Monthly Archives: October 2012

Defending Ideology

Defending Ideology Tibor R. Machan It is very common among intellectuals in our time to demean ideology. Thus if one supports, say, free trade with foreign firms, one is belittled for doing so on grounds of one’s conviction that free … Continue reading

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Obama and Ayn Rand

Obama and Ayn Rand Tibor R. Machan In a recent interview in Rolling Stone (November 8th, 2012) magazine President Obama was asked about what he thinks of Republican VP Candidate Paul Ryan’s (admittedly limited) respect for Russian-American novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand. … Continue reading

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It’s All About Choices, Stupid

It’s All About Choices, Stupid Tibor R. Machan There is a phony conflict afoot that statists are fond of bringing up when they try to discredit the free society. It is about the individual versus the community. Champions of human … Continue reading

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American Statism

American Statism Tibor R. Machan William H. Gass is one of the cheerleaders of American statism and he has done his fair share of work in support of the near total state (having done stints at the White House, if … Continue reading

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Another try at voiding our basic rights

Another Effort to Void Our Basic Rights Tibor R. Machan* In this short essay I address an argument concerning welfare rights made against the late Robert Nozick by Adrian Bardon a while back.[i] Bardon brings up an issue that’s central … Continue reading

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Socialism as Elitism

Machan’s Archives: A Note on Socialism as Elitism* Tibor R. Machan Since ancient times some people have considered the market place an unruly forum in which to determine whose work and what commodities are worth how much. With Marxism this … Continue reading

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Capitalism, Socialism & Human Dignity

Capitalism, Socialism & Human Dignity* Tibor R. Machan Capitalism means human individual freedom, especially in the sphere of striving to become prosperous. To defend the system is a challenge because of its ties to individualism, even ethical egoism. For centuries … Continue reading

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Machan’s Archives: PBS & NPR, America’s Pravda and Izvestia

Machan’s Archives: PBS & NPR, America’s Pravda and Izvestia Tibor R. Machan It is a feature of American culture that’s most upsetting though hardly anyone makes much of it at all. Indeed, I know several avid defenders of the free … Continue reading

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A Note on Biden and Abortion

A Note on Joe Biden and Abortion Tibor R. Machan His pro-life abortion stance should be much more of a problem for Vice President Joe Biden then the media has made it thus far. And his Left Wing base is … Continue reading

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Society as an Organic Body

Society as an Organic Body Tibor R. Machan Karl Marx, in his posthumously published work Grundrisse identified his view of humanity very clearly. Humanity is an organic whole (or body). People aren’t individuals but the cells of this organic entity … Continue reading

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