New York Times
It was also in Kips Bay that Ms. Grant was able to fully embrace her passion for the teachings of Ayn Rand, who lived in nearby Murray Hill, famously holding smoke-filled salons for her acolytes, a congregation she dubbed the Collective. A young Alan Greenspan, the future Federal Reserve chairman and a favorite of Rand’s, and Nathaniel Branden, one of her most prominent disciples, would attend. One essay about those times describes how a “typical New York Randian, upon his or her conversion, would leave his parents and find an apartment as close to Rand as possible.” The article added that “virtually the entire New York movement” lived within a few square blocks.
Vivian Greczka also changed her name to the more Randian-sounding Vivian Grant, as was customary. Beyond personal accounts of the salon, not much is known of Ms. Grant’s involvement with Rand’s circle; she was most likely Junior Collective and not a part of the circle closest to the author. In any event, it would not be long before her appointment with Dr. Friedman.
The movement he helped build in the months before the Iraq war had an impact way beyond its raw street power because people like Mike acted like the shaped charge that blows a hole in the side of a tank; the tank here being the establishment. It has never recovered from the moral defeat of the Iraq war and that is an historic achievement for all who engineered that. Against that, the failed struggle to stop Labour falling into the hands of Randian technocrats pales into insignificance.
Yes. The parent is worried that the book portrays women as pathetic sexual objects AND suggests Ayn Rand as a replacement. And to teach quality writing, she’d also be happy with a book by Ben Carson, who admitted to and apologized for multiple instances of plagiarism in that tome. But don’t you go thinking that the parent’s objections are political, no not at all. They just want the sensitive darlings of Highland Park to have access to high-quality writing. By rightwing hacks.
“Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.”–Ayn Rand, For The New Intellectual.
What is a Lithuanian-born, Ayn Rand-quoting, Computer Science and software engineer doing to re-think the software design and development consulting business? Aurimas Adomavicius and his four partners (all Lithuanian-born) created Devbridge Group to not only bring their clients a higher level of craftsmanship in building software solutions, but to also provide an unusual business model that focuses on providing full transparency in its billing and customer service. … Like one of Ayn Rand’s characters, Adomavicius and his partners founded their own business based on the shared belief in fighting back against mediocrity.
The Daily Item (Sunbury, PA)
…high regard for personal autonomy gave rise to the rugged individualism that’s deeply embedded and largely unchallenged in western democracies like France and the U.S. Popular culture is studded with homages to it: the self-reliant cowboy loner, the Gauloises-smoking and moody French artist, Ayn Randian captains of industry, the fiercely independent yeoman, the little guy who takes on City Hall.
But the modern secular era’s embrace of individualism comes with a hefty price: the erosion of community.
On the one hand, Governor Daniels was lamenting the lack of enrichment for the poor and middle class in this, the now longest recovery in U.S. history. But then his party was spouting Ayn Rand and calling poor people “takers,” as well as every veteran who draws a government check or benefit. It was later that years when we were treated to Romney’s “47 percent” vignette.