Rowe’s hero is his maternal grandfather who “dropped out of the eighth grade to work. He had to. By the time he was 30, he was a master electrician, plumber, carpenter, mason, mechanic. That guy was, to me, a magician.”
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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.
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The Poetic Justice Warrior Society exists to promote the innate talents, aspirations, and determination all human beings possess. We honor those who go before us, who inspire us with their work ethic and achievements, and who were essential in creating the lives of comfort and opportunity we enjoy today wherever capitalism is practiced. We focus on the economic way of voluntarily serving others through entrepreneurship, which is the process of converting scientific discovery into mass produced inventions that enrich the lives of everyone.
Benjamin Franklin was an inspiration to every strata of society. In the 18th century, it was commonly believed that aristocrats and commoners would live and die as such, but Franklin worked to erase this distinction. He was a commoner who became a wealthy self-made man, who lived a life or reason, purpose, and pride, and fought for all Americans, including the children of slaves, to be able to do the same.
The mass distribution of ideas and the massive increase in human knowledge can be attributed to the invention of the printing press. This was the catalyst for human flourishing after a thousand years of despotism, anarchy, and mysticism. Johannes Gutenberg’s invention launched the Age of Reason and the unleashing of the human mind.
Human Action provided an entirely new and superb structure of correct economic methodology and theory. It is the most important book on economics of the twentieth century and quite possibly the most important book in economics, period.
Perhaps no one in American history has a better claim to the title self-made man than the one who escaped from slavery to become one of the America’s greatest anti-slavery activists, and an author, lecturer, and diplomat. Frederick Douglass never urged black Americans to enlist out of service to their country. They owed the country nothing. To Douglass, the United States owed black Americans the right to fight.
After four months of debate and compromise in the 1787 sweltering heat of Independence Hall, Publius published 77 essays in New York City newspapers to sell Americans on the idea of ratifying the new Constitution. It is the most enduring achievement of the Enlightenment, and under its decentralized structure, it has proven itself to be the example for human flourishing throughout the world.
John Locke had a precise sense of what political freedom means. Natural law dictates that no one can be legitimately subject to the will of another person or group of people. Through reason, Locke proved that no one is born to serve or rule. Legitimate government protects these rights, and is created by the consent of the governed. As the Enlightenment flowered in the 18th century because of modern science and maritime trade, Locke’s sense of natural law was enshrined in America’s Declaration of Independence.
St. Thomas Aquinas combined the classical Greek ideal of reason with the Christian ideal of equality to usher the Catholic Church, and humanity, into the Age of Reason. Metaphorically, he invented water – what we know as the Western ideals of personal liberty, self-reliance, invention, tolerance, and limited government. The ensuing prosperity from human creativity is Poetic Justice.
Ayn Rand is one of the most admired and reviled characters in 20th century literature. Her magnum opus novel, Atlas Shrugged was panned by conservatives and progressives alike, yet it had something for everyone. A strong female lead character, a pollution free motor, heroic characters, good and evil, a love story, and a thriller. It was a manifesto for Man’s right to life, liberty and property – capitalism. A modern epic tale of America’s Declaration of Independence, a prophecy of a dystopian future, and the recipe to avoid what actually happened to her native Russia.
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