The Renaissance provided the key to unlock the door to free the human mind. The Enlightenment opened the door and armed that free mind with reason. What followed was the making of life on earth progressively more wonderful. It was like watching popcorn pop. However, the dark forces of anti-reason gathered like a plague throughout Europe and leapt to America to end the Enlightenment, and the dark forces prevailed through the 20th century right down to today. But, their time is up. A new Enlightenment has begun, releasing the power of the human being to follow his reason and never letting the dark forces prevail again. Our job is to be a part of that new Enlightenment, which is just about the most exciting thing we have ever done.
CAUTION: You can run from reality, try to hide from reality, try to fake reality, and try to make reality be what it is not--BUT REALITY ALWAYS WINS IN THE END.
So far, Muslims have their greatest victory over us by making us shift into defensive living with regard to them. We tread with fear of "offending" them, of inciting world-wide riots by Muslims against us, and of always trying to curry favor with irrationalists. We used to go about life, guided by our own thoughts and desires, and no defensiveness. It is our fault that we let them dominate our behavior. STOP IT! Americans do not live defensively! Let savages fear us!
HUMAN POWER = IDEA POWER
Ideas power men. Men power cultures. Cultures power civilizations. Civilizations power history. Ideas are the fuel of man's mind.
It is not a question of whether man chooses to be guided by [philosophy]: he is not equipped to live without it. (Ayn Rand)
History is philosophy teaching by example (Lord Bolingbroke)
The trouble with nations is that there is an unequal distribution of capitalism. (Rush Limbaugh)
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear. (Thomas Jefferson)
Companion website to blog "Brushfires of Freedom". In-depth analyses of global topics and trends as they impact the USA, philosophical issues of critical importance to matters such as the War with Islam, and the internal cultural rot of America. Publishes 4 - 6 times a year for new material. Some authors are not Objectivists, but all provide very valuable materials.
(Cubed). Focuses on principles and facts behind the present collapse of American education, particularly in the K - 12 range, and presents what might be and ought to be in schools, from an Objectivist orientation.