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This month's "Achievers" column begins to redeem the promise made on the inside back cover of the December 1999 Navigator. There, under the headline "We're Celebrating Year 250," I wrote: "At The Atlas Society''s fall conference, both David Kelley and Robert Bidinotto remarked on the need to create, justify, and dramatize an ideal that will counter the pastoral ideal shared equally by our classical heritage and the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
November 22, 2004 -- If one looks upon Thanksgiving as a harvest festival, then it can also be seen as a celebration of producers. But the name must give us pause. Which producers should we thank? Ourselves? After all, one might argue, if we are self-supporting adults, then all accounts between ourselves and other producers are balanced by trade, with no remaining debt to others that needs to be paid in the form of thanks or gratitude.
August 30, 2002 -- Objectivism distinguishes between errors of ignorance and errors of morality, and libertarianism distinguishes between immorality and crime. As a result, Objectivists exercise moral toleration toward those whose ideas are innocently mistaken and political toleration toward those whose immoralities are non-coercive.
May 31, 2003 -- Virtually all Americans over the age of thirty bear the faded remnant of a distinctive childhood scar. It does not represent some bizarre ritual formerly practiced in the United States, like tattooing or body piercing. On the contrary, it symbolizes benevolence and reason, for it is the scar left by a smallpox vaccination and as such represents the life-saving medical discovery of the scientist Edward Jenner (born May 17, 1749).
October 2004 -- Americans typically measure their freedom by looking backward or forward—backward to the early republic or forward to their ideal republic. But another useful gauge is obtained by looking outward—to the world's other republics, and to its non-republics as well. That is, we may ask, in the spirit of international sports competitions, how well does America do in its pursuit of freedom, when compared with other countries?
Fortunately, three publications make that easy to determine.