Atlas Shrugged “offers the world in a nutshell and sketches an instruction booklet for those interested in making their own nutshells.”
“Critics…view the philosophy with a certain detachment, but they cannot come to terms with the sense of life which exudes from every page.”
“To be successful, Rothbard stressed, we need not only undergo what he called the “baptism of intellect,” but the “baptism of will” as well.”
“Libertarians are the only revolutionaries whose victory…will usher in an age of free men and women living their own lives as they choose.”
“How much longer do the people of New York intend to suffer such liars?”
“We alone have the wisdom and honesty to…declare that the only way to reduce the size of government is to cut back on its functions.”
Hydra prognosticks ruin to our state | And that our Kingdom will grow desolate; | But if one head thence be taken away | The Body and the members will decay.
“Fels proclaimed that true modern poetry was idealist, classical, innovative and humanist and needed to participate fully in contemporary life.”
A review of Herman Melville’s probes into Jacksonian America’s existential crisis.
Melville reflected literary Young America’s hopes that a culture of republicanism and democracy could serve all individuals.
“Mandeville openly delighted in trade and demonstrated the public benefits of such private so-called “vices” as luxury and money-making.”
“Rousseau neglects to recognize how women have been warped and limited by [their respective] socialization and cultural context[s].”
“Hobbes saw the nature of man as a selfishly individualistic animal at constant war with all other men.”
“Priestley died in Pennsylvania in 1804, having throughout his life professed freedom in science, religion, and politics.”
“Gorton returned to America and War-wick, bringing with him the radical unrest of the English Civil War.”
“Locke interpreted revelation and the Bible not as divine, but as human things.”
“Locke made extensive use of efficiency arguments in his economic and political writings because he valued wealth and economic growth as important human goals.”