…remarkable that leaders of the American Catholic Right, such as former GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan have, as Frank Cocozzelli has pointed out, so proudly lionized Ayn Rand, and more recently, the Koch brothers, when social and economic justice advocate John Ryan is actually the father of modern Catholic economic thought.
Anyway, the flinty-eyed politics of suspicion and repression of the likes of HUAC, Ayn Rand, and today’s ‘the Pope is a Communist’ conservatives, is what can lead one to think It’s a Wonderful Life is a communist plot just because it portrays an unscrupulous banker as, well, unscrupulous.
New York Post
Unsurprisingly, turning an Ayn Rand novella into a musical starring the cowboy from Village People turned out to be a bad idea.
-Four ancient and rare terra cotta warrior statues from China, to be the silent, military-minded, and non-shooting teammates he’s always dreamed of.
-A first-edition copy of Ayn Rand’s,The Fountainhead.
It’s A Wonderful Life (NBC, Wednesday 8:00 p.m.) — An American classic about the hidden impact of one good man’s life on a town and an insidious piece of communist propaganda that casts bankers as prone and wicked. Enjoy the warm feels, you commie pig. Every time a bell rings, Ayn Rand sheds a tear.
AM New York
When it was unveiled in 1937, Lee Lawre’s 45-foot-tall bronze figure of the mythical Atlas — whose punishment for defying Zeus was to carry the sky for eternity — was intended to be a heroic figure. But, in the midst of World War II, many people saw in the statue’s face a too-close-for-comfort resemblance to fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. There were protests that quickly flared out. However, in 1943, New York Times critics joked that Atlas should be melted down because, as one said, it “looks too much as Mussolini thinks he looks.” Since then, however, the statue has become associated with Ayn Rand’s ideal of the heroic man and her 1957 novel “Atlas Shrugged.”
Dallas - News - Unfair Park
And you, stlthxoppers84, for informing us that Ebola is in fact an escaped U.S. bioweapon and that stocks of vaccine were readily available in a secret bunker that also houses Ayn Rand’s frozen head.
Idaho Statesman (Boise)
Call me old-fashioned, conventional, mushy, gushy and a traditional sap when it comes to Christmas.
Just don’t call me an objectivist who follows the ethics of rational self-interest this time of year.
I cherish the Christmas season too much, and I can’t apply even rational philosophy to the innocence and joy of a season that wafts through my mind and memory like the fragrance of a Jefferson pine forest. I believe in the lyrics of the Christmas carols and the lesson of the Christmas Story. I believe it all.
The esteemed author who wrote the other piece on today’s Opinions page has a different take. He looks at the season through a prism of ideology he associates with the late Ayn Rand, a superb novelist, author and philosopher. I’m not criticizing Peter Schwartz, a distinguished fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and the author of the forthcoming “In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice Is Unjust and Destructive.”
We just enjoy the season differently.
The Telegraph (Macon, GA)
Titles such as “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand and “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells are among the audio books in the science fiction category for adults.