Sympathizers consider Ryan an intellectual (don’t conservatives hate the breed?). But his shopworn orthodoxy was discredited before 1900. It’s simple-minded, laissez-faire social Darwinism, second-hand from the atheist cult novelist Ayn Rand: privatize everything, everyone for himself, vouchers for the well-off. Ryan imbibes this intellectual moonshine like it’s biblical.
All that’s beneficial, fair and uncorrupted in America’s framework was put there by liberals and Democrats…
Morello saw a thing he didn’t like and assumed the person responsible was a puppy-murdering, Ayn Rand-worshipping Nickelback fan.
The impulse to list great conservative or libertarian films is maddeningly thwarted; before being aborted, or crashing on the rocks of movies made from Ayn Rand novels, such efforts often turn up the Will Smith vehicle The Pursuit of Happyness…
On his show this week, John Oliver wanted to know how Ayn Rand is still a thing. He used a clip of Paul Ryan praising Rand, but on HuffPost Live, Ryan said he never actually agreed with Rand’s philosophy itself.
In the Last Week Tonight bit, the voiceover points out that Rand was both pro-choice and anti-religion.
I’m not here to defend Uber against all charges of shady dealings. CEO Travis Kalanick is a ruthless Randian with a penchant for fighting dirty. And to the extent that Uber is becoming an integral part of some cities’ transportation systems, there’s a legitimate concern that we risk replacing essential public infrastructure with a private service that prices out the poor.
But that sort of thoughtful critique requires you to draw a distinction between monopolistic price gouging and everyday price signaling…
In a CAD rendering for one new tower, a single heroic figure wearing a white linen suit stands in silhouette on a cantilevered balcony, sipping a mojito and watching the sunset over Biscayne Bay. He is the Architect, the new Howard Roark, oblivious and unaware of the rising waters and social unrest brewing down below. Within this sunny, plenoptic Fountainhead, the moody charcoal chiaroscuro that Hugh Ferriss popularized in his Depression-era renderings of a future New York has been replaced by a shadowless empire awash in waves of translucent blue pixels.
Radical Republicans own the party and are pursuing a Galt’s Gulch-like “utopia” first sketched out by extremists like Ayn Rand. Governor Sam Brownback is one of several Republican governors trying…
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Mr. Hurley attempts to make the case for a middle ground between individualism, conflating it as solitary, or as others do, selfish, and on the other hand, communism. He proceeds to quote Ayn Rand, and suggest she slept during her science classes because she apparently was not aware of the zoological division of species into two broad species, 80 percent in the solitary category, and 20 percent in the social category, man included in this category.
Whether Ms. Rand slept or not is neither here nor there. What is significant…