Declaration of Independence: Wikimedia Commons
In honour of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday … (which it still is in the US), here’s a subtle yet powerful tribute to him (and men of his kind) from Ayn Rand, via The Objective Standard:
"In Atlas Shrugged , I discussed the 'pyramid of ability' in the realm of economics. There is another kind
of social pyramid. The genius who fights 'every form of tyranny over the mind of man' is fighting a battle
for which lesser men do not have the strength, but on which their freedom, their dignity, and their
integrity depend. It is the pyramid of moral endurance."
Happy birthday, Thomas Jefferson—and thank you for everything your moral endurance created and made possible.