Sunday, June 16, 2002


Read David White's article, Jackboots and Sandals, on Bruce Hill's blog War Now. [Via InstaPundit.]

Ayn Rand wrote a great analysis of two philosophical archetypes, Attila and the Witch Doctor, in her book, For the New Intellectual. Here is a quote:

"The essential characteristics of these two remain the same in all ages: Attila, the man who rules by brute force, acts on the range of the moment, is concerned with nothing but the physical reality immediately before him, respects nothing but man's muscles, and regards a fist, a club or a gun as the only answer to any problem�and the Witch Doctor, the man who dreads physical reality, dreads the necessity of practical action, and escapes into his emotions, into visions of some mystic realm where his wishes enjoy a supernatural power unlimited by the absolute of nature." -- Ayn Rand (1961) ["For the New Intellectual," For the New Intellectual, page 14.]