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Principles of a Free Society

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-09-25 22:48

Principles of a Free Society

A New Web Site from the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights

What makes a society free? What does it mean for an individual to be free—free to pursue his rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness? Just how free are we in the “home of the brave and the land of the free”? And most importantly, what must we now do to achieve the type of free society that our Founding Fathers envisioned? What did they miss that we must now fight for?

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same shit...different pile — by 0 on Sun, 2009-09-27 03:13
Excellent — by Ross Elliot on Sun, 2009-09-27 03:08

The U.N. is Fundamentally Flawed

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-09-24 22:46

The U.N. is Fundamentally Flawed

WASHINGTON, September 24, 2009--Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s recent 90-minute tirade, and the anti-semitic ranting of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, both at the United Nations general assembly, are yet two more reminders of what’s fundamentally wrong with the United Nations.


Fighting for the People . . . of Afghanistan?

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-09-23 22:14

Fighting for the People . . . of Afghanistan?

WASHINGTON, September 23, 2009--In a recent statement by top U.S. commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, he criticized the U.S. military for being “preoccupied with protection of our own forces” in Afghanistan. He wrote that American forces should “share risk, at least equally, with the people” of Afghanistan. What makes our leaders think that they can ever win a war with this sort of philosophy?

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Quite right Robert ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2009-09-25 10:38
“preoccupied with protection of our own forces” — by Robert on Thu, 2009-09-24 18:50

Washington Bullies American Bankers

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-09-18 21:52

Washington Bullies American Bankers

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2009--The Wall Street Journal reports today that the Federal Reserve is about to propose new regulations that would give it power to control compensation policies at American banks--including banks that did not receive bailout funds.

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Credit, Redux (Briefly) — by Jeff Perren on Mon, 2009-11-02 02:37
The government is making big — by Lanza Morio on Sun, 2009-11-01 06:51
Jeff — by Ptgymatic on Mon, 2009-09-21 04:13

The Unfairness of “Fair Speech”

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-09-16 00:55

The Unfairness of “Fair Speech”

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2009--The Supreme Court has recently finished an unusual second round of hearings in the case of Citizens United v. FEC.


Our Self-Crippled War

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2009-09-14 23:19

Our Self-Crippled War

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2009--The newspapers are becoming more and more critical of the failing war in Afghanistan, without offering any new ideas or solutions.  Elan Journo, a fellow with the Ayn Rand Center, is the editor of a new book on American foreign policy since 9/11, and has recently written an op-ed on the war in Afghanistan.

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School for Retards — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2009-09-17 04:10
It's because we "are not allowed to touch the ideology" — by Sandi on Tue, 2009-09-15 06:46

The Health Care Speech Was a Moral Obamination

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-09-10 22:12

The Health Care Speech Was a Moral Obamination

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2009--In a joint speech to Congress last night, President Obama laid out his plan for health care reform. The president, quoting the late Senator Ted Kennedy, said: “What we face is, above all, a moral issue; at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.”


The Truth Behind “United We Serve”

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-09-04 23:43

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The Truth Behind “United We Serve”

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 4, 2009--President Obama’s United We Serve campaign is in full swing, with the airing of public service announcements all across the country. What is the real meaning behind this initiative?

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Well Said — by Jeff Perren on Sat, 2009-09-05 14:02
Exactly, Jeff — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-09-05 09:38

The Quiet Tyranny of Eminent Domain

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-09-03 23:23

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The Quiet Tyranny of Eminent Domain

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2009--All around the country, local and federal governments are quietly snatching up private property in the name of the “common good,” with hardly any public resistance.

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The Environmental Movement is abolishing Private Property — by Sandi on Fri, 2009-09-04 02:04

A New Plan for Afghanistan

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-09-02 01:40

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 1, 2009--In a statement Monday, General Stanley McChrystal said, “The situation in Afghanistan is serious, but success is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy, commitment and resolve.” Why is the United States losing the war and what should the new strategy look like?

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Michael Yon — by Robert on Wed, 2009-09-02 04:21

Celebrate Oil Day!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-08-27 00:19

Celebrate Oil Day!

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 26, 2009--Tomorrow, August 27, marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the oil industry in the United States.


