Issue CLXI 

June 6-9, 2008

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Art
Mr. Cloud:
Wendy D. Bateman

June 9, 2008
Miss Bateman completed this digital painting in an astonishing 90 minutes. It depicts a cloud in the shape of a finely detailed human head.

Culture
The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 5: Incremental Progress:
G. Stolyarov II

June 6, 2008
Mr. Stolyarov describes the process and goal of incremental progress:
the continual expansion of our individual skills, knowledge, and efficacy in acting in the world. He explores the kinds of attitudes and approaches needed for incremental progress to occur in anyone's life.

The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 13: Making Accomplishments Work for You:
G. Stolyarov II

June 7, 2008
Having discussed how to increase one's productivity in depth, Mr. Stolyarov now addresses the question that necessarily follows. What do you do with your output once you produce it? Producing alone is not enough. If you just let your output lie around accumulating dust or taking up computer memory, it will not boost your overall well-being. In order for you to improve your quality of life and become safer, happier, and more prosperous, it is essential to get your accomplishments to work for you -- even without your direct supervision or intervention.

The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 14: The Virtue of Self-Promotion:
G. Stolyarov II

June 8, 2008
Some people today - and many people historically - look down on self-promotion. But this disdain is unjustified. In fact, self-promotion is necessary if you want your work to improve your life in any substantial manner. Moreover, self-promotion is required for you to get the rewards you genuinely deserve from your efforts. Mr. Stolyarov explains.

The Best Self-Help is Free: Chapter 15: Creating an Effective Public Image:

G. Stolyarov II

June 9, 2008
The key to successful self-promotion is not just being competent in all that you do, but also looking the part. In order to be perceived as credible and reliable by other people, it is not enough for you to have skills and virtues. You also need to present yourself as a skillful, virtuous person.  Mr. Stolyarov explains the reasoning and principles behind this approach.

Economics
What Are Just Prices?:
Jeffrey Tucker

June 6, 2008
Jeffrey Tucker writes that many of us have strange and contradictory wishes concerning what prices should be. We are outraged at what is happening to the price of gas and food. We don't think they should go up. In real terms, we want them to fall, and they have fallen in the last decade and a half. That's a good thing, right? That's how the world should work. But housing? Now, that's a different matter. When the prices fall, people freak out. It's like the end of the world. How is it possible that my own home would fall in price?! That's not the way the world should work. Everyone knows that house prices are supposed to go up up up, all the time, without fail, until the end of time. Or are they?

Historical Analysis
New Deal and Cold War: The Link of State Domination:
Murray N. Rothbard

June 7, 2008
Murray N. Rothbard summarizes some of the most powerful attacks made in the early 1950s against American interventionist foreign policy, especially in South Korea, by thinkers of the Old Right.

Swan Song of the Old Right:
Murray N. Rothbard

June 7, 2008
In addition to being staunch opponents of war and militarism, the Old Right of the postwar period had a rugged and near-libertarian honesty in domestic affairs as well. Murray Rothbard describes some of the Old Right's resistance to Harry Truman's socialistic policies.

Decline of the Old Right:
Murray N. Rothbard

June 7, 2008
By the mid-1950s, the Old Right was demoralized politically with Taft dead, the Bricker Amendment defeated, and Eisenhower Republicanism triumphant, while intellectually the fading of the Old Right left a vacuum: the Freeman was to all intents and purposes finished, FEE was declining, Chodorov was incapacitated, Garrett dead, and Felix Morley, for persistent isolationism, was ousted from the Human Events that he had helped to found. Faith and Freedom and Spiritual Mobilization were likewise dead. Murray Rothbard describes the Old Right's fall from prominence.

Politics
Why the Electoral College Decides:
Alan Caruba

June 8, 2008
In January 2009, the Electoral College will have the final vote as to who becomes the next President of the United States of America. This is precisely the outcome the Founding Fathers and the Constitution intended. Alan Caruba explains some of the Founders' rationale.

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others." 
~ Ayn Rand

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