June 2012

Prometheus

June 27, 2012

Prometheus is the most libertarian of the Greek gods. His name has been used to signify choice and accountability in such stories as Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus”; her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Prometheus Unbound”; Ayn Rand’s “Anthem,” in which the protagonist renames himself Prometheus; and even the web address of Liberty magazine, [...]

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Moonrise Kingdom

June 22, 2012

Perspective. Two people can look at the very same scene, or experience the very same event, yet come away with completely different ideas of what they have seen. That seems to be the point of Wes Anderson’s latest film, “Moonrise Kingdom,” and he begins making that point, cleverly and creatively, with his opening scene. We [...]

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How We Decide

June 3, 2012

“Don’t think, feel!” Bruce Lee’s character exhorts his young son in “Enter the Dragon” (1973) as he teaches him to trust his instincts while learning to fight. By contrast, Ayn Rand favored “Don’t feel, think!” when she wrote, “People don’t want to think. And the deeper they get into trouble, the less they want to [...]

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