ObamaCare Is Immoral

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-08-21 22:21

ObamaCare Is Immoral

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 21, 2009—In an online interview earlier this week, President Obama said that “universal” health care is an “ethical and moral obligation. . . . [based on the idea] that we look out for one another, that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. And in the wealthiest nation on earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call.” But this is a perversion of morality.

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I wonder who ... — by Frediano on Sun, 2009-08-23 17:42
This weeks video viral chart — by Marcus on Sun, 2009-08-23 10:58
There you have it in a nutshell. — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2009-08-21 23:51

150 Years of Black Gold

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-08-20 22:55

150 Years of Black Gold

Washington, D.C., August 20, 2009—August 27 marks the 150th anniversary of the first commercial oil well drilled in Pennsylvania. This historic landmark, and the oil industry in general, should be celebrated by Americans, not derided as a necessary evil.

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The Good Oil — by gregster on Fri, 2009-08-21 07:58
"We do not desire oil irrationally" — by Sandi on Fri, 2009-08-21 07:31
Promethean in his prime — by F L Light on Fri, 2009-08-21 02:32

ARC Press Release: Inclusionary Zoning Excludes Freedom

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2009-08-17 23:27

Inclusionary Zoning Excludes Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2009—A new inclusionary zoning law went into effect in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. It requires housing developments with ten or more units to set aside 8 to 10 percent of their units for low and moderate income residents—in effect, partial rent control.


Safeguarding Afghanis More Important Than American Lives?

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-08-12 21:51

Safeguarding Afghanis More Important Than American Lives?

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 2009--According to the latest reports, the United States suffered a six-fold increase in casualties in the war in Afghanistan last month, versus the same time a year ago.

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Sigh. — by Robert on Thu, 2009-08-13 23:48
Well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2009-08-13 10:32
Lie in it they must — by Sandi on Thu, 2009-08-13 10:03

U.S. Appeasement Continues

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2009-08-11 06:17

U.S. Appeasement Continues

Washington, D.C., August 10, 2009--Secretary of State Clinton, in an interview on Sunday, indicated that the United States has no choice but to engage Iran in negotiations.


Why Are We Moving Toward Socialized Medicine?

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-07-29 23:45

Why Are We Moving Toward Socialized Medicine?

By Yaron Brook

Government intervention in medicine is wrecking American health care. Nearly half of all spending on health care in America is already government spending. Yet President Obama’s “reforms” will only expand that intervention.

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Most Of It Doesn't Work — by 0 on Mon, 2009-08-31 02:04
True, Teryn... — by Ross Elliot on Sat, 2009-08-29 07:33
Just a couple of years ago? I don't think so! — by Rosie on Fri, 2009-08-28 13:19

Ayn Rand Institute Announces $2 Million Fundraising Campaign—the Atlas Shrugged Initiative

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-07-24 22:55

Ayn Rand Institute Announces $2 Million Fundraising Campaign—the Atlas Shrugged Initiative

IRVINE, CA, July 24, 2009—The Ayn Rand Institute has announced a $2 million fundraising campaign—the Atlas Shrugged Initiative—in an unprecedented effort to increase readership of Ayn Rand’s best-known novel, Atlas Shrugged.


INVITATION: UPCOMING AYN RAND INSTITUTE EVENT—THE ATLAS SHRUGGED REVOLUTION

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-07-23 01:18

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INVITATION: UPCOMING AYN RAND INSTITUTE EVENT—
THE ATLAS SHRUGGED REVOLUTION

While Washington rapidly expands its control over our lives—exacerbating an economic crisis that was caused by government control in the first place—a hopeful countertrend is underway.


The July 4th Tea Parties and Atlas Shrugged

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-07-08 01:00

July 7, 2009

Dear Contributor:


ARI High School Essay Contests Set All-Time Record!

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Sat, 2009-06-20 00:52

ARI High School Essay Contests Set All-Time Record!

We are writing to share with you the following message to donors from Yaron Brook.

