In one century, human energy has created an entirely dynamic world, constantly changing under the drive of terrific, incalculable energy. What explains this? What explains the effectiveness of any kind of energy ? Nothing but the existence of conditions which permit that energy to operate naturally. Only the protection of men’s rights can keep their natural freedom operating on this earth.
About Mark Shupe
Mark Shupe is a contributing author at Center for Individualism. He is also an investment strategy advisor and fitness instructor. Mark studied economics and finance at the University of Notre Dame. His writing passion includes the history of Western Civilization, the moral case for Capitalism, and the promise of Individualism.
Entries by Mark Shupe
For many people in the United States, the fall of the Berlin Wall was a ho-hum events. For America’s intelligentsia and their ignorati, Reagan was still a doofus B movie actor and socialism was the dominant philosophy of America’s national media and universities. Josef Stalin’s Great Terror was not taught in schools, and neither was Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.
Harper Lee’s masterpiece was an enlightening study of human nature. Her characterization of Finch illustrated the classical liberal values of self-reliance, compassion, tolerance, justice, and most of all, the essential role of a loving, dedicated father in the life of a child. Yet, there were very few examples of fatherly affection or life lessons in the play – the children were played by young adults.
Like a great artist integrates abstract concepts into a philosophical theme, Clint Eastwood delivered a complex assortment of characters, each wrestling with conflicting moral choices, and all operating in an environment of fear. For the moviegoer, it challenges everything we thought we knew about the heroes and villains of the Wild West.
The use of fossil fuels in our modern era coincides with a massive increase in life expectancy and population, cleaner water and air, and increasing oil, natural gas, and food production. The dirty environment of food bacteria, poisonous plants, and rodent infestation have largely been solved. This frees time to be more productive and enjoy recreation, family, education, travel and the arts.
The fallacies of the diversity movement that permeate all of college life is stunning, and the fees they charge for this crime are obscene. College should be a glorious opportunity for learning and inspiriation. In fact, we live in the most open and tolerant society for self-creation the world has ever known. Yet, the academic obsession with identity is ironic, since its deconstruction roots lie in a philosophy that denied the very existence of the self.
In 2010 the bourgeoisie fought back. A grassroots movement, mostly consisting of people who are not politically active, became fed-up with ever growing government power and debt. Local Tea Party groups organized themselves all of the country and found a champion with a massive audience and political influence in Rush Limbaugh.
Hazlitt’s greatest asset was a highly trained mind, one that he developed on his own. He summarized his work as “I’ve been preaching liberty as against coercion; I’ve been preaching capitalism as against socialism; and I’ve been preaching this doctrine in every form and with any excuse,” and his fellow freedom fighters are some of the most prolific thinkers, authors, economists and activists of the 20th century.
John Scotus was the brightest star among the invading army of Irish monks (but a layman himself) who were armed only with their books. They seemed to be everywhere, and according to Charlemagne biographer and servant Einhard, “he loved the wandering monks.”
He knew despair as well as anyone, and he knew redemption even more. He paid it forward with the morality and resources of a successful capitalist. As the novel marvelously illustrates, Valjean had respect and compassion for the aspirations of his employees, customers and strangers.
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