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What Would Ayn Rand Think About Americanism Today?

Seventy years ago Ayn Rand, thankful for finding refuge in the United States from the totalitarian Soviet Union, wrote a short essay series

Jun 30, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
5 Mins
Are Pre-School Grad Celebrations Going Too Far?

When I was a kid, celebrations of birthdays and other personal milestones were modest. Family, a few friends, a few gifts, fun. But now I

Jun 13, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
5 Mins
Memorial Day: Honoring Warriors and Stopping Wars

On Memorial Day, Americans honor those who died in their country’s wars. But the key to stopping deaths in wars—and the wars that regimes

May 27, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
5 Mins
How to Celebrate “Be a Millionaire Day”

I don’t know who determined that May 20 should be “Be a Millionaire Day,” though it is a good idea. I do know that most people’s ideologies

May 20, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
3 Mins
Ayn Rand’s Thoughts on Israel

On the anniversary of Israel's founding on May 14 1948, we can turn to Ayn Rand for insights about why such an economically successful......

May 12, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
4 Mins
Earth Day’s Subtle Pollution

On the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, my high school class traveled to the Mall in D.C. to mark the occasion. Me? I skipped the trip

Apr 21, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
4 Mins
Yuri’s Night Out: Celebrating 55 Years of Humans in Space

Space enthusiasts mark April 12th as “Yuri’s Night Out,” a celebration of the first human in space: Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth in 1961..

Apr 11, 2016
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Edward Hudgins
4 Mins
The Robots of Labor Day

Robots are special types of machines. They’re programmed electro-mechanical devices that perform various physical functions, ideally better

Sep 2, 2015
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Edward Hudgins
5 Mins
Is Taxation Slavery? Reflections on Passover and Tax Time

Passover—the only Jewish holiday I’ve honored throughout my decades as an atheist —celebrates the mythic liberation of my ancestors from....

Apr 14, 2014
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Alexander R. Cohen
2 Mins
A 2014 New Year's Wish

A new year is usually a time when we recommit ourselves to making a difference in our own lives, when we reflect on our past achievements...

Dec 31, 2013
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Edward Hudgins
3 Mins
Happy Holidays and the Synergy of the Season

As we approach the end of the year, I hope all of you are in a holiday mood. I certainly am!

Dec 23, 2013
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Edward Hudgins
2 Mins
Friday the 13th and the Evil Demon

It's Friday the 13th this week. Do you think it might be an unlucky day? If so, it's worth considering what else would have to be the case

Dec 10, 2013
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2 Mins
Give Thanks to Google

This Thanksgiving, take a moment to thank one of the greatest benefactors in your life: the entity who shows you the way so that you don’t

Nov 21, 2012
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4 Mins
The Four C's of Christmas

The revelries of the December holiday season inevitably are accompanied by sober inquiries about the “true” meaning of Christmas and, too of

Dec 21, 2011
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Edward Hudgins
8 Mins
Light Bulb Day: Celebrate Reason and Invention

Winter 2011 issue -- Shouldn’t all parents want to raise their kids to think well? But if you ask most parents what that means or how they

Dec 21, 2011
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Debra Ross
6 Mins
Of Catalogs and Consumption

The Christmas catalogs start arriving in September, a trickle that becomes a flood by Thanksgiving. They pile up in colorful drifts until it

Dec 20, 2011
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David Kelley
5 Mins
Whom Should We Thank?

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..

May 31, 2011
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2 Mins
Scared of Halloween

Halloween has its origins in superstition, and, sadly, it invokes old and new superstitions still. Halloween, from "All Hallows Eve," was...

Apr 4, 2010
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Edward Hudgins
3 Mins
The Human Spirit of Christmas

The holiday season is a time for spiritual reflection, celebration, and frenzied commerce. These activities might seem incompatible. They

Apr 4, 2010
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Edward Hudgins
3 Mins
Goodwill Toward Men

December 17, 2004 -- Christmas is a season of beautiful lights, parties, gifts, food, family, friends, songs, and sentiments. Among the

Mar 19, 2010
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Edward Hudgins
3 Mins
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