Ximena Ortiz's incisive, well-written article, "Going South: The Third Worlding of America" (Jan. 2010), is smack on point. Particularly in the realm of foreign policy, Mr. Obama is giving us "continuity we can believe in" - an endless, expanding war that remains firmly in the imperial mold no matter how opaque and "post-imperial" his rhetoric pretends to be. I am recommending that all my friends, Right, center, and Left, read this important analysis.[Daniel Hannan] writes, "Ask a comrnitted Randian about the book, and he will quote one of the set-piece speeches just as a Shakespearean will quote a soliloquy. Neither is primarily interested in the narrative." First, your lie is exposed: no one with a picture of [Ayn Rand] on his desk calls an Objectivist or lover of Ayn Rand's thought a "Randian." Second, the above is stupidly wrong. When there is a philosophical argument at hand, we argue from the philosophy of Objectivism, much of which is colloquially explicated in the book Atlas Shrugged. We never quote Rand in arguments; we argue from her philosophy. We do not quote unless someone disputes she said thus and so. If you have met someone who cannot espouse Objectivism in his own words, this person might be a beginner. Objectivists, true lovers of Rand's thought, love the plot and don't not get tired of thinking about it. We hold the essays as a separate modality.