And that’s where The Sims just works astoundingly well, as a massive sandbox where there are no limits. It’s the Ayn Rand fairy tale of games, an experience where your hard work eventually pays off and you rise to the top. But to do so, you’re going to have to know your character inside and out. You’re going to have to monitor their needs, take advantage of bouts of manic inspiration and keep the anthropomorphic Lemmings in line.
Montrose Daily Press
In reading Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in One Lesson” (Ayn Rand is featured on the cover with the statement, “A magnificent job of theoretical exposition”), I’ve been puzzled over the argument that increased mechanization in manufacturing does not have an adverse effect on employment.
Express-News (San Antonio, TX)
Extravagant, opulent, and over-the-top, Houmas House showcases the lavish lifestyle of a sugar baron. “The Sugar Palace” is overflowing with Kelly’s obsessive collection of fine antiques, precious objects of art and oddities, including a Civil War-era submersible torpedo boat, voodoo death mask and vampire slaying kit that once belonged to Ayn Rand.
It’s like the bogus conflict of the individual versus society. What’s with the versus? Individuals can only flourish in strong collectivities where the basics are looked after and personal gifts can then be nurtured. You’d need your Ayn Rand ideological blinders on to think otherwise.
Commonweal - dotCommonweal
A year after Witness was published and two years before his articles and reviews begain appearing in a new publication called the National Review (where he would write his famous take-down of Ayn Rand), Whittaker Chambers wrote an essay about St. Benedict…
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (PG-13 for violence and sexuality) Third installment in the ambitious adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1,200-page opus stars Kristoffer Polaha as the title character, the man supplying the answer for the nation’s impending economic collapse. Featuring Stephen Tobolowosky, Rob Morrow and Laura Regan.
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Boaz Arad, director of the Ayn Rand Center in Israel, co-founder of the New Liberal Movement, and a member of the Movement for a Professional Army, outlines the financial, social and operational benefits of a professional army.
Harvard Business Review
The most breathtaking element of the Uber standard operating formula is to argue, as the company’s top executives regularly do, that no laws apply to the company. Why? Because – get this – the sharing economy wasn’t invented yet when the relevant laws and regulations for taxicabs were written. Ayn Rand must feel like resurrecting herself in excitement.
NOTEWORTHY: The last installment of Atlas Shrugged, based on the seminal Ayn Rand book, opened this weekend. Here are the numbers:
Atlas Shrugged (Atlas 3), 242 theaters / 177K Fri. / 3-day cume: 530K / Per screen average: $2,194 / Wk 1.
Los Angeles Times
In 2012, the nuns and their bus toured nine states to protest cuts in social spending proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a bete noire for liberal Catholics. As the Blues Brothers would put it, they were on a mission from God to smite Randian economics.
The Guardian (London)
Janie Jenkins, narrator-heroine of her whip-smart debut Dear Daughter (Harvill Secker, £12.99), is terrifying company, and not just because she might have killed her mother. Her wit is bitter and devastating, her put-downs Pulitzer-worthy. (My favourite, to her lawyer: “Call me Becky and I’m telling People magazine your favourite book’s The Fountainhead.”)