Issue XXI

February 20 - April 26, 2004

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Book Reviews
A Review of Henry Emrich's Battlefield of the Mind:
G. Stolyarov II
April 26, 2004
Henry Emrich, a contributor of articles to The Rational Argumentator, has recently released a brief but informative book-length discourse on the state of the present culture and the Objectivist filosofy itself. G. Stolyarov II reviews this valuable work.

Hey, Greenie, Wanna Get Rich?:
David Bertelsen
March 30, 2004
A businessman seeks to convince an environmentalist hippy to a joint entrepreneurial venture. Read the results of this attempt in this story by David Bertelsen.

Choose Life; Privatize Space:
Eric J. Tower
April 5, 2004
An asteroid approaches, and the astronomer Chip has forty-eight hours to react. Can modern society be saved, or have regulations and Green scare campaigns plunged it inevitably back to the age of the cave? Read this story by Eric J. Tower to find out.

An Objectivist Statement of Resolves:
G. Stolyarov II
March 20, 2004
G. Stolyarov II has formulated a set of principles that all Objectivists share, despite periferal differences. The core purpose of this document is to recognize these similarities and encourage the cultural propagation of the ideas within.

Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics:
Stephen Hicks
April 5, 2004
Professor Stephen Hicks examines the anti-individualist fallacies of modern schools of business ethics and suggests a more logically consistent alternative based on the insights of Ayn Rand.

Errors of Modern Science: A Philosophical Magic Act:

Rodney Rawlings
March 30, 2004
During his college days, Rodney Rawlings performed a filosofical demonstration integrating his skills as a magician and poet into exposing some of the Identity-Principle-violating fallacies embraced by modern fysics and mathematics. Be ready for a humorous, thoughtful, and interactive debunking of theories such as the Big Bang, black holes, and quantum theory. (Originally published by SoloHQ).

FDA Warnings on Psychiatric Drugs:
Orion Reasoner
April 20, 2004
The current imposition of drugs on individuals classified as "mentally ill" both defies any objective knowledge of the mind's scientific functions or its filosofical requirements. Moreover, writes Orion Reasoner, a former student of psychology and neuroscience, today's psychiatric paradigm is based on a horrific "normative standard" that judges conformity to be "healthy" and any deviation to be a sign of illness and deserving authoritarian suppression. 

Historical Analysis
Liberation Through Commerce:
Gary M. Galles
April 12, 2004
An African-American educator and author, Booker T. Washington, once wrote of the abilities of individuals recovering from the economic devastation of slavery to elevate themselves to success and competence, not through government perks, but via their own initiative in a free marketplace. Dr. Gary M. Galles provides analysis of the life and writings of this man.

Music for Tennyson's "The Princess":
Rodney Rawlings
March 30, 2004
Rodney Rawlings sets to music a portion of Lord Alfred Tennyson's renowned 1847 poem as part of a song in Mr. Rawlings' play, The Watcher on the Shore. The melody of this piece possesses the elegance and scope of a work performed by a classical string orchestra. To access the lyrics as well as the description of this melody's role in Mr. Rawlings' play, see his forum posting at SoloHQ

The Lemmings:
G. Stolyarov II
April 26, 2004
A poem by G. Stolyarov II about collectivist rodents... and what happens to them.

Campaign Finance Reform in Buckley v. Valeo:
Jonathan Rick
March 20, 2004
The Supreme Court's 1976 decision concerning campaign finance was fundamentally flawed and imposed an unjust cap on campaign contributions while leaving intact the far more urgent problem of pressure-group warfare within the government, writes Jonathan Rick.

SABRE: Stress Analysis By REflection:
Paul Hibbert
April 20, 2004
Objectivist and Master of Engineering Paul Hibbert presents a theory on which he has worked for the majority of his life. This work analyzes the statistical average of the direction and magnitude of individual molecular pulses, thus bridging the microscopic and macroscopic realms of determining the impact of a force on a solid. This may have numerous viable applications in the realm of engineering.

"You can't hold a man down in a ditch without staying down in the ditch with him." 
~ Booker T. Washington