Sunday 09 November 2014
Vivian Hughbanks, Hillsdale Collegian (Hillsdale College, MI)
Rush   Positive  

Neal Peart of Rush has often been called a modern day stoic (he is even mentioned in our Western Heritage reader as such). Ayn Rand and liber­tar­ianism have heavily influenced Peart, which is blatantly clear in Rush’s lyrics, espe­cially in songs like “2112,” “Anthem,” “Something for Nothing,” “Freewill,” “Tom Sawyer,” and many others. Rush lyrics often tell a story while expounding the classical liberal ideals of freedom and personal respon­si­bility. The chorus of “Something for Nothing” says, “You don’t get something for nothing / You can’t have freedom for free / You won’t get wise / With the sleep still in your eyes / No matter what your dream might be.” This song could be Hillsdale’s theme song.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
Martha Shanahan, The Keene Sentinel (NH)

One speaker, Lauren Rumpler, makes YouTube videos under the user name “Objectivist Girl,” in which she praises the theories of Ayn Rand. In one video she sets fire to a handful of $1 bills to make a point about Bitcoin.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Nov 2014

Just occasionally, the world could do with a little more selfishness. Not in the Ayn Rand sense, but in the sense of speaking up and admitting one’s likes and dislikes.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 09 Nov 2014
Alan Greenspan, Zero Hedge

…by Alan Greenspan Published in Ayn Rand’s “Objectivist” newsletter in 1966, and reprinted in her book, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, in 1967. An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Nov 2014
Thomas Frank, Salon

Tea Partyers figured out a way to oppose the bailouts even though Republicans had passed them. They mimicked the protest fashions of the 1930s even though that was a period uniquely lousy for Republicans. They screamed about what they called “the ruling class” even though their bad ideas would only empower our economic rulers. And taking the novels of Ayn Rand as inspiration, they hijacked the populist sensibility on behalf of the “job creators” — the poor, disrespected billionaires, your comrades in suffering.

In their mission of rescuing free-market orthodoxy after free-market orthodoxy had crashed the global economy, the Tea Party succeeded.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 09 Nov 2014
Saturday 08 November 2014
Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

While mankind faces slow starvation, Big Government takes our taxes and teaches our kids that the Apollo moon landings were faked. Boo! Hiss! Thanks for nothing, Obama! Fortunately, NASA has gone underground as a noble brotherhood of aloof technocrats who dare to make Big Plans for the future in their remote secret bunker. Only they can save humanity with their heroic individualism and rugged pioneer spirit….. wait, does any of this sound familiar? Has Nolan been reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Nov 2014
DocMartin, Daily Kos

[Democrats] brandished their support for the positions of the NRA. They never mentioned the shredding by Republicans of the social contract in favor of the Hobbesian individualism of Ayn Rand. So why would Democratic voters turn out to elect these cowards?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Nov 2014
Calhoun Times (GA)

Of special note, “Night of January 16th” was originally performed in Rome in 1982 at the historic Floyd County Courthouse. Virginia M. McChesney directed the production and Sherry M. Childs played the role of Karen Andre. Ms. McChesney is directing this production and Childs will again be portraying Karen Andre. In an odd coincidence, Ted King portrayed “Guts” Regan in his high school senior play 50 years ago at Calhoun High School. He is playing the role for a second time in this production. And for one more coincidence, Calhoun High School teacher Michael Hillman is portraying defense attorney Stevens. His father portrayed the role of the judge in a Utica, N.Y., production of the play during the 1950s.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Nov 2014
Jewish Journal

“Cronyism,” a new rallying cry in all political quarters, is now being offered as a reason not only to restrict free speech but to impose “income equality” on the grounds that the rich obtain their wealth only through “gaming” the system. Is there any truth to the claims that our government is corrupt and cronyism rampant? The answer is yes, but not in the way that proponents of more government power claim. This talk will explore the true nature of government corruption and cronyism, how it manifests itself in various ways, its consequences, and what to do about it.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Nov 2014
Friday 07 November 2014
CSUF News (CA State U, Fullerton)

The European Studies Society and the Philosophy Club host a debate titled “Capitalism: A Moral Issue?” Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. in Portola Pavilion A of the Titan Student Union. Don Watkins of the Ayn Rand Institute, a strong opponent of the welfare state, will square off against critical theorist Douglas Kellner, the George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Matt Paprocki, Blogcritics

Johnathan Irons doesn’t want soldiers controlled by instinct. His Wi-Fi regulated warriors are more profitable. Naming his capitalism utopia Atlas, partly after the ponderous anti-government Ayn Rand novel, Irons becomes a sniveling, vindictive opponent of regulatory bodies.
Advance Warfare thus turns into an opposing statement on selling war, seemingly without noticing Call of Duty’s own lucrativeness is doing the same thing. Whether an entertainment venue or private military contractor is irrelevant; they both exist to glamorize the unglamorous.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post

Although some have compared the philosophy behind the Church of Satan to a sort of Ayn Randian Libertarianism (there are certainly strong resonances between the two), the group avoids the association.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014