Scott Levy – As a former Stinger missile gunner in the United States Marine Corps and graduate of Full Sail University with a degree in film production and audio engineering, Scott Levy is a talented veteran with a wealth of experience in the entertainment industry. Scott can be seen in the upcoming film Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? and heard in Electronic Art’s upcoming video-game, Battlefield: Hardline.
The objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand echoes this sentiment. She wrote, “America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America’s industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance — and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way.”
If you’re a conservative who thinks Ayn Rand called it true with this producers/parasites thing, then by all means: let’s go there. All the way there — and then some. But fair warning is in order: you may not like where we end up.
By way of a modest proposal, I hereby declare the birth of a new Progressive Objectivism — a frankly producerist personal-responsibility crusade aimed at getting these whiny red leeches off our collective blue hide. If they think they can get by without us, let’s not stand in their way. What these people need from us, at minimum, is some tough talk — the kind of stern, grown-up verbal whoop-ass the conservatives wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to unload on us if the roles were reversed.
The time has come for blue America to go Galt.
The Objective Standard
…and refusal to be silenced by jihadists. As Ayn Rand wrote: In Atlas Shrugged, I discussed the “pyramid of ability” in the realm of economics. There is another kind of social pyramid. The genius…
Cato Institute Daily Commentary
Yesterday’s lethal smoke episode in a tunnel near the L’Enfant Plaza station of Washington’s Metro system was like one of the disaster scenes in Atlas Shrugged, from the controllers’ instructions (eventually disobeyed) to riders not to evacuate the eight-car Yellow Line train even as it rapidly filled with smoke, to a spokesperson’s insistence that there were “no casualties in the traditional sense” even as workers above ground were seen hustling unconscious persons on stretchers into emergency vehicles.
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Critics, of whom there are multitudes, argue that it could usher in an Ayn-Randian nightmare of inequality and property rights uber alles. The deflationary ideology encoded in the design of projects like Bitcoin — which permanently caps the money supply — makes progressive economists gag.
Evening Standard (London)
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid might not be so hot on philosophers’ texts but he’s crazy about their films. He was introducing The Fountainhead, based on the Ayn Rand book, at Westminster’s Policy Exchange last night, as part of the debut screening of the Crossbench Film Society. Javid said he first saw the 1949 film — a comically didactic ode to libertarianism — as a child and it so inspired him that years later “when I was at university courting my future wife, I pulled the book down and said ‘Let me read you something amazing!’ What a geek! And she still married me!”
We asked Javid if he saw any similarity between the film’s villainous newspaper magnate and, say, Rupert Murdoch. “No. Not at all,” said the minister, hurriedly.
It’s not often you’re served popcorn and pick ‘n’ mix sweets at a Westminster event, but last night was an exception. For last night saw the launch of my new film society, kindly hosted by Policy Exchange. It’s called the Crossbench Film Society, and most of the idea is captured in the name. Each month, a different politician chooses and introduces a different film for our collective delectation.
The first guest was the Conservatives’ own Sajid Javid – and his selection sure pulled at the old optic nerves. It was King Vidor’s 1949 adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead…
A near-yearly tradition ends this year…the tradition of an Atlas Shrugged film crowding out other films to stake a claim for worst movie of the year. Ayn Rand’s most famous (or infamous) novel has been the source for a trilogy of films over the past four years and each of them has been unequivocally terrible. John Aglialoro has been the man behind each of these films and despite the fact that they have continually bombed at the box office and been derided by just about everyone, he has pressed on.
Who Is John Galt makes most of the mistakes of the previous two. Aglialoro brought on a new director in J. James Manera and a whole different cast and crew, much as he did for Atlas Shrugged: Part II. Unfortunately the results aren’t any better…