Sunday, September 23, 2007

Road to 9/11

Elan Journo's excellent talk The Road to 9/11: How America's Selfless Policies Unleashed the Jihadists is now available through the registered user section of ARI's website. The Q&A was also very good, so those particularly interested in the topic might consider buying the full DVD when it comes out.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Onkar in the New Statesman

Onk has a four-part series of articles in the New Statesmen in which he introduces some of the basic Objectivist views in lay terms. I think he succeeded quite well in delivering an accurate presentation which is still accessible to those unfamiliar with the philosophy:

1. Objectivism. A Philosophy for Living.
2. The Selfish Life
3. The Roots of Objectivism
4. Objectivism's Appeal and its Demands

Thursday, September 20, 2007

This is John Galt Speaking

Interesting YouTube video via Not PC.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Michael O'Leary

I found this OpinionJournal piece on the Ryanair founder both interesting and inspiring. Who wouldn't admire a man who has the audacity to do this:
Most recently, when Britain's Advertising Standards Authority said Ryanair was incorrectly claiming that its flights were faster and cheaper than the Eurostar train for traveling between London and Brussels, he sent the frowning officials a copy of "Mathematics for Dummies."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Religious "Truth"

I ran across this quote today which I thought worth passing along because it perfectly encapsulates the dogmatic nature of religion (and the concomitant requirement that believers disregard their own judgment in favor of some authority's). It's from Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) in his Spiritual Exercises:
To arrive at the truth in all things, we ought always to be ready to believe that what seems to us white is black, if the hierarchical Church so defines it.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Religious Debate

This is hilarious (and simultaneously very sad) because it's so insightful. (HT: Not PC)

Abolitionist Essay Collection

Diana has posted Lin Zinser's glowing review and recommendation for Brad Thompson's Antislavery Political Writings. Lin provides us with this motivation to read the book:
If you want to understand how abolitionists brought slavery to the forefront of American thought in less than 10 years; if you want to study how a good, moral political movement changed the world in 30 years; if you want to get involved in political action today, but you want to do it in a principled, moral way -- this is the book to read, understand and study. Whether your concern is foreign policy, health care, immigration, or education, this book is an excellent resource and tool.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Akash Bhairab

Anyone feel like flying Nepal Airlines given their innovative maintenance program? ( I hope the professors who go to great lengths to assure us that all cultures are equal will rush out and book their flights.)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Killed by the Rules

Galileo points to this excellent article by Diane West which clearly demonstrates the tragic effects of our immoral rules of engagement. See Galileo's post and its comments for further discussion.

Onkar on CNBC

Onk was on CNBC today discussing whether the FED should exist.