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One Small Step for Dictatorship: The Significance of Donald Trump’s Election

Article by Onkar Ghate | Nov 2016

American exceptionalism is real. The United States is founded on a political philosophy, and a profoundly revolutionary one at that. The Declaration of Independence expresses the viewpoint eloquently: that individuals possess “certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the


One Small Step for Dictatorship

Blog Onkar Ghate | Nov 2016

Is that statement hyperbole or prophecy? To find out, read ARI senior fellow Onkar Ghate’s careful analysis of Trump’s election to the presidency, what the election means for America and why Ayn Rand’s philosophy is more important than ever.


An Unwinnable War?

Article by Elan Journo | Fall 2009

Author’s note: The following is the introduction to Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism. “I don’t think you can win it. . . . I don’t have any . . . definite end [for the war]” — President George W. Bush 1 The warriors came in search of an


Iran’s Faux Multiple Personality Disorder

OPED by Elan Journo | August 10, 2015

Why are seemingly sensible people cheering the Iran deal, given the regime’s notorious brutality and belligerence? The answer lies in a wonkish affliction that you could call the split-personality fallacy. Glance at the regime we’re talking about. Iran is a horrific theocracy that methodically


Ignoring the Islamist Menace

Blog Elan Journo | Jan 2016

Did you catch those breaking news reports, right after the San Bernardino shooting, suggesting that the attack was work-place violence? You might chalk that up to off the cuff speculation. Yet there was a kind of desperation behind the insistence on finding some generic, non-ideological motive. Yet it turned out to be what many expected from the outset, a jihadist attack; one of the murderers had pledged allegiance to ISIS.


ARI and the Fight for Free Speech

Blog Steve Simpson | Mar 2017

You’ve heard the stories. Charles Murray was attacked by a mob after giving a talk at Middlebury College. Not long after that, a riot broke out at U.C. Berkeley over a scheduled appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos. Berkeley’s student newspaper later published a series of essays justifying the violence as “self-defense.”


The “Forward Strategy” for Failure

Article by Yaron Brook and Elan Journo | Spring 2007

Authors’ note: This essay is partially based on the lecture “Democracy vs. Freedom” that Yaron Brook delivered on September 12, 2006, in Irvine, CA, and on October 22, 2006, at the Ford Hall Forum in Boston, MA. A Strategy for Security? The attacks of 9/11 exposed the magnitude of the threats we


How the U.S., and Israel, Wage Self-Crippled Wars

OPED by Elan Journo | October 8, 2015

A horrific news report from Afghanistan brings to light a wider problem afflicting the American, and Israeli, way of war — but, no, it is not what you think.    Washington faces perpetual allegations of “war crimes” for its military conduct in Afghanistan, and Israel, in Gaza. We’re asked to believe


The Jihad on America

Article by Elan Journo | Fall 2006

Fathoming the Atrocities On that cloudless Tuesday morning in September, downtown Manhattan was engulfed by an eerie fog, a fog of dust and ashes. From the top floors of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, plumes of smoke billowed, and inside an inferno raged. The courtyard at the foot of the