Atlas Shrugged Ads Allegedly Rejected – Censorship?

Big Hollywood is reporting that MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC have rejected Atlas Shrugged - Part I ads.  According to BH's discussion with Shrugged producer Harmon Kaslow: The most interesting development, however, is that in their effort to expand television advertising, MSNBC, CNN and CNBC “have all rejected a 15-second ad for ‘editorial’ reasons [with] no further … Continue reading Atlas Shrugged Ads Allegedly Rejected – Censorship?

The decline of the monarchy

The image at the left of a younger William conjures up images of his beautiful mother.  The one on the right is the current Prince William. How far the monarchy has slipped in so little time!  If these people can't be beautiful, what good are they anyway?  They definitely needed the addition of some commoner … Continue reading The decline of the monarchy

Our Own Royal Courts

I find the lavish official state dinners, White House dinners, inauguration balls, and assorted similar gatherings to be akin to the holding of royal court - especially when the President is the center of attention or even the host.    Thus I was delighted to see Dana Milbank of the Washington Post criticize the rather court-like White House Correspondents’ … Continue reading Our Own Royal Courts

Thatcher and Paine on Hereditary Monarchs

"Those who imagine that a politician would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of more politicians." - Margaret Thatcher Ummmm, why would an educated, free people need a figurehead at all, Ms. Thatcher?  More broadly, I'll take Thomas Paine over the Tories and monarchists anyday: We have heard the … Continue reading Thatcher and Paine on Hereditary Monarchs

Soros on Hayek

Pileus readers may be interested in George Soros' new short essay on F.A. Hayek and Karl Popper. Soros lauds Hayek's "fallibilism" but attacks him for inconsistency in endorsing "market fundamentalism." According to Soros, Hayek is an "apostle of a brand of economics which... is a formalized and mathematical theory, whose two main pillars are the … Continue reading Soros on Hayek

Royal Wedding

I really hope that Americans have enough sense to skip the royal wedding tomorrow.  Repeat after me, "When in the Course of human events..."  I'm not sure what is worse, the British monarchy or the people (both here and abroad) infected with royal fever.  Unbecoming of the spirit of liberty and democracy, many modern Americans of both … Continue reading Royal Wedding