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The Intellectual Activist - An Objectivist Review
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July 2004
The Soul of the Left
Michael Moore and the Death of the "Liberal Elite"
by Robert Tracinski

For more than a century, the leaders of the left have portrayed themselves as intellectual sophisticates, better educated and better informed than the common man. Yet who has emerged as their most visible spokesman? An intellectually unkempt propagandist.

From the article:

"From this perspective--looked at as a film for the leftists themselves--the most important characteristic of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is that it is utterly un-intellectual. It is a film with nothing important to say, no serious philosophical or political perspective, nothing to offer for the mind of a critically thinking viewer. This is the sign of a deterioration that extends far beyond the reaction to this one film."

The News in Focus
SpaceShipOne, Government Zero

Hoover's Progressive Assault on Business
The Cause and Consequences of the Great Depression, Part 2
by Richard Salsman

Herbert Hoover won the 1928 election by claiming credit for the prosperity caused by Coolidge's laissez-faire policies--a fraud perpetuated by historians who present him as a straw man for laissez-faire. In fact, Hoover was a loyal and consistent adherent of the doctrines of the statist Progressive movement.

From the article:
"Amazingly, Hoover was viewed at the time--and is still viewed today--as a 'laissez-faire' politician. Thus, capitalism allegedly caused the depression, while Franklin Roosevelt's statism supposedly ended it. Nothing could be further from the truth. In word and deed, Hoover was an active, anti-capitalist interventionist--a faithful disciple of the modern doctrine of Progressivism. In the 1920s, America's Progressives--including Franklin Roosevelt, then governor of New York--praised Hoover to the skies and applauded his successful run for the White House. Only after Hoover's progressively more intense interventions caused economic depression did the Progressives rush to paint him as Mr. Laissez-Faire. In 1975, a Progressive author had the honesty to document how avidly Progressive Hoover really was (while also concluding that Hoover caused misery because his interventions weren't coercive enough). He was labeled 'the forgotten Progressive'--but he had been conveniently forgotten by his original Progressive fans."

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