A Tribute to Carl Barney

A Tribute to Carl Barney

I wrote a book about the nature of heroism.  I know a hero when I see one.  Carl Barney is a hero. Full disclosures:  Carl has been a friend for thirty years; he funded the Ayn Rand Institute, which hired me to perform multiple intellectual tasks; he helps fund the...
Heroes and Villains in American Education

Heroes and Villains in American Education

Author’s note: This essay was originally published in The Objective Standard.   American education is a catastrophe. The evidence supporting this conclusion is overwhelming and has been for decades. For example, a December 2016 article in The Atlantic reported...
The Left Pushes America Toward Race War

The Left Pushes America Toward Race War

  Basic Political Principles The situation in American politics is dangerous and getting worse. To fully appreciate the dangers, we need to rigorously define our terms.  Terms like “left” and “right” are spatial metaphors with no literal...
The Truth About Climate Change

The Truth About Climate Change

Introduction Climate change is real and persistent. Even a brief study of the recent past illustrates this, but it becomes all the more certain when one broadens the scope to take in the vast sweep of geologic time. Is nature’s inherent dynamism responsible for the...