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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.

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I wish I knew how to read German because some of the posts on those blogs look very interesting.

Glad to see you've been featured by Matt Jenny! He is a much appreciated left-libetarian comrade ( :

Posted by: Nick Manley | March 26, 2007 05:37 PM


I didn't know that was a thing.

Posted by: Rick Giles | April 9, 2007 06:47 AM

Yes there are! You can find out more about this ideological strain at these various links:

Movement of the Libertarian Left

Alliance of the Libertarian Left

And these Yahoo groups:

Left Libertarian

Left Libertarian 2 (which is entirely separate from the Movement of the Liberarian Left)

And don't forget the works of such theorists as Kevin Carson, who has inspired a whole symposium in the pages of the The Journal of Libertarian Studies

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | April 11, 2007 08:20 AM


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...

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This Sanjaya has to goooooo!!! AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL. I wonder how long the moron voters who are voting for the worst can sustain this kind of thing. If it ever got totally out of hand the record producers would be stuffing the ballot to assure his departure.

Posted by: Elaine | March 29, 2007 09:27 AM

Okay, so I'm totally up-to-date, and I have to say that with Besame Mucho one of my favorites, it was very hard for even Sanjaya to sound horrible, not with strings and brass bathing his every syllable. He sure knows how to play to the camera.

I just don't see this guy lasting into, say, the Top 5. Then again, I didn't think he'd make the Top 10, so what do I know?

I still think Melinda, Lakisha, Jordin, Chris Robinson, and Blake are moving into the Top 5 at some point, but we may have seen the last of Haley's long legs after her performance last night.

The Latin show could have been great... it just fell flat for me, and, apparently, for many of the judges.

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | April 11, 2007 07:57 AM

Oh, I don't know...there's a soft spot in my heart for Sanjaya. Maybe it's my "root for the underdog, affection for the runt of the litter" personality. No, I haven't actually voted for him...or anyone, yet. But you have to admire the kid's pluck as much as you might despise his voice.

After all, the judges passed this kid onto the top 24 (while cutting the amazing Tami Gosnell), so if he's staying the judges have only themeselves to blame.

I have more to say on this topic but I have to get to work...more later.

Posted by: Peri | April 11, 2007 10:14 AM


Your passion for American Idol has encouraged me to check it out for myself.

Where can I find it on TV?

Posted by: Nick Manley | April 25, 2007 11:41 PM

Hey, Nick, it can be seen every Tuesday and Wednesday (times vary ... usually 8 pm on Tuesday, 9 pm on Wednesday).


Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | May 9, 2007 11:06 PM


MARCH 25, 2007

Song of the Day #800

Song of the DayCrocodile 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!

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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.)

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Sorry, I don't read Swedish! But congrats anyway!

Posted by: Aeon J. Skoble | March 23, 2007 09:19 AM

But that photo doesn't look anything like Voltaire! In fact it looks more like Ayn Rand. I'm so confused.

Posted by: Roderick T. Long | March 26, 2007 05:51 PM


Voltaire is the name of the magazine that is doing an issue about Ayn Rand. Hence the picture under that headline.

Despite good sales of recent paperback releases of Atlas and Fountainhead, we have not, as yet, pervaded the swedish culture to the extent that you could name a cultural magazine "Ayn Rand", and do an issue on Voltaire. That would be the day!

Posted by: Mattias $ | March 29, 2007 08:30 AM

I suspect Roderick was pulling our leg, Mattias. :)

But thanks so much for the additional information on the issue; it's a very good looking publication.

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | April 11, 2007 07:52 AM


Thanks for the kind words. Glad to see that you're back in front of a computer.


No legpulling, please. Remember that us objectivists lack in the humour department. I was just on my way to book you into a therapy session to help you resolve your confusion, in case my clarification didn't do it. (And I don't use smileys!)

Posted by: Mattias $ | April 13, 2007 04:49 AM

Glad to be back in front of the computer... again! :)

And thanks for the follow-up!

Posted by: Chris Matthew Sciabarra | August 3, 2007 07:56 PM


MARCH 20, 2007

Song of the Day #799

Song of the DayMorning 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. EDTGo balance an egg on its end!

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MARCH 13, 2007

Song of the Day #798

Song of the DayYou'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 StreisandFrank Sinatra, and, my favorite, Nancy Wilson.

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MARCH 04, 2007

Song of the Day #797

Song of the DayLove 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.

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