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Hillbilly Culture and America’s Future

on October 18th, 2016 by admin

I just finished reading an intriguing memoir about a segment of American society that is virtually ignored.  Writer J.D. Vance chronicles his life story in Hillbilly Elegy.  Vance highlights the terrible consequences of bad ideas passed from generation to generation.  These bad ideas include eschewing education, using violence as a means to settle disagreements, drug […]

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The Atlas Shrugged Movie.

on January 17th, 2012 by admin

I finally got the chance to watch the Atlas Shrugged movie.  Since I rented it through Netflix I was able to view the film multiple times.  I’ve done a review of the book a few years ago.  This was during the time the Tea Party movement was gaining momentum.  References to Atlas Shrugged and “Going […]

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Progressive Education’s Destruction Of The Mind.

on March 1st, 2011 by admin

I just finished reading a disturbing autobiography.  Writer Walter Kirn discusses his traumatic educational experiences in Lost In The Meritocracy: The Undereducation Of An Overachiever.  Describing his life through the prism of education, Kirn tells a story of incompetency and profound anti-intellectualism that nearly destroyed him.  Kirn transfers to Princeton University where he is exposed […]

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Ayn Rand’s Three Plays.

on February 3rd, 2010 by admin

We all are familiar with Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.  However Rand was also a playwright.  She wrote three plays, Night of January 16th, Ideal and Think Twice.  Night of January 16th was the only play to be produced on and off Broadway.  Unlike The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Rand’s plays do not […]

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Haiti’s Man Made Disaster.

on January 25th, 2010 by admin

Two weeks have passed since the earthquake in Haiti.  It’s good that nations all over the world are helping with the rescue effort.  However, it is painfully obvious that Haiti has no infrastructure that would be able to withstand a natural catastrophe.  This is ultimately a consequence of corrupt government and more specifically, foreign aid.  This […]

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Atlas Shrugged, “Going Galt”, and Tax Day Tea Parties

on April 14th, 2009 by admin

I’ve noticed the references to Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged for the past month.  Americans are very concerned with growing government involvement in the private economy.  The Obama administration has made it obvious his distain for wealth and the profit motive.  He took the unbelievable step in firing the CEO of General Motors.  Now the president […]

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MY HERO, HOWARD ROARK IN THE FOUNTAINHEAD

on February 9th, 2009 by admin

Here’s my first review of a novel.  The Fountainhead, written by my favorite philosopher Ayn Rand was published in 1943.  I’ve always believed that fiction, good fiction that is, can give lessons on life than non-fiction cannot.  I’m currently re-reading the book.  The character of Howard Roark is someone who lives his life with integrity, never compromising his standards […]

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