Robert W Tracinski

Robert Tracinski was a senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute from 2000 to 2004. The Institute promotes the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Mr. Tracinski is editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist and TIADaily, which offer daily news and analysis from a pro-reason, pro-individualist perspective. To receive a free 30-day trial of the TIA Daily and a FREE pdf issue of the Intellectual Activist please go to TIADaily.com and enter your email address.

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

Time to Fight the Real War

Four and a half years after September 11--which was supposed to awaken us to the threat of devastating attacks by state-sponsored terrorists--America is finally beginning to confront the world's largest and most dangerous state sponsor of terrorism: the Islamic...

America’s Field of Blackbirds

Does anyone remember the Field of the Blackbirds? It was in the news quite frequently about a year ago, back when people were still paying attention to the mess in Kosovo. The Field of the Blackbirds is the battlefield where a Serbian army was defeated by the Ottoman...

Where is the Future?

Where are the flying cars?It is now 2001, and for those of us who insist on technicalities, this is the real, official beginning of the 21st century. So I want to know: Where is the future predicted for us by science fiction writers -- you know, the future of flying...

How the Greenspan Stole Christmas

A cloud is hanging over this year's Christmas season: the cloud of recession. You can see it in weak Christmas shopping sales and the desperate deals being offered by car makers. You can see it in the words of a shopper interviewed on television, who explained her...

Back to the Land of the Bromide

While the election crisis was still upon us, I hated it as much as anyone else. As a columnist, I probably hated it more. How do you write about politics when the news reverses direction every two hours? But now that it's all over, I'm getting downright nostalgic...

Where are the Bloodhounds?

Is the media coverage of the election fiasco biased in favor of Gore? Many small instances of bias show up in reporters' choice of words. When Democrats take to the streets, for example, they are always described as "demonstrators" or "protesters" -- but Republican...

The Democrats “World of Non-A”

The Democrats “World of Non-A”

Two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle named one of the basic rules of reality: "A is A." Reality is what it is. Contradictions cannot exist. This rule came to be known as the Law of Identity. Early in the 20th century, another philosopher tried to...

It Depends On What The Meaning Of The Word “Vote” Is

There used to be a half-joking, half-cynical saying on Capitol Hill: "reality is negotiable." It stood for the idea that there is no fact that can't be spun out of existence, and no number so absolute that you can't doctor it off the books. That phrase has since...

The Two Americas

The vote last Tuesday wasn't even close. I know what you're thinking. If you look at the national totals, the electoral college count, and the chaos in Florida, this election is probably the closest in history. But look at it again, state by state, precinct by...

Gore’s Disastrous Green Agenda

Gore’s Disastrous Green Agenda

On Friday, Al Gore declared that "prosperity is on the ballot" and described himself as "the right ... choice to keep it going." But those who are watching his campaign more closely just got a reminder of who the real Al Gore is: an environmental zealot out to shut...

Why Justice Will Not Prevail

At a memorial service for the sailors killed in the terrorist attack on the USS Cole, President Clinton declared, in the tone of intense emotional sincerity he is so practiced at faking, that "justice will prevail." It was a cruel lie to tell to the sailors' mourning...

Bush Abdicates Leadership on Prescription Drugs

If you want to know why the Bush campaign is foundering, you don't need to look any farther than last week's battle (week of September 4th, 2000) over prescription drugs. Proving that the era of big government is far from over, Al Gore has proposed a $253 billion...

The Censorship Smokescreen

The Censorship Smokescreen

For the past week, our politicians have been busy constructing the foundations of censorship in America. And worse: They have been doing so unanimously. Censorship is being promoted across the political and cultural spectrum, from Al Gore and Joe Lieberman to John...

A Season of Trivialities

What an exciting election season. Just think of the campaign issues everyone's talking about. Al Gore gave his wife a long smooch at the Democratic convention; will this endear him to suburban women? George W. got in trouble when he called a reporter an unpleasant...

Al Gore’s Money Grab

Whose money is it?In a muddled political contest, where there is no basic disagreement on prescription drugs, education, or even foreign policy, the biggest issue might be: Which candidate, if any, thinks you have a right to your own money?Al Gore's answer is clear:...

China’s Gymnastic Gulag

I always enjoy watching the Olympic games. I enjoy the stories of the athletes' determination, the hard work and mental focus they devote to reaching their goals. But this year, that enjoyment has been marred by a disturbing note. During the first week of coverage...

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