Harper Lee’s masterpiece was an enlightening study of human nature. Her characterization of Finch illustrated the classical liberal values of self-reliance, compassion, tolerance, justice, and most of all, the essential role of a loving, dedicated father in the life of a child. Yet, there were very few examples of fatherly affection or life lessons in the play – the children were played by young adults.
About Mark Shupe
Mark Shupe is a contributing author at Center for Individualism. He is also an investment strategy advisor and fitness instructor. Mark studied economics and finance at the University of Notre Dame. His writing passion includes the history of Western Civilization, the moral case for Capitalism, and the promise of Individualism.
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Like a great artist integrates abstract concepts into a philosophical theme, Clint Eastwood delivered a complex assortment of characters, each wrestling with conflicting moral choices, and all operating in an environment of fear. For the moviegoer, it challenges everything we thought we knew about the heroes and villains of the Wild West.
The use of fossil fuels in our modern era coincides with a massive increase in life expectancy and population, cleaner water and air, and increasing oil, natural gas, and food production. The dirty environment of food bacteria, poisonous plants, and rodent infestation have largely been solved. This frees time to be more productive and enjoy recreation, family, education, travel and the arts.
The fallacies of the diversity movement that permeate all of college life is stunning, and the fees they charge for this crime are obscene. College should be a glorious opportunity for learning and inspiriation. In fact, we live in the most open and tolerant society for self-creation the world has ever known. Yet, the academic obsession with identity is ironic, since its deconstruction roots lie in a philosophy that denied the very existence of the self.
In 2010 the bourgeoisie fought back. A grassroots movement, mostly consisting of people who are not politically active, became fed-up with ever growing government power and debt. Local Tea Party groups organized themselves all of the country and found a champion with a massive audience and political influence in Rush Limbaugh.
Hazlitt’s greatest asset was a highly trained mind, one that he developed on his own. He summarized his work as “I’ve been preaching liberty as against coercion; I’ve been preaching capitalism as against socialism; and I’ve been preaching this doctrine in every form and with any excuse,” and his fellow freedom fighters are some of the most prolific thinkers, authors, economists and activists of the 20th century.
John Scotus was the brightest star among the invading army of Irish monks (but a layman himself) who were armed only with their books. They seemed to be everywhere, and according to Charlemagne biographer and servant Einhard, “he loved the wandering monks.”
He knew despair as well as anyone, and he knew redemption even more. He paid it forward with the morality and resources of a successful capitalist. As the novel marvelously illustrates, Valjean had respect and compassion for the aspirations of his employees, customers and strangers.
Non-political approaches do not require the fatal rigidities of law, the vision of helplessness and dependency, the demonization of those who think otherwise, or the polarization of society. Rather, they take the form of creating economic circumstances in which individuals themselves can find life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Bastiat’s greatest contribution is that he took the discourse out of the ivory tower and made ideas on liberty so clear that even the unlettered can understand them and statist’s cannot obfuscate them. Clarity is crucial to the moral superiority of personal liberty.
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