Harry Binswanger

Dr. Binswanger, a longtime associate of Ayn Rand, is an professor of philosophy at the Objectivist Academic Center of the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the author of How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation and is the creator of The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z. Dr. Binswanger blogs at HBLetter.com (HBL)--an email list for Objectivists for discussing philosophic and cultural issues. A free trial is available at: HBLetter.com.

Slavery Did Not Benefit “Whites”

The truth is that, aside from the plantation owners (a tiny minority), the white population of the South was hurt by slavery—kept poor by it—rather than enriched.

Obama's Speech to Congress

President Obama began his speech to Congress by saying: “The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy.” In other words, “You oppose me because you...

Books: I Am John Galt

?This newly released book is by Donald Luskin and Andrew Greta. Mr. Luskin is Chief Investment Officer of an investment strategy company, TrendMacro. He's also well known as an author and a commentator on CNBC. He has recently had several op-eds published in the Wall...

A Philosopher Reflects on the Giffords Shooting

The shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, though a terrible tragedy, is not of historic significance. More significant is the efforts of the Left to blame this on the Right, particularly the Tea Party movement. The absurdity of these attempts is obvious, and...

Stupid and Stingy: How the Left and Right See Each Other

The Left "explains" the Right's attachment to its ideas as being due to stupidity. The Right "explains" the Left's attachment to its ideas as being due to personal evil.Example of Leftist "explanations" of the Right: at a party, shortly after the failure of American...

The Tea Party Movement

Take a step back and look what's going on. Last year, Rick Santelli, a Chicago trader who does reports for CNBC did "The Rant Heard Round the World," in which he said, among many good things: "I'm thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July....

A Free Press: Run By The Government

Our only hope for saving America from accelerating tyranny is freedom of speech. In the light of that, it was frightening to read an opinion piece in the July 14th edition of the Wall St. Journal. Its author is Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, home...

Justice for Goldman Sachs

Yet another injustice towards Goldman Sachs is circulating on the web. It's the publication of the fact that Goldman Sachs has financially supported Democrats over Republicans. The implicit or explicit conclusion is that Goldman is buying pull. Some bloggers have said...

The Left's Double Standard Against The Tea Party Movement

The Left is now attacking the Tea Party movement as being violent. The only thing violent in that movement is my anger at this charge. How dare the Left, steeped in a long bloody record of violence, make this claim? The public's memory may be short, but mine isn't. I...

Obama’s Big Speech for Socialized Medicine

The Great Prevaricator spoke again on Wednesday, attempting to return us to tribal morality and tribal medicine. The speech was smoothly delivered, but extremely evasive and dishonest. For instance, just as one small thing, I came away from the speech thinking he was...

Ayn Rand Answers

Rather belatedly, I've just finished reading Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of her Q & A, edited by Robert Mayhew. It's a superb collection, and I want to re-read it soon. In reading it, I was wondering how impressed a non-Objectivist reader might be--and certainly should...

David Brooks — A Modern Day Peter Keating

To plumb the depths at the NY Times: I think David Brooks is worse than Paul Krugman. Krugman is a cynical deceiver, who distorts every fact to fit his lust for dictatorship. Brooks, who represents the worst strain of conservatism, actually believes his views, and...

The “Economic Stimulus” Myth

There's no such thing as a "stimulus" to the economy. The closest you could get to that in reality would be a retrenchment of government controls and looting: de-regulation and spending cuts. But even those are not "stimuli" but a lessening of destruction. If I'm...

Alan Greenspan vs. Ayn Rand and Freedom

The connection of Alan Greenspan to Ayn Rand, decades ago, is being used to blacken her name and her ideas.   This from the Leftist "Mother Jones" publication is one of the milder expressions: "In a historic moment, former Fed chair Alan Greenspan acknowledged he...

Fresh Start Conservatism

David Brooks is the columnist who passes for a pro-capitalist on the New York Times. A column by Mr. Brooks on February 15th is so utterly wrong, in so many different directions that I'd like to--but can't--believe it was written while he was "tripping" on LSD. His...

William F. Buckley, Jr.: The Witch-Doctor is Dead

William F. Buckley, Jr. is finally dead. Buckley was the man who initiated and sustained the movement to bring religion into the conservative movement. His first book was "God and Man at Yale," which I haven't read or looked at, but which is said to have criticized...

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