Vineyard Haven: Classic Film Night: “The Fountainhead (1949),” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
That may have been the motivation for the 2013 resolution passed by the ASUCD Senate, Senate Resolution 21, which sought to condemn and identify Islamophobic speech at the UC Davis. The resolution, which was passed after a controversial Ayn Rand Society event on radical Islam, “Islamists Rising,” was held, defined Islamophobia as “the irrational fear of Islam, Muslims or anything related to the Islamic or Arab cultures and traditions.” The authors of the resolution wished to use the resolution to suppress speech by critics of radical Islam, and were successful in categorizing any view about Islam with which they did not agree to be outside the bounds of acceptable speech.
CT spoke with Nathan Wosnack, Chief Operations Officer of uBitquity about the former Chairman’s statements. “Greenspan’s comments at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York regarding Quantitative Easing are factually correct,” said Nathan. “There is no way to unwind the stimulus without causing turmoil in the financial markets. As an Ayn Rand acolyte, he knows better.”
[Q:] Who is your favourite writer? [A:] Ayn Rand, without a doubt. She has inspired generations and is absolutely timeless to say the least.
RS: Well a few points I guess. I think Capitalism has a strong utopian streak à la Ayn Rand. So that when Ron Paul talks about capitalism as the ‘perfect market’ it is something that has never existed and can never exist. All capitalism is crony capitalism just that some forms of it are more overt than other forms. Once you have a system based on everyone seeking individual advantage you have an in-built tendency towards monopoly and the arbitrary use of power.
…they have performed at the Apollo, illustrated Ayn Rand, open vintage shops, traveled to Paris. Advanced Style, the movie, made me cry with happiness: for one, older women aren’t often shown in such a…
Immigration reform? Maybe, but on Republicans’ terms. The Keystone XL pipeline? Built. Regulations that bring out the Ayn Rand in every conservative? Dead, at least for a time.
Ayn Randian golem Donald Trump has paused from scratching his name into the digital and physical landscape to announce a new season of Celebrity Apprentice, the NBC reality show that invites stars to compete to impress a businessman who’s driven his companies to bankruptcy four times and picks embarrassingly public fights with everyone from the President to ordinary rabble on Twitter.
It’s no accident that Ayn Rand chose to make the hero of The Fountainhead an architect. Rand may take individualism too far, but that doesn’t dismiss the fact that architects literally leave their personalities on our landscape as few others can.
Perhaps what is hated even more than the idea of individualism, is its main propagator in the 20th century. Ayn Rand, the Jewish girl that immigrated from the ills of Soviet Russia, to the wealth and opportunity of the United States, had professed a new type of philosophy that placed man and woman, and their rationality, as the center of all moral and ethical bearings. Perhaps, even more interestingly it gave people the confidence to assert themselves with self-esteem as the most important factor in their lives.
High tech CEOs aren’t particularly known as big givers to charitable causes. Some of this might be perception (Steve Jobs, for instance, gave secretly) but there are plenty of high tech winners who feel that “changing the world” is more than enough.
High tech CEOs also seem more likely than execs in other industries to be fans of Ayn Rand, who rather famously said: “My views on charity are very simple. I do not consider it a major virtue and, above all, I do not consider it a moral duty.”
There are, however, some big (and I mean really big) exceptions to the “high tech CEOs are cheapskates” rule.
…the only two candidates in the only election that counts today and in every other election this century are: Adam Smith, a moral philosopher and father of American capitalism thanks to the publication of his classics on economics, “The Wealth of Nations,” and its companion “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.” Adam Smith’s opponent on the ballot is his archrival, Ayn Rand, author of several 20th century works on capitalism, including “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”