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Monday, October 11, 2004

Three Articles Well Worth Your Time

I had been wondering what had happened to my emailings from Capitalism Magazine. It turned out that I had failed to throw a switch on Yahoo. While untangling my snafu, I found three articles I had missed, and I want to bring them to your attention.

All three were written by Objectivists, practitioners of the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

If you have not visited the sunlit universe of Ayn Rand and discovered the gorgeous depth of understanding her philosophy permits your own mind, then you have been missing intellectual satisfaction not obtainable elsewhere in the culture today. Ayn Rand was unique in history. She not only formulated a complete philosophical system, but she put it into two presentation formats. In her later years, she published many non-fiction essays which elaborated Objectivism. Prior to this, she wrote her philosophy into novels and plays which uniquely present Objectivism in an esthetic format easily and attractively absorbed by any reader new to her thoughts. My favorite over the decades has been her last novel, Atlas Shrugged. It has the most complete statement of her philosophy of her fictional works. The best single presentation of her philosophy in a crystal clear format, in a single volume, was written by her colleague Leonard Peikoff, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Meridian Books, NY, 1991.

These articles present thinking you cannot easily find in the culture today.

If you are sickened by liberalism and perplexed, if not turned off, by the conservatism as practiced by the Bush administration, then John Lewis' article will utterly enlighten you:
Opposing Platonic Conservatism: A Matter of Values
by John Lewis, Ph.D. (October 5, 2004)

If you want to read a reasoned case for John Kerry, Craig Biddle provides it. I do not agree with his voting for Kerry, but I really appreciate his arguments:
Capitalist Hawk for Kerry
by Craig Biddle (October 4, 2004)

Lastly, artist Edward Cline writes about the dominance in the world of nihilism, most particularly expressed in Islam, and he puts his thoughts so clearly and so correctly.
The Nihilism of Islamifascism: Taking it Personally
by Edward Cline (October 1, 2004)

Objectivism should be and will be the philosophy of America at some time in the future. I will not live to see it flower, but I have seen it come (starting in 1965) from a maligned and discounted bag of kook ideas from kooks during Ayn Rand's life (she died in 1982) to producing two institutes devoted to the dissemination and elaboration of her ideas and a steadily growing body of new academicians in philosophy, history, business, and many other disciplines, now formally trained in Objectivism. Of all of the things I have found helpful in life, Objectivism sits atop the list. Thanks to it, I can think.

And, by the way, Ayn Rand's books have never gone out of print and still sell in the hundreds of thousands every year. Neither liberals, nor conservatives, will tell you that.

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