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Tuesday 26 August 2014
Nico Savidge, Cap Times (Madison, WI)

UW-Madison has produced tie-dyed hippies and buttoned-down conservatives; Ayn Rand disciples and, yes, some pro-union socialists.

The plaque at the center of campus gives you an idea why.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

…Paul Ryan thinks about Ayn Rand. (But shh, he doesn’t want anyone to know.) Republican budget boy Paul Ryan just keeps trying to pretend that Ayn Rand is not one of the most…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
The Objective Standard

…a question from Robert: “Why do you and other Objectivists advocate selfishness when that word disturbs so many people? Why not just use the word self-interest or, better yet, rational self-interest?” In…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
Hans Lovejoy, Byron Echo

…there was much ridicule of the current Abbott government. ‘It’s absurd that this government is out there with this language of “lifters and leaners,” he told the audience. ‘It’s straight out of an Ayn Rand novel. They are lunatics.’ But Wayne’s main narrative centres around the measures implemented to stave off the 2008 global crash…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
Monday 25 August 2014
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

From Jon Chait, responding to Paul Ryan’s list of favorite books about economics and democracy—which notably fails to include his former favorite book, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Paul Ryan was asked by the Week to list his six favorite books about economics and democracy. The request was a bit mischievous, as Ryan has tried (since his ascension from backbencher to his current role as chief ideologist of the Republican party) to downplay his love of Ayn Rand and her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. And now, the volume that Ryan once handed out to all his staffers, listed as one of his three most frequently reread books of any kind and cited as the entire reason he got into public service, no longer makes the top six list of books on politics and economics.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Ari Armstrong, The Objective Standard

…journalists and pundits routinely misrepresent Ayn Rand’s ideas in order to smear her; see Daniel Wahl’s recent post for a number of examples. The latest smear comes from an article by Bijan Stephen…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Don Watkins, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)

…poor. I was intrigued to see that Tomasi includes Ayn Rand under this heading. After an on-the-whole accurate summary of Rand’s moral perspective and its role as the foundation of her support for…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Tina Casey, CleanTechnica

If you’re interested, another libertarian take on the moral case for fossil fuels thing is also offered up under the title The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels: The Key To Winning Hearts And Minds,” authored by Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress and former fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. In this piece, the author makes the connection to the moral dilemma faced by tobacco industry supporters.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Zoltan Istvan, Huffington Post

Freedom is no longer some high school kid being inspired by Atlas Shrugged. Freedom changes with time and evolution of technology. Don’t hold it hostage to 20th Century philosophers…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Jeffrey J. Williams, Chronicle of Higher Education

In our Ayn Rand-leaning times, it’s easy to disparage organizational structures like professions and bureaucracies. There are no doubt better and worse versions of each, but we should not forget that they usually follow the protocols of equal opportunity and meritocracy. And they do so to counteract systems based on unearned privilege, connections, pure self-interest, or arbitrary fortune.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
The Music

If you’re too young or too disinterested to have seen the film, you’re probably still at least peripherally familiar with it — you might recognise the theme song as the soundtrack to Maggie Simpson’s daring liberation of the confiscated pacifiers belonging to the infant inmates of Ayn Rand’s School For Tots…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014