Issue XVII

August 15 - October 12, 2003

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The Rational Argumentator's First Anniversary Manifesto:
G. Stolyarov II
August 30, 2003
The Rational Argumentator's statemement of accomplishment during its first year of existence, along with an establishment of key objectives for the future.

Literary Analysis

The Ishmael Paradigm:
G. Stolyarov II
October 10, 2003
A dauntless review and refutation by G. Stolyarov II of an environmentalist propaganda novel that has become a sacred cow of modern academia.

Music
The Inventor, Op. 18:
G. Stolyarov II
October 10, 2003
A ragtime-style composition by G. Stolyarov II portraying the radiant forward stride of the innovative mind.

Freedom Minuet, Op. 22:
G. Stolyarov II
August 27, 2003
This work is written by G. Stolyarov II in a classical format and with a melody that expresses the concept of rational liberty, of civilized and self-structured freedom.

Fount of Clarity, Op. 24:
G. Stolyarov II
September 29, 2003
This composition by G. Stolyarov II evokes the image of absolute transparency and certainty, like the texture of water rushing from an ornate fountain, and the desired nature of ideas in the mind.

Philosophy

Anti-Concepts of the Modern Newspeak:
G. Stolyarov II
October 13, 2003
Expanding upon G. Stolyarov II's analysis of Newspeak in Orwell's 1984, this essay relates some frightening linguistic trends in the society of today, heading toward the elimination of individualism and objective reason.

Fur Coats and Jewelry: Rationality or Ritual?:
G. Stolyarov II
August 25, 2003
For those not dreading a rational analysis and scrutiny of a ubiquitous and generally uncontroversial cultural norm, this essay by G. Stolyarov II is a prime exercise in objective aesthetics.

The Orwellian Popular Culture of Modernity:
G. Stolyarov II
October 12, 2003
G. Stolyarov II elucidates some frightening parallels between government-imposed popular culture in 1984 and the leftist-elite-endorsed mass conformity of today.

Politeness and Objective Ethics:
G. Stolyarov II
August 25, 2003
An extrapolation upon “The Public-Private Ethical Distinction” by G. Stolyarov II, which explains the egoistic foundations of tact, courtesy, and manners.

The Ten Commandments vs. America:
Harry Binswanger
September 5, 2003
Examining the Ten Commandments will demonstrate that they are indicative not of a mindset of freedom but of subservience to a cosmic despot, argues Dr. Harry Binswanger.

Time to Celebrate Man's Mind:
Fredric Hamber
September 5, 2003
We just had a holiday to celebrate production by crude force of muscle, but America has no official holiday exalting the key, intellectual facet of creation. However, states Fredric Hamber, the men of the mind are in fact the most significant source of economic progress.

Poetry
Fashionable Fallacies (#13-18):
G. Stolyarov II
August 25, 2003
New philosophical satire in verse by G. Stolyarov II, scathingly exposing the thought blunders of our time.

Politics
NYSE Chairman Should Have Kept His Money -- and Been Proud of It:
Edwin A. Locke
September 29, 2003
It is time, writes Dr. Edwin A. Locke, to recognize the moral right of businessmen to the fruits of their work. Instead of surrendering his accumulated pay, Mr. Grasso should have proclaimed his right to it with individualistic dignity.

Will Rogers on Government:
Gary M. Galles
August 31, 2003
The piercingly true humor of the comedian who derided big government continues to linger today, and Dr. Gary M. Galles reveals it in all of its wit and profundity.

Wrath to Come:
Michael Miller
August 31, 2003
Welfare statists have long bought their votes with handouts, but that policy, argues Michael Miller, is doomed to failure. The government distribution apparatus shall not linger for any protracted period of time, and citizens must recognize the values that only a free market can offer them.

"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without anyother reason but because they are not already common." 
~ John Locke