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Bringing Ayn Rand’s vision to the screen with all the licensed stock footage, community-theater acting, and state-park locations that a very small amount of money can buy, Aglialoro and director James Manera have created one of the definitive cut-rate movies—a film that achieves the improbable by resembling a mockbuster knock-off of itself. From its flubbed lines (“It’s like I can’t believe you alive!” could be this generation’s “Time for go to bed”) to its sub-Wiseau utility-closet sex scene, this is a film so shoddy that it almost qualifies as a must-see.
In the midst of a hostage situation in downtown Sydney, Australia, Ayn Rand’s favorite car service, Uber, turned on its wildly expensive surge pricing for customers trying to get away from the armed siege. And lest you think this was the fault of an insensitive algorithm that detected high demand, the company tweeted that it was aware of the attack and had raised prices for the fleeing people’s own good.
Sports On Earth
“Cuban’s plan would only be temporary, subject to revision as the league’s balance of power shifts, he says. “A shakeup will create interest,” Cuban says. “And after five years, you can learn and adjust from there."”
Well, yes, it might create interest … it would create the interest of people noticing that the rules are changed to benefit Mark Cuban, and then potentially changed back when they no longer benefit Mark Cuban. How Ayn Randian!
Not all arguments are as blatantly self-interested or as wildly fluctuating as Cuban’s, but they come from the same place: Currently, things are like this, so rather than wait for them to change (or, more accurately, allow the human beings in charge work to make them change), let’s artificially shift it around for temporary satisfaction.
The Atlantic Monthly
The day that I attended, ARI’s in-house philosopher, Onkar Ghate, provided an overview of Objectivism’s central tenets. It included terms like “psycho-epistemology” and other doctrinal patois that modern philosophers favor to give even the most mundane claims a metaphysical sheen, yet it also addressed, rather nakedly, the self-help impulse that accounts, in large part, for Rand’s continued popularity.
Happiness, Ghate explained, is the “moral purpose” of life, and the role of philosophy in that quest is to ensure that you are “fully thinking” about the views that inundate you on a daily basis. The opinions of others—whether they involve art, politics, ethics, or even personal priorities—have a tendency to shape you, so you must be on your guard. Philosophy will help you to assess these views so that you choose “the right ones and get rid of the wrong ones,” assembling a sound set of beliefs that will guide you in determining how to spend your days.
…policy. Equal parts Milton Friedman monetarism and Ayn Randian libertarianism, Free Market Fundamentalism has been successful at rolling back federal (and state-level) regulation of the economy (those who…