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Opinion

Samantha Black, editor

Anti-Smoking paternalism: A cancer on American liberty

Across the country, state and local governments are banning smoking on private property, including bars, restaurants, and office buildings. This is just the latest step in the government’s war on smoking—a coercive campaign that includes massive taxes on cigarettes, advertising bans, and endless multi-billion dollar lawsuits against tobacco companies. This war is infecting America with a political disease far worse than any health risk caused by smoking; it is destroying our freedom to make our own judgments and choices. [More]

Illustration by Chuck Cordill

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Modern technology widens the gap globally between rich and poor

Oil has made us billions and fuelled our economic stability, but oil has also become the bane of our existence. For some, it is a curse that has caused poverty and corruption, but for others it is an essential source of untold wealth and power. But as the gap between rich and poor countries continues to expand, it is clear that intellectual capital and technology rule the world, and those natural resources such as oil, gold, and diamonds are no longer the primary determinants of wealth. [More]


Countries with oil-refining technology outpace countries that produce oil.

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The influence of Atlas Shrugged

On the 50th anniversary of its publication, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s epic about a group of businessmen who rebel against a society that shackles and condemns them, is everywhere. Hardly a day goes by without a mention of the novel in the media or by some prominent celebrity or businessman as the most significant book he’s read. [More]

Courtesy Ayn Rand Institute

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2008 Atlas Shrugged essay contest [More]

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