While this is leaning towards the Horatio Alger and Ayn Rand enthusiasts among our more intellectually hoodwinked American constituents (and yes, Mark Cuban loves Atlas Shrugged, even though we usually like what he says), it’s her comprehension of the American philosophy supporting the Adam Smith-laced American Dream that’s been decidedly lacking among the NBPA crowd.
[Jeff Daiell:] I began to reject government coercion on economics, and eventually realized, with a lot of help from Ayn Rand that civil liberties were just as important as free markets; I soon began to realize that peace was the indispensable third side of the Human-Rights tripod.
Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban says the debate over net neutrality reminds him of something out of an Ayn Rand novel. Cuban, as he is sometimes wont to do, took to Twitter Thursday to make his case.
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Cuban wants to make sure his 2.5 million Twitter followers know that President Obama’s proposed net neutrality regulations threaten the objectivist paradise that is the contemporary United States. Not allowing Internet service providers to throttle individuals’ access to content the service providers don’t like will, obviously, further abet the country’s slipping into what is soon to be full-blown socialism.
At least the Mavericks’ owner’s perspective is more informed than Cruz’s.
It all started with the T-shirt below, which exhibits a feminist appropriation of an Ayn Rand quote. Big news! Détournement! Or is it? It seems that the original phrasing was twisted a little — edited, if you will — into the form you see on the shirt. The words on the shirt, in other words, are not the words in the book. The quotation on the T-shirt is a misquotation.
Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban treated the world to a brief tweetstorm on the subject of President Obama’s net neutrality proposals this afternoon. Suffice it to say that he is not a big fan. In fact, he thinks it’s like something out of an Ayn Rand novel: What’s definitely true is that debates over broadband internet infrastructure and the regulation of its owners play a similar role in 21st Century politics to what railroad regulation debates were all about 100 years ago. Perhaps some people will agree that Progressive-era rail regulation plunged the country into Rand-style dystopia but I don’t quite see it.
This led then to a Twitter rant in which Cuban argued that net neutrality was something straight out of Ayn Rand’s novel, ”Atlas Shrugged.”
We’ll leave you to be the judge as to whether we are entering Ayn Rand’s dystopia.
Warrick Publishing (Boonville, IN)
Lower the lights and turn off any cell phones because for their fall production, Boonville High School presents “Night of January 16th” by Ayn Rand.
I can see Bob Murphy of the Mises Institute (the prosecuting attorney) asking Greenspan, “At what point in your career on Wall Street did you meet up with Mephistopheles and decide to renounce your mentor Ayn Rand and your support of sound money [gold] and sell your soul to the Devil himself, the Federal Reserve?” Gary Alexander did ask a similar question more politely in New Orleans, and Greenspan answered, “I never changed my philosophy or my views, but in the real world, everything has to be compromised.”
ptleader.com (Port Townsend, WA)
The plays are “Night of January 16th” by Ayn Rand, a courtroom drama with 14 speaking characters, both male and female, and a few nonspeaking roles…
Throughout the book, Epstein, who credits novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand for informing many of his political views, emphasizes that people should be concerned with maximizing their well-being, not focusing on their impact on the planet. “Whether to actively preserve a species or not should be made with reference to a human standard of value,” he writes. “There is no inherent reason to think that the extinction of any given plant or animal is bad for humans. We should focus on maximizing our benefits. That can be the removal of a direct threat, such as making bears nonexistent where our kids go to school.”
Peter O'Leary, managing director, the US:
Our start-up, Bookbag, is sponsoring this event. We make it easier for learners and teachers to connect, and we focus mostly on language. Users build up a profile, and say what they want to learn, and then we match them with teachers in their area. I got rid of a bunch of business books. There’s a wide array of books here. I picked up an Ayn Rand to reread.