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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A Moving Experience

December 24th, 2008

After 30 years in the same town, I’m moving on. But it’s not easy uprooting the threads and memories that make a hometown. I first saw Montclair one snowy day in 1978. My wife wanted to show me a sprawling Victorian house for sale in a spectacular town. We decided on the spot to move […]


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The Blue Danube

December 17th, 2008

I lived within sight of the Danube River for a long time, mostly in Budapest and Belgrade.  This powerful, historic river slices through the heart of Europe, from its source in Germany, through Austria, between Slovakia and Hungary, then straight south through Hungary, between Serbia and Croatia, through Serbia, between Serbia and Romania, and east […]


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The Kinich Ahau Index

December 3rd, 2008

  Here’s an interesting take from Ruben Bolling on the economic crisis.  I guess it illustrates that the more things change, the more they remain the same.  Or maybe, as George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  One the other hand, we’re still trying to figure out what […]


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Football Fanatics

November 26th, 2008

One of the things I’ve missed living in Europe is American football, particularly the NFL. You have to say “American football” because “football” in Europe and almost all the rest of the world means “soccer” in American parlance.


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