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December 6, 2007

Marsha Familaro Enright

Educator, psychotherapist and writer

in a lively conversation

Capitalism vs. Authoritarianism

A Novelist of the Far East on an Inevitable Conflict

Marsha Familaro Enright will introduce us to the writer James Clavell. He was a fabulously successful author of such engrossing and thrilling, blockbuster novels as Tai-Pan and Shogun.

He was one of the few contemporary writers who cast businessmen as heroes.

She'll tell you about his background, his role in Hollywood, and his connection to Ayn Rand. You'll learn about his literary style, including his plots and characterization.

Enright wrote about James Clavell in The New Individualist. 

The editor of The New Individualist wrote: "Many readers have enjoyed the profiles of authors Tom Wolfe and Cameron Hawley that Marsha Enright has written for past issues of The New Individualist. This time, she introduces us to another of her favorite writers: James Clavell, whose thrilling romantic novels set in the Far East have beguiled millions.

Enright also had an article in The New Individualist about the non-fiction children's book An Airplane Is Born. The book is by Ilana Dover, a Montessori teacher interested in Objectivism. This is the first in Dover's planned series of books about heroes for pre-school children.

Enright's series of articles profiling authors is a result of her love of reading fiction (and her love of art in general), plus psychology and philosophy. She has a strong natural tendency to share beautiful, enjoyable and enlightening works with others. It's all related to her strong teaching inclination.

She's always searching for engrossing, dramatic fiction. When she finds a good book, in addition to enjoying the story, she tends to analyze what's so good about it, esthetically, psychologically and philosophically.

The authors she's written about particularly intrigued her: Hawley and Clavell because they see that business can be an heroic activity, and Wolfe because he's in love with the culture of the U.S. He sees it as a result of our individual freedom. He might not put it that way, but Enright thinks it accurately describes the attitude she enjoys in his writing.

Enright lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Articles on other subjects
Among Enright's articles are "Montessori Often Begins With Ayn Rand," "The Habit of Hope," "If Emotions Aren't Tools of Cognition...What Are They?" "Foundations Study Guide to Montessori Education," "Why Man Needs Approval," "On the Evolutionary Neuropsychology of Music" and "The Montessori Way." You can read these articles online. 

Creating a Montessori elementary school
Enright, who has an M.A. in psychology, became riveted with the problems of education when she was a child. She found herself in love with learning and school while surrounded by other children who were miserable.

This was a mystery to her. She didn't want such misery to befall her future children. It led her on a life-long quest for effective and enjoyable education.

During college, she discovered the ideas and methods of Maria Montessori which presented ingenious, psychologically effective means of creating a happy hotbed of learning for young students.

In 1990 she founded Council Oak Montessori Elementary School as a place for her own children to learn.

The school's first class was 17 students. A few years later the school had 75 students. It continues successfully to this day with about 100 students ages three to fourteen years.

The October 2006 issue of Chicago Magazine named the Council Oak Montessori Elementary School one of the top 25 private elementary schools in Chicago.

Creating the College of the United States
As Marsha's expertise in education grew, so did her concern and discontent with higher education.

She saw more and more students graduating from college unequipped to think for themselves. They lacked important knowledge and life skills, as well as the most basic understanding of what is necessary for a fully free society.

Frighteningly, these included many students from the "best" universities in the U.S. such as Harvard, the University of Chicago, and Stanford.

She was alarmed at the problems and unhappiness caused by these developments, as well as the threat they pose for civil society.

Marsha had considerable knowledge about effective means of education. She understood the fearful grip collectivism has in all forms of higher education.

She was convinced the country needed a new college, dedicated to reason, individualism and a fully free society. She's the developed the College and has team members. It's scheduled to open September 2009.

You can read about the College of the United States and the team members online. 

Enright previously spoke at Junto in February 2006, as part of "Ayn Rand 101."

For more information on this Junto event, including time, location, and other features of the meeting see the December Junto page.


Celebrations of Ayn Rand's 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th and 105th birthdays

Memorial for John Perry, a NYC police officer & Junto attendee, lost on 9/11

Charles Adams

Dennis Ainsworth

Bruce Ames

June Arunga

George B.N. Ayittey

John Baden

Michael Balboa

Sallie Baliunas

Randy E. Barnett

Caroline Baum

Tom Bethell

Robert Bidinotto

Terry Blodgett

David Boaz

Donald J. Boudreaux

James Bovard

Bill Bradford

Barbara Branden

Harry Browne

David Ciocca

Tyler Cowen

Eugene R. Dattel

James DeLong

Francis X. Diebold

Tom DiLorenzo

Richard Ebeling

Marty Edelston

Ivan Eland

Marsha Familaro Enright

Richard Epstein

Harold Evans

Peter Ferrara

Thomas Fleming

Murray Franck

Judge Marvin Frankel

"Benjamin Franklin"

David Friedman

Jeffrey Friedman

Patri Friedman

Marshall Fritz

Michael Fumento

John Fund

Arthur E. Gandolfi

John Taylor Gatto

Scott Douglas Gerber

Henry Gifford

George Gilder

Mike Godwin

Bettina Bien Greaves

Gary Greenberg

Aubrey de Grey

Martin Gross

Dan Grossman

Thor Halvorssen

Milo Hamilton

Robin Hanson

Dean Hazel

Stephen Hicks

Robert Higgs

Jeremy Hildreth

Erica Holzer

Gary Hoover

Jacob G. Hornberger

Peter Huber

Edward L. Hudgins

Jeffrey Rogers Hummel

Jerome Huyler

Mitchell Jones

Stephen Kagann

Steve Keeley

David Kelley

Laurel Kenner

Saul Kent

Yasuhiko Genku Kimura

Thomas L. Knapp

Alan Charles Kors

Richard Kostelanetz

Lawrence Kudlow

Steven Landsburg

Sarah Lawrence

Pierre Lemieux

Jules Leopold

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Marty Lewinter

Will Lewis

Carl Liedhom

Seth Lipsky

Felix Livingston

Herbert London

John R. Lott Jr.

Cathy Luchetti

Tibor Machan

Marisa Manley

Steve Mariotti

Stanley Mason

Megan McArdle

Bill McCarthy

John McCormack

John L. McCormack

Wendy McElroy

John McGinnis

Lawrence McQuillan

Gabriella Megyesi

Perry Metzger

Jeffrey Miron

Stephen Moore

Deroy Murdock

Robert Murphy

Charles Murray

Victor Niederhoffer

Walter Olson

Jane Orient

Roger Pilon

Virginia Postrel

Benjamin Powell

Jim Powell

Ronald Radosh

Douglas Rasmussen

Greg Rehmke

George Reisman

Kenneth Rendell

Adam Robinson

Arthur Robinson

Jim Rogers

Michael Rothschild

Candida Royalle

Linda Russell

Robert Schrade

Jack Schwartzman

Todd Seavey

Larry Sechrest

Hans F. Sennholz

Amity Shlaes

Tim Slagle

Susan Slyman

Fred L. Smith Jr.

David Ramsay Steele

Brett Steenbarger

Richard W. Stevens

Stephen Stigler

John Stossel

Michael Strong

Jacob Sullum

Alexander Tabarrok

Joan Kennedy Taylor

Peter Thiel

Frank Tipler

William Tucker

Jesse Walker

George Walsh

Peter Lamborn Wilson

Stephanie Winston

Jim Wynne