Campaign for America’s Future
One might expect that Ayn Rand devotee Eddie Lampert, the CEO presiding over the disintegration of the once-great Sears and Kmart retail stores, would be a zealot when it comes to wriggling out of paying taxes to the governments that serve and protect his properties.
But let’s not kid ourselves. What he extracts out of state governments to subsidize his failing empire isn’t “economic development.” It’s more like a rich bully running an extortion racket…
Time Out New York
…Will Gluck’s thoroughly modern Annie is a candied corporate fantasia that could only take place in Taylor Swift’s New York. Although the film might have been a fun holiday diversion, its admirably revisionist spirit is undermined by the same proto-Randian contempt for the poor that first defined the story of America’s most optimistic orphan when she was introduced in a 1924 comic strip.
So you want to know why Mitt Romney and a host of other politicians-cum-businessmen are so into Ms. Rand? So you’re a little curious about the uncomfortable sex scenes? Read the e-book!
Leitch argues that time will solve all imbalances, and separately calls Mark Cuban’s (incredibly self-serving) plan to move the Texas teams to the East “Ayn Randian.” I’d actually argue nothing could be more Ayn Randian than letting the invisible hand of time correct the imbalance! We know how that philosophy works, right?
A business can be more or less “conscious”. Consciousness can be viewed along a number of different dimensions. Take Fred Kofman’s, quotes from the Ayn-Rand-acolyte Nathaniel Branden, who died earlier this month and whose broad view of consciousness went beyond this simplistic “good and kind” definition used by so many…
Ayn Rand, in her book, Atlas Shrugged, wrote: ..”when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from those who produce nothing – … you know your society is doomed.”
The Government limiting the truck driver to 70 hours of work over 8 days reminds of that very quote from Atlas Shrugged.
Today’s most distracting read is undoubtedly the University of Chicago’s John Paul Rollert writing at the Atlantic about a conference on Objectivism (put on by the Stalinists of Objectivism, the Ayn Rand Institute) he attended last summer in Las Vegas.