You claim to be a gun-worshipping, Ayn Rand-style rugged individualist, and you may live out on some scrap of what remains of the “frontier” in your part of rural America, and you may even have a picture on your wall of a cowboy or, grotesquely, a Native American, yet you vote Republican, the very group that…fosters the soulless corporate automaton subordinated entirely to corporate greed, with your corporate gods operating largely in big cities, Wall St., or even abroad.
Comic Book Resources
The Question, who saw the world in black and white (in a nod to his Ditkoesque Randian comic book origins) in his earlier superhero days, explains the “spectrum of choices” and how they relate to the development of society…
Noozhawk (Santa Barbara, CA)
…admiration for the ruthless individualist is reflected in Rand’s two major novels, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). In these two massive volumes of fiction, the protagonists are brilliant, driven men who single-mindedly pursue their visions of excellence — one as an architect, the other as a steel magnate — while having to fight off the efforts of weaker, smaller-minded individuals and governments to prevent them from realizing their dreams.
Small wonder, then, that Rand’s followers see environmentalism not as an effort to save and preserve the only planet we have for future generations, but as a sinister, communist inspired plot…
The New Yorker
I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.
“Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”
“What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”
“Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”
Srinivasan and Raman have earned support at the BCCI by wringing extra cash from the ICC; the latter was, among other things, chief draftsman of the restructuring’s working paper, a document replete with MBA jargon and pervaded by logic to make Ayn Rand look like a bleeding heart.
Inside Higher Ed
As far as I know – and I’m open to correction on this – ECMC has not allied itself with any particular pedagogical movement or philosophy. This isn’t Founders College, the short-lived attempt to base a college on the writings of Ayn Rand. If it doesn’t have a profit motive, or a religious motive, or a philosophical motive, or a pedagogical motive, what is it trying to achieve?
East Bay Express (Emeryville, CA)
Ortberg draws from well-known literary figures and books (Jane Eyre, obvs., along with Sherlock Holmes, Atlas Shrugged, The Hunger Games)…