Tara Smith

Tara Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, is a contributing writer for the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, CA. The Institute promotes the ideas of Ayn Rand--best-selling author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead and originator of the philosophy of Objectivism.

The Need for an Active Supreme Court Justice

As the battle over John Roberts' Supreme Court confirmation begins, the one widely agreed upon measure of qualification is that he not be a "judicial activist." While conservatives have long railed against "activist" judges "making" law by legislating from the bench,...

Justice and Self-Defense: On a Military Response to Terrorist Attacks

The case for large-scale, decisive US military action in response to the Sept. 11th massacres is two-fold: justice and self-defense. Justice consists of treating people as they deserve. It is exercised by rewarding and encouraging the good in others and by punishing...


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