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William R Thomas
Winter 2011 issue -- Did Jane Austen approve of slavery? In her novel Mansfield Park, published in 1814, the wealthy pater-familias Thomas Bertram is mostly absent, because he is off tending to his plantation on Antigua—where the fields would have been worked by African slaves. Yet, when he is mentioned, and again once he returns to his home, he is a positive and respected figure. Slavery isn’t a problem in the novel. His slave-holding leaves no more moral stain than does his bank account.
Sidebar article to: "Goddess Undeified", a review of Jennifer Burns's Goddess of the Market
The New Individualist’s founding editor David Kelley gets a characteristically fact-based and sympathetic treatment from Jennifer Burns in the epilogue to Goddess of the Market. She discusses, inter alia, the development of the Objectivist movement after Rand’s death, in which David Kelley has played a crucial role. Two excerpts:
Summer 2011 issue -- How can we judge how we are doing in life? Most people look to society as a guage. For example, we might look to our pay and our prestige at work to determine what we’re worth. But in an economic crisis, prices gyrate, jobs evaporate, and home values drift down. Amid such wrenching changes, many of us are flailing about mentally to know where we stand and how we stack up. How can we tell what really matters?