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  1. Following is an excerpt from JUDGMENT PLAY: My Years With Ayn Rynd, by Gnat Bloominthrall (first published in two parts in the Feb. 2, 2014 and Feb. 9, 2014 issues of The Libertarian Enterprise). THIS LITTLE book of 16,000 words or so was conceived in response to Nathaniel Branden’s 1989 memoir Judgment Day: My Years With Ayn Rand. Branden’s compelling blend of pomposity, indelicacy, and bitter swipes at former associates seemed ripe for parody. After I had gotten about halfway through my retelling of the memoir’s epic events, I set the effort aside for a little while. Next thing I knew it w
  2. If the poitical future will always "suck more" than the political present, does this mean that England in the 19th century is worse than England in the time of Henry VIII? I don't get the impression from reading either the newspapers or Will Durant's Story of Civilization that human history has been a steady, uninterrupted descent from horrible to ever-worse.