Working class families readily put these values into practice and improved their lives and their communities. The evidence is overwhelming – quality of life rose, fertility rates and population increased, illegitimacy and crime rates fell, and sanitation and health care systems improved. Coincidental to this was the emergence of an impressive network of privately organized social safety nets for people who were unable help themselves.
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
Because the Manifesto features twelve behaviors and philosophical principles, twelve individuals have been selected who are exponents for the value system that drives their heightened sense of reality
Kiesler’s secret communication system allowed multiple signals to share the same spectrum without interference. Thanks to deregulation and the resulting invention of the microchip, it is now fundamental to cell phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the new sharing economy of companies like Uber, Airbnb, and thousands of media outlets.
Intellectuals continue to disavow the connection between socialism in theory and the unimaginably evil communist regimes in practice. At the same time, they loudly decry the fault of our society. One that in practice, has raised human beings to a dignified free life protected as never before from hopelessness before nature and men.
The fourth grade students interviewed in the original 1979 60 Minutes feature were asked who their favorite authors were. Some of the answers were Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Chaucer, or Kipling. One learning method was Socratic dialogue, and years later Collins explained that since they’re great at memorizing rap lyrics, Plato becomes easy. Many went on to wonderful careers in law, medicine, business, and education.
Almost no one understands or appreciates the spontaneous order and emergent nature of complex economic systems. At the same time, government economic planners and progressive public policy think tanks deny it exists. It would make them irrelevant. Fortunately for enlightened civilization, Russ Roberts is hastening their irrelevance.
William Bradford’s epiphany was the triumph of capitalism over collectivism, and it completes the chain reaction – freedom, responsibility, self government, capitalism, abundance, and enjoyment. Tomorrow is the day for Americans of all nationalities to enjoy the people they value, take pleasure in the banquet afforded by their enterprise, and be grateful for humanity’s newly discovered lives of reason, purpose, and pride.
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.
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.
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