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Tuesday 20 May 2014
Positive
Rusty Humphries, Washington Times

Never stop learning, because an autodidactic is fantastic. Read the Holy Bible or “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, or “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, or works by other great minds, continue your learning and growth. A shallow person believes he has learned it all.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 20 May 2014
Saturday 29 June 2013
Negative
Alan Scherstuhl, LA Weekly

Others hem and haw over its trickle