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.
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
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.
Non-political approaches do not require the fatal rigidities of law, the vision of helplessness and dependency, the demonization of those who think otherwise, or the polarization of society. Rather, they take the form of creating economic circumstances in which individuals themselves can find life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Bastiat’s greatest contribution is that he took the discourse out of the ivory tower and made ideas on liberty so clear that even the unlettered can understand them and statist’s cannot obfuscate them. Clarity is crucial to the moral superiority of personal liberty.
Before 1870, only the rich could afford whale oil and candles. With the drop in the price of kerosene, working-class people all over the nation could afford the one cent an hour that it cost to light their homes at night. Working and reading became after-dark activities new to most Americans.
While the printing press was changing the world, printed music was new because it was more difficult to create. Also, mass produced pianos were taking hold, and Beethoven saw the possibilities for being the first software publisher for this new hardware. As first mover to reach mass audiences, Beethoven stumbled across an abstract concept that had not yet been named: capitalism. For the first time in history, large swaths of humanity would soon enjoy the comforts previously reserved for royal court.
The most important economic effect of population growth is the contribution of additional people to our stock of knowledge. This contribution is more than large enough to overcome the costs of population growth. The problem is not too many people, but lack of political and economic freedom. Profit is the only route to sustainability, it is up to entrepreneurs to save the world.
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