The Spirit of Christmas

When asked about what she thought of the celebration of Christmas, Ayn Rand wrote: Yes, of course. A national holiday, in this country, cannot have an exclusively religious meaning. The secular meaning of the Christmas holiday is wider than the tenets of any particular religion: it is good will toward men—a frame of mind which is […]

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Derek Freeman vs Margaret Mead, Resurgence of the Voltaire-Rousseau Feud

Rousseau and Voltaire hated each other, Voltaire was the father of enlightenment, the advocate of freedom without the State’s interference; Rosseau was the father of totalitarianism, that the State has the power to provide “positive” freedom if we give up our natural rights in favour of social contract. Voltaire advocated for civil liberty while Rousseau […]

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Pride or Vanity?

What is pride? Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value. One obtains pride by never accepting any code of irrational virtues impossible to practice and by never failing to practice the virtues one knows to be rational—by never accepting an unearned guilt and never earning any, or, if […]

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Finding Integrity in Hollywood

James “Jimmy” Dean is often regarded as one of the greatest actors, but he has only had lead roles in 3 films before his tragic accident: East of Eden (1955) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Giant (1956) There are many biographies written as well as biopics made about James Dean, so this article is not gonna be […]

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The Roots of Ayn Rand

When not writing articles, essays or novels, Ayn Rand also enjoyed visiting the cinema and reading other people’s novels. She frequently referenced popular culture in her non-fiction writing: from discussing an episode of Twilight zone (The Eye of the Beholder) to talking about her experience of watching Dr. No when it was released. Today I am […]

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