Great Falls Tribune (MT)
The tea party divides us between “makers” and “takers” and designates government an enemy and hindrance to individual liberty in a strange mix that is in many respects an Ayn Rand social Darwinism and Nietzsche “Übermensch” concoction. This ideology bears little or no resemblance to the enlightenment of the Founding…
When I was in my teens, I read Ayn Rand and became enamored of Barry Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative. Mom would have none of it. One day as I was spouting off about individualism and the evils of government, my mother pointed a disapproving finger in my face and told me “if it weren’t for Social Security survivor benefits [which I had been receiving since my father’s death when I was 15], you’d be out working right now instead of being in school”; and if it weren’t for the New York State scholarship you’d won, we wouldn’t have been able to afford to send you to college". She concluded with “don’t deny to others what you take for yourself”. The phase through which I had been going was typical stuff for teens – a kind of infantile narcissism where you think only of yourself. Mom’s injunction was, in short, to grow up, get over my self-absorption, and see the bigger picture of benefits we receive from and the responsibilities we have toward others. My rebellion was short-lived.
While “shared prosperity” sounds an awful lot like Karl Marx’s “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs,” or perhaps “The Preservation of Livelihood Law” and “The Fair Share Law” from one of the more depressing chapters Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, what it means in Obama-speak is an illegal executive amnesty…
High ideals and love on the rocks (quite literally, as our hero works in a quarry) are the order of the day in a film shamelessly “towering to new dramatic heights” in Vidor’s melodramatic adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel about principled artist Howard Roark, who refuses to compromise his integrity designing antiquated architecture, preferring instead to break his back in obscurity than conform to the norm.
The American Conservative - Gracy Olmstead
Others whose work I haven’t yet read in depth, but who are at the top of my list:
Simone de Beauvoir
Let me know if there are other women authors who have been significant to you…
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla, AK)
“I believe in the philosophy of Objectivism and Ayn Rand and free enterprise capitalism and I operate from a premise that reason is the only absolute,” Salmon said. “I operate from that premise of reality. I’m not interested in wishes and dreams…