Reality Check: Ayn Rand Is The Ghost Of Free Market Past

The worst of all crimes is the acceptance of the opinions of others.

—Ayn Rand, as quoted in Goddess Of The Market – Ayn Rand And The American Right by Jennifer Burns

Ultimately, it was the controversies surrounding my third book, Trailing Jesus which helped drive its modest sales, but …

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Shooting From The Hip: Interview with Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes

Admirable anti-fascist South American hippie, Sergio Dias, gained international acclaim fronting Os Mutantes, rebellious bossa nova-based folk surrealists whose ceremonial Beatles-influenced Tropicalia clashed against politically-empowered authoritarian traditionalists during Brazil’s turbulent late-‘60s uprising. The Sao Paola-raised Dias, alongside percussionist-brother, Arnaldo Baptista, and female singing counterpart, Rita Lee Jones, helped devise an …

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Reality Check: Health Care Finale

The clock is ticking for Democrats.

The Health Care Reform Bill has now become for all intents and purposes as politically charged and attached to their success or failure going into 2010 as Iraq and the oft-befuddled and always erratic War on Terror was for Republicans. Much like our compromised …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Al Cisneros of Shrinebuilder: The Science Of Anger

On Sunday, Nov. 15, the supergroup Shrinebuilder played their first NYC show ever at Le Poisson Rouge. They are the band of a generation: Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, etc.) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Blood And Time) on guitars, Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep) on bass and Dale Crover …

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Shooting From The Hip: Interview with Ari-Up of The Slits: Revived

Trailblazing ‘70s punk combo, the Slits, paid the cost to be the most revolutionary female band in a male-dominated subculture. Having the innate ability to dress up artless guitar debris with minimalist dub-reggae rhythms, the innovative lasses were initially violently attacked and verbally assaulted because their rudimentary approach leaned towards …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Scott Hill of Fu Manchu: Knowing The Signs

As California’s Fu Manchu makes ready to enter their 20th year of existence (having formed as hardcore act Virulence in 1985 and had their first release as Fu Manchu in 1990), the legendary fuzz rockers continue to push their form and formula in directions heretofore unseen. Of course, the ‘90s …

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Reality Check: Why We Care About Tiger Woods

I was sitting sipping Bahamian beer with my wife at Rum Runners and listening to an ominous storm front move across Pelican Bay when I first heard the news of Tiger Woods’ “car accident”. I had my back to a dusty television jammed precariously between what looked to me like …

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Shooting From The Hip: Jemina Pearl Hooks Up With Fellow Pet On Break It Up

Rocking all over America since age seventeen, contentious bad-ass punk diva, Jemina Pearl, hit the ground running in the now-defunct Be Your Own Pet before hijacking their drummer to co-compose a few tunes as lead guitarist in a solo venture she only hoped would satisfy loyal minions. The oldest …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Life Of Agony’s Alan Robert: Yes, Wire Hangers!

Long since responsible for the majority of his band’s visual artwork (and come to think of it, the songwriting as well), Life Of Agony bassist Alan Robert has just created his first comic book mini-series for publisher IDW. Called Wire Hangers, it’s a complex story of kidnapping, murder, corruption …

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Reality Check: Collectivism On Parade, Or: You Can Still Get A Mammogram And An Abortion

Collectivism: Any moral, political, or social outlook that emphasizes the interdependence of every human into a collective and the priority of group over the individual.

Forget National Health Care and bailouts or Cap & Trade laws sending us into a tyrannical existence. We’re already there, suckers. We’ve been under one …

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