Interactive audio books. Okay for non-fiction, maybe, where you can whisper sweet nothings to the heroine in a Harlequin Romance novel and hear back some heavy breathing, but what if you’re reading something controversial like Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”, or Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”? You could spend the rest of your life arguing with the Carson book that we need DDT or with the Rand book that Objectivism is atheistic – but all you’d get out of it would be a set of tired tonsils.
Paul Ryan is able to justify the fantastic in Ayn Rand’s fiction — suspending disbelief — and in fact, treats it as if it’s real. Fictional cheating is bad, because it taints the voters’ perception of reality. And yet, fictional monetary policy as espoused by Ayn Rand is good because it taints the voters’ perception of reality a convenient way.
Where to begin! In what Ayn Rand libertarian dystopia would this be acceptable human behavior? Do you really think your roommates should have to put up with strangers in their space, while you collect the cash? If you allow yourself to do this, where does the madness end? Stealing candy from children? Stabbing homeless people for fun?
Tallahassee Democrat (FL)
Nicole’s character is an explicit counter to the kind of man John Galt represents. Nicole is a compassionate entrepreneur who also has a deep sense of loyalty and duty to family and community.
The makers of Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? — the final chapter of the trilogy based on Ayn Rand’s magnum opus — released the trailer for the film ahead of its September 12 release date.
The trailer focuses on the heroine, Dagny Taggert, and the mysterious John Galt…
…BioShock carved out its own little world of Ayn Rand-inspired utopias and politics spearheaded by creative director Ken Levine. His crew shaped a world of fear, choice and isolation, a haunting…
A relevant libertarianism must be a movement of character as it once was. That’s a bigger challenge today than it was during the days of Rose Wilder Lane or Ayn Rand. The trendy libertarianism of the moment is too focused on removing laws and not nearly as conscious of what laws everyone will live by. That…
In the sanitized Ayn Rand version of history, the Pilgrims were brave and fearless capitalists – a boat full of Dagny Taggarts and Hank Reardens with muskets and hats with buckles – who planted their flag on a foreign shore, tamed the wilderness…
Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)
“The task of defining ideas and goals is not the province of politicians and is not accomplished at election time: Elections are merely consequences. The task belongs to the intellectuals. The need is more urgent than ever.” - Ayn Rand, “The Wreckage of the Consensus,” 1967.
Well, here we are again, well into what Robert Heinlein used to call our “Silly Season"…
The Libertarian Party’s slogan, “Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom,” sounds attractive, but only in a specious and simplistic way. As I see it, the Libertarian world view is basically stuck in the fantasy-science fiction world of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.”