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Day: July 31, 2009

Ayn Rand on nature

All my life I’ve run into followers of Ayn Rand who assertively assert that I need to read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead or The Virtue of Selfishness or something. My trouble is that these books are too fat, sort of like me. So I confess I haven’t read anything by her that took any …

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Nature and Practicality

The only thing more foolish than being impractical is being a Pragmatist (i.e. making practicality the ultimate thing). The demand for practical applications is the most perfect way to avoid having to hear or think about what is inconvenient or undesirable. The demand for relevance is the ideal way to avoid what matters most. And …

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Dismal Statement?

My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks. President Barack Obama to the leaders of the banking industry I’m as angry as anybody about banker’s folly, and I’ve as much a victim of it as most people – no, more than most – but the thought that our president thinks of himself …

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Philosopher Citizens

Somebody mentioned in passing during the conference that Mortimer Adler said that not everybody will be an electrician or a lawyer or a football player (or something like that) but that everybody is a citizen and a philosopher. Wow. That means that every school must be serious about equipping their students to be citizens (people …

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