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Sunday, November 27, 2011
1. When and why did you start Atlas Shrugs?
After 911 I felt guilty I did not know who had attacked this country. And when I found out, I felt guilty I didn't understand the ideology that would inspire such hate and mass murder. Increasingly I turned to the web because the media was derelict in covering the global jihad. I became a frequent commenter on various blogs and so, of course, one thing led to another. I started Atlas Shrugs in February 2005. The Internet was burgeoning as the alternative to the ideological lockstep of the big media, and I wanted to do my part to defend freedom and civilization after 911.
2. What has been your proudest moment as a blogger?
It is hard to isolate just one, but I'm very proud of establishing the Aqsa Parvez Memorial Grove, dedicated to victims of honor killing, in American Independence Park outside Jerusalem. This was the first public expression in the West of any determination to resist the importation of Islamic honor killing into our countries. Also leading the Freedom Rallies against the Ground Zero Mosque in June and September 2010. Tens of thousands came to stand for freedom against Islamic supremacism and the triumphal mosque at Ground Zero.
3. What has been President Obama's worst move in office?
Here again, it is hard to isolate just one. He has destroyed our standing in the world, drastically routed our economy, betrayed Israel and left it more vulnerable than ever to the Islamic jihadists, enabled the rise of Islamic Sharia states in North Africa and the Middle East that will be inveterate haters of America, betrayed our allies in Eastern Europe and Central America -- in so many ways he has hurt the U.S. and Americans during his disastrous presidency, it will take us years to recover.
4. Can (or will) Islam be reformed?
Anything is possible as history unfolds, but given the texts and teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah, and the way they've been interpreted throughout history by mainstream Islamic sects and schools of jurisprudence, this seems extremely unlikely.
5. Where is Occupy Wall Street heading?
Straight to hell. It is a movement of looters, moochers, and destroyers, bent on ruining capitalism, the greatest economic system the world has ever known, the most benevolent and the engine of the prosperity that led to our unqualified leadership and preeminence in the world. And the system that enabled these parasites to spend all their time demonstrating.
6. Who is your biggest influence?
Ayn Rand, who best articulated the premise on which I think and act, individual rights.
7. Anything else you'd like to add?
Fight the great fight. Fight for freedom. Do not be cowed into silence. Fight with every breath in your body. For art, music but most of all, love.