Dear Contributor:


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Punishing Google for its Success

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2009-06-08 22:23

Punishing Google for its Success
 
Washington, D.C., June 8, 2009--In an op-ed published last week by Investor’s Business Daily, Alex Epstein, analyst at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, reacted to the Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will increase enforcement of antitrust laws, and argued that the government should leave successful businesses alone to operate as they see fit.

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Not so fast — by Ross Elliot on Tue, 2009-06-09 00:16

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Diplomacy Encourages North Korea’s Belligerence

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-05-28 23:09

Diplomacy Encourages North Korea’s Belligerence

Washington, D.C., May 28, 2009--In reaction to North Korea’s explosion of what appears to have been a nuclear device and its launching of long-range missiles, Elan Journo, fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, said America should stop appeasing North Korea’s dictatorial regime and face up to the enormous threat it poses.


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ARI Free Books to Teachers Program Shatters Record

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-05-14 00:44

   
ARI Free Books to Teachers Program Shatters Record

We are writing to share with you the following message to donors from Yaron Brook.

Dear Contributor:

Since the first of the year, you’ve read a great deal about the work that ARI has done—primarily through the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights—to bring public attention to the economic and political problems facing our country.


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Atlas Shrugged Triples in Sales

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Tue, 2009-05-12 22:05

Atlas Shrugged Triples in Sales

Irvine, CA, May 12, 2009--Reports from trade sources indicate that consumer purchases of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged have tripled in the first four months of 2009 compared to the first four months of 2008.

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I gave it a B — by Laure Chipman on Wed, 2009-05-13 05:42
LOL — by Jeff Perren on Wed, 2009-05-13 04:20
But wait 10 years and see if — by jeffrey smith on Wed, 2009-05-13 03:47

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ARC Press Release: CO2 Restrictions Threaten Human Life

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-04-30 22:20

CO2 Restrictions Threaten Human Life

Washington, D.C., April 30, 2009--The Environmental Protection Agency’s “finding” that carbon dioxide emissions endanger “the health and welfare of current and future generations” is absurd, said Alex Epstein, analyst at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.

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No power — by 0 on Sun, 2009-05-03 19:23
Cold Fusion — by Jeff Perren on Sun, 2009-05-03 03:43
Jeff Perren — by jeffrey smith on Sun, 2009-05-03 00:37

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ARC Press Release: The Supreme Court Abets the FCC’s War on Free Speech

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Wed, 2009-04-29 00:04

The Supreme Court Abets the FCC’s War on Free Speech

Washington, D.C., April 28, 2009--Today the Supreme Court ruled in FCC v. Fox that the FCC can continue to fine broadcasters for “fleeting expletives.” According to Don Watkins, a writer for the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights:


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ARC Press Release: Pakistan’s Surrender to the Taliban

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Thu, 2009-04-23 22:45

Pakistan’s Surrender to the Taliban

Washington, D.C., April 23, 2009--In reaction to the Pakistani government’s decision to give Islamists the power to enforce sharia (Islamic law) in the north of the country, Elan Journo, fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, warned that all of Pakistan is at risk of falling under Islamic rule.


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ARC Op-Ed: Mob Rule Comes to Washington

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Mon, 2009-04-06 22:11

Mob Rule Comes to Washington

By Peter Schwartz

In dealing with AIG, why are people pussyfooting around? They believe that the bonus money was stolen from the public and must be retrieved by any means possible. So why not bypass the niceties and just send in some well-armed “enforcers” to confiscate the bonus recipients’ cars and houses and bank accounts? 

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Fair enough — by atlascott on Wed, 2009-04-08 02:08
Yes I remember... — by Marcus on Tue, 2009-04-07 19:31
The entire mess would have been averted — by atlascott on Tue, 2009-04-07 18:58

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Atlas Shrugged #1 on Amazon's Bestseller List

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Submitted by Ayn Rand Center on Fri, 2009-03-27 22:01

The Ayn Rand Center is pleased to announce that Atlas Shrugged, which ranked #3 in the U.S. Literature and Fiction category merely a week ago, has now climbed to #1!

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Kaiwai — by seddon on Tue, 2009-04-07 12:07
Ross — by seddon on Tue, 2009-04-07 11:56
Nope, you can comment on the — by kaiwai on Sun, 2009-03-29 22:56

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