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March 26, 2007

Dialectics and Liberty (in German)

I recently heard from Matt Jenny who, with a few of his libertarian friends, runs a small German left-libertarian groupblog named paxx:blog, which includes a webzine, paxx:zine. The webzine has already published translations of articles by my Liberty & Power Group Blog colleagues, Roderick T. Long (a German translation of "Beyond the Boss: Protection from Business in a Free Nation") and Sheldon Richman (a German translation of "U.S. Hypocrisy on Iran").

This week I join Roderick and Sheldon with a German translation of "Dialectics and Liberty" (links to the English PDF), which appeared in the September 2005 issue of The Freeman. The German translation can be found here.

Cross-posted at L&P.

American Idol 2007: The Top Ten

By now, I'm sure "American Idol" fans have a number of favorites; I've liked selections from Melinda, Lakisha, Jordin, Blake, Chris R. ... and a couple of others too.

But like many people, I've cringed watching Sanjaya, who has now assured his place on the AI national tour. It appears he's getting a lot of help from people who are hoping a "Vote for the Worst" will undermine any legitimacy the show might have.

Should be interesting to see how far such a vote will take him...

March 25, 2007

Song of the Day #800

Song of the Day: Crocodile Rock features the lyrics of Bernie Taupin and the music of birthday boy, Elton John, who celebrates his 60th tonight with his 60th concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. One of my all-time favorite Elton songs, this one still rocks. Listen to an audio clip here.  And Happy Birthday, Sir Elton!

March 23, 2007

Ayn Rand Goes Swedish

Late last year, Mattias Svensson, a friend and former student, proposed to translate one of my articles on Ayn Rand for Voltaire, a magazine with 30,000 subscribers published in Sweden. The magazine is put out by Power and Culture; the director of the organization, Boris Benulic, decided to do a Rand-themed issue, with Mattias as the guest editor.

Mattias translated a revised version of my essay, "Atlas Shrugged: Manifesto for a New Radicalism." The full English version of that essay appears in a forthcoming anthology, edited by Edward W. Younkins, entitled Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion (Ashgate, 2007) (and a shortened, edited version of this essay also appears in The Freeman and in Tibor Machan's edited collection, Ayn Rand at 100).

Sciabarra Essay in Voltaire

In any event, if you are inclined to read the Swedish essay, which looks even prettier in the glossy magazine's March/April 2007 issue, it now appears online, starting here.

My thanks to Mattias and to Voltaire for a job well done.

Also noted at Liberty and Power Group Blog. (And a shout out "welcome" to Lester Hunt, who joins L&P.)

March 20, 2007

Song of the Day #799

Song of the Day: Morning Mood is from the "Peer Gynt Suite" (No. 1, Op. 46, Allegretto pastorale) by Edvard Grieg. The opening of this classical classic reminds me of the rising sun and the birth of Spring. Listen to an audio clip here, played by the New Philharmonia Orchestra, and celebrate the Vernal Equinox, which arrives today at 8:07 p.m. EDT. Go balance an egg on its end!

March 13, 2007

Song of the Day #798

Song of the Day: You're Gonna Hear From Me, words and music by Dory Previn and Andre Previn, is from the 1965 film "Inside Daisy Clover." Listen to audio clips from renditions by Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and, my favorite, Nancy Wilson.

March 04, 2007

Song of the Day #797

Song of the Day: Love Will Find a Way, music and lyrics by Lionel Richie and Greg Phillinganes, is one of my all-time favorite tracks from Richie's wonderful "Can't Slow Down" album. It's a soulful sleaze-beat R&B scorcher. Listen to an audio clip here.