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.

The Multifront Attack on Business Hero Elon Musk

The attacks on Elon Musk seem like something straight out of an Ayn Rand novel. The successful and innovative entrepreneur is attacked on all sides by institutions and people who live off the system rather than innovate around and beyond it. 

Review of Free Market Revolution

How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins

How To Celebrate Ayn Rand’s Birthday

February 2nd is the birthday of Ayn Rand, the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand developed and defended Objectivism, a philosophy that advocates “rational selfishness.”

Re-Importing Cheap Pharmaceuticals

The Ayn Rand Institute recently issued a very good press release attacking a bill passed by the House of Representatives that seeks to give Americans the "right" to re-import prescription drugs from countries, such as Canada, where they are sold more cheaply due to...

The Battle of Our Era

We are engaged in a vast battle to defend scientific, industrial civilization against irrationalism. Whether the enemy bombs the World Trade Center, abortion clinics, logging equipment, or medical research labs, the target is the same: reason--the use of reason to...

Guantanamo and the Geneva Convention

I oppose any pretense at such a thing as "international law." The concept of "law" implies governmental enforcement. Where there is no government, such as between nations, there can be no law. This is all the more true when nations are at war. War is an attempt to...

The Pope vs. Islam

The Pope vs. Islam

The Muslim world is storming in violent outrage against the Pope's recent quoting of a 14th Century emperor of the Byzantine Empire. A NY Times editorial says: "The pope quoted the emperor saying, 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will...

The Solution to Ilegal Immigration

The Solution to Ilegal Immigration

I didn't hear the President's immigration speech, but I must comment on one paragraph I've read:   "We're a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws. We're also a nation of immigrants, and we must uphold that tradition, which has strengthened our country in...

Gas Prices and Bush’s “Appeasenomics”

At even $3.50 a gallon, gas is no more expensive now than in the 1950s, when it was in the range of 20 to 30 cents a gallon. Not if you use the Binswanger deflator of 15-fold to 20-fold. Nonetheless, we would expect gas to be considerably cheaper, like almost every...

Court Victory Against “Intelligent Design”

There was a significant defeat for the whole Intelligent Disguise--excuse me, Intelligent Design (ID)--movement today, when a Harrisburg, PA judge ruled against its being taught in the schools of a local school district. CNN reports: HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (CNN) --...

Bush and Russia

President Bush is in Russia to participate (wrongly) in Monday's Red Square celebration of the 60th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis. The good news is that Bush just made an anti-Soviet speech in Latvia. As the NY Times reported on Sunday, Bush "had said only...

Bush’s Speech on Freedom

This past Tuesday, President Bush gave an important, and generally excellent, speech on our foreign policy re the middle east. He reiterated, and further explained, his Forward Strategy of Freedom.The highlight of the speech was this remarkable passage, strategically...

Vote for President Bush

At this late date, after the three debates, the nature of this campaign is set, and the meaning of this election has come into focus for me. The meaning is: independence vs. dependence. The Bush policies favor America retaining its sovereignty--cooperating with allies...

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