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Archive for December 5th, 2008

Ayn Rand, bestselling and controversial author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, and founder of the Objectivist philosophy made a rare appearance on Phil Donahue’s show in the 1970s. Rand is in her 70s during this interview, which happens shortly after her husband Frank O’ Connor’s death.

The discourse between Donahue and Rand illustrates some of the controversial insights of Objectivism, among other things: why sacrifice and altruism are evil, and rational self-interest is the highest good. Donahue also poses interesting criticisms of Rand’s view and her replies are both insightful and entertaining at the same time.

Get a taste of Ayn Rand’s view of rational self-interest from a film adaptation of Rand’s bestseller: The Fountainhead: (more…)

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This feature from the History Channel relates the story of the library at Alexandria, one of the great wonders of the ancient world. From the founding of the city of Alexandria by Alexander the Great as the center of learning to its destruction by fanatical mob, the story of the library is a fascinating history of how philosophy, science, and religion mixed and clashed in the ancient world.

The fate of the library is both an inspiration and a cautionary tale for critical thinkers everywhere.

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We’ve featured Europac President Peter Schiff’s insights here before and this clip from an interview in CNN isn’t much different, except for how it suspiciously ends. Watch.

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