed to be stomped out,” wrote Zora Neale Hurston. “We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else. It is up to the individual.”
The Enigma Code Breakers Who Saved the World
Tim White July 8, 2019
Rejewski, Rózycki, Zygalski, Turing, Knox, and other Bletchley Park code breakers used their brains to defeat the brawn of one of the biggest ideological threats to human life in the 20th century.
Arts & Culture, History, Politics & Rights
Washington Crossing the Delaware: A Beacon of the American Spirit
Joseph Kellard July 4, 2019
“This is a picture,” reads one description of Emmanuel Leutze‘s masterpiece, “by the sight of which, in this weary and exhausted time, one can recover health and strength. . . . [It] has power to work upon the hearts, and inflame the spirits of all that behold it.”
Announcements, Ayn Rand & Objectivism, History, Politics & Rights
FEEcon 2019: Sprouting Optimism, Growing Liberty
Jon Hersey June 20, 2019
The intelligence, passion for ideas, and interest in moral foundations demonstrated by FEEcon speakers and attendees give lovers of liberty reason for optimism.
How John H. Patterson Modernized Industry
Jonathan Townley June 11, 2019
John H. Patterson showed the world what so many “greedy industrialists” are made of: an enduring will to remake the world as it could and should be—and on their own terms.
Arts & Culture, History, Philosophy, Reviews
Socrates: Dramatizing the History of Western Thought
Robert Begley May 30, 2019
Tim Blake Nelson’s excellent play retells the story of one of the West’s first great philosophers—Socrates.
Joan of Arc: Heroine of France, Exemplar of Courage
Tim White May 30, 2019
Joan of Arc refused to live as a helpless bystander in the face of adversity. Instead, she fought for a primitive but admirable conception of freedom.
History, Politics & Rights
John Marshall: Dual Sovereignty, One Republic
Timothy Sandefur May 21, 2019
John Marshall patiently upheld the principle of dual sovereignty and set vital legal precedents for America in her infancy.
From Sea to Shining Sea: The Heroes and Villains of the First Transcontinental Railroad
Tim White May 10, 2019
Despite the graft of a few pseudo-businessmen, the First Transcontinental Railroad was a profoundly life-enhancing demonstration of human ingenuity.