Inside Higher Ed
The difficulty with sets of guiding principles, of course, is that for them to be truly effective, they need to be deeply imbued with a society and its members. One current set of guiding principles in this country is rarely spoken except by self-proclaimed Objectivists, and might (in the worst possible light) be boiled down to “get as much as you can, as fast as you can, and then make sure you hold onto it”. But a broader set, a more profound set, and historically a more deeply influential set can be said to exist within the (various versions of the) Ten Commandments.
A lot of pro sports teams take up a lot of space in their home cities, especially when that city has the convivial feel of a small town. But this week has been off the charts for the Oilers.
It’s Brigadoon meets The Fountainhead meets That Championship Season.
The Independent (London)
Supercrash…skilfully synthesises in three parts the causes and costs of the 2008 financial crisis. Cunningham dissects its origins in the influence of Russian-born champion of objectivism, Ayn Rand. In recounting her life story and her effect on loyal followers, in particular Alan Greenspan, who played a crucial role in triggering the crisis, Cunningham questions Rand’s denial of any links between her life and her anti-collectivism, anti-taxation philosophy.
…comic series. 3D models of Plato, Karl Marx, Ayn Rand, and Bodhidharma will be available for download on Solidoodle.com. The characters will be on display at New York Comic Con October 9-12 in New…
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
Sometimes I think the fact that so many Christians slavishly devote themselves to Ayn Rand is part of her infernal punishment. I imagine Satan periodically delivering her reams of praise for her work, all of it penned by delusional Christianist libertarian types. Thumbing through it on the way to her cell, I suspect the Prince of Darkness would be pleased, in part because the arguments so weak, and he loves lies; and in part because Rand is still doing the work of the devil posthumously, convincing Christians of her corrupt worldview. “Thanks for the hand, Rand,” I imagine him saying, while she despairs that all her would-be Galts are just doughy Christianists who hate income taxes.
There are few things more indicative of the advanced state of disease in “conservative” Christian circles than the embarrrassing and disgusting fascination with enemy of God Ayn Rand. The spectacle of watching Catholics twist themselves into pretzels trying to pretend she was “Aristotle” to Paul Ryan’s “St. Thomas” was one of the most appalling and ridiculous farces of the 2012 election.
Five years ago, I wrote a column that earned more hate mail than all of my other columns combined. It wasn’t about an emotionally charged issue like abortion, euthanasia, or gay marriage. Nor did it advocate something dreadful like malls putting up Christmas decorations before Halloween, call for Oprah quotes on Starbucks cups, or applaud the practice of regularly reclining one’s seat in the economy-class “knee-cruncher” section of an airplane. It also, I might add, did not mention the band Nickelback.
What it did discuss was Ayn Rand.