The Profitability of Morality

September 22nd, 2010

By Brianna Aubin They say that morality is unprofitable, and profitability immoral.  But is it actually true?  Look at the story of two banks, one which adhered to an inflexible moral code and another which chased the almighty dollar, and check your premises for yourself: One bank, chaired by an individual with a deep moral code, […]

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The Lesson of Hank Rearden

September 15th, 2010

By Brianna Aubin In Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, the character Hank Rearden was a supremely moral man whose faults sprang from his conflicts with the destructive moral code of his enemies, and an inability to understand the nature and purpose of those enemies.  In Atlas, Rand literally cast the enemies of Rearden (and the other heroes of the novel) as […]

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Would Rand Be Drinking Tea?

April 29th, 2010

By Brianna Aubin Since the start of the Tea Party movement with Rick Santelli’s “Shout Heard Round the World,” Ayn Rand has been a prominent factor in the Tea Party movement.  This factor started with Santelli himself, who called himself an “Ayn Rander,” and with an editorial in the Wall Street Journal in January 2009 […]

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Why I Write

March 18th, 2010

By Brianna Aubin Last summer, I entered a period of intellectual transition. No, it wasn’t over health care and it wasn’t over politics.  Ironically enough, this period began completely by accident and had absolutely nothing to do with anything going on in the world today.  In essence, what happened was that I was talking to […]

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The Pressure Group Plan

January 17th, 2010

By Brianna Aubin In Ayn Rand’s We the Living, one of the ways in which Rand points out that health care in Communist countries is really free only in theory is when she details the desperate search of her main characters Kira and Leo for help with Leo’s incipient tuberculosis: In the first State hospital [Kira] […]

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