The republic has no need of learned men.

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— | statement of a judge when sentencing Lavoisier to death, 1794. |

The republic has no need of learned men.

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— | statement of a judge when sentencing Lavoisier to death, 1794. |

It is pointless to try to distinguish inequality of outcomes from inequality of opportunity. There is no more right to “equal opportunity” than to “equal outcomes.”

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No, I’m not going to rehearse the familiar refrain: “We’re all different.” That’s true, but it doesn’t get to the essential. The essential is: inequality is morally irrelevant. Inequality is not “unfair,” nor is it “fair”: it has no moral significance at all.

Government wants you to play a role in the “shutdown” of the federal government. Your role is to panic.

I am not brave enough to be a coward. I see the consequences too clearly.

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— | Letters of Ayn Rand (via for-life-is-not-a-paragraph) |

Here’s a way to think about an area of a circle, which is \(\pi r^2\). First, here is a visual proof for this formula (reference):

Here’s another way to think about it. The red square on the next diagram has area of \( r^2 \).

Remember that \(\pi\) is approximately 3. So this means…