Wayne Dunn

Wayne Dunn writes about political and cultural events from an Objectivist perspective.

Making Resolutions Outlast January

As Ayn Rand put it, a value is something you act to gain or keep. A desire without action then is just a wish.

Economics Lesson in a Kit

Who'd have thought an inanimate object could teach a lesson in economics? Yet that's exactly what a first-aid kit did. Several kits, actually, wall-mounted cabinets in the buildings where I work. Now we're not just talking Band-Aids and iodine here. No, these babies...

Christianity’s Contribution to Women

Christianity’s Contribution to Women

American women were baptized into the workforce decades ago. Today they're running their own businesses, launching their own product lines, are managers, directors, VPs and CEOs. That's why the recent Southern Baptist Convention's in-fight over the issue of women in...

Building a Nation that Lasts in Iraq

Pundits say creating a free Iraq means "democratically" divvying up political power among its various religious and ethnic factions. "[We need] to make sure all the different groups get a fair shot," said Senator Trent Lott recently. That just goes to show how far...

“Right”-to-Health-Care Junkies

A "right" to health care is the new opiate of the masses. And politicians are among the biggest pushers. As with most druggies, America started off with the light stuff. It began in the sixties with the marijuana of socialized medicine, Medicare and Medicaid. We were...

Without Selfish Individuals, Nothing

Without Selfish Individuals, Nothing

"Deny self and build community"--the mantra of our age. Preachers praise it. Professors teach it. Many feel tingly at the mere thought of it. But a community is not a god; it's simply a number of individuals. As economist Ludwig von Mises observed, "Even if a chorus...

Humble Pie: A Truly Sinful Dessert

While channel surfing the other day I saw a man telling his daughter to be proud of herself. The next channel had a preacher telling his congregation that pride is a "sin." This little coincidence perfectly illustrates our culture's schizophrenia regarding pride. On...

Bush vs. Jesus

President Bush makes no bones about his Christianity-- or his seriousness regarding war with Iraq (though Saddam's head should have long ago been stuffed and mounted in the Oval Office). That, however, disturbs Christians of the more tiptoe-through-the-tulips variety....

The Mystical, Magical “Economy”

Many speak of "the economy" as if it were some mystical god we exist to serve: Tax cuts for the rich won't help "the economy." Will that plan boost "the economy?" A nation's economy is not a cause but an effect: the effect of the productive activities of a multitude...

Capitalism is the Best Medicine

Capitalism is the Best Medicine

This past campaign season, Democrats such as Missouri's Jean Carnahan ran spots bashing pharmaceutical companies for advertising prescription drugs and "passing the cost on to seniors." While this argument wasn't the shot in the arm Democrats hoped-- Carnahan...

The Islam Twist

"Suicide bombers twist true Islam." So goes Muslim apologists' standard song and dance. Well, let's test their theory out with a little dance of our own, one I call the "Islam Twist." Here's how it's done. First we identify an essential tenet of Islam. Then we twist...

What Would Jesus Drive?

A group of Evangelicals claims a hazard lies in the road ahead. Is their concern radical Islam, you may wonder? Violent crime, you may ask? Smothering taxation, you may guess? No, these Christians got wrapped around the axle about the sinister sport-utility vehicle,...

Defending the rights of John Q — Dr. John Q

John Q -- a propaganda flick about an uninsured worker who forces doctors at gunpoint to treat his son -- has reinvigorated the widespread misconception that health care should be a "right." But believers in such a notion, and the politicians that pander to them,...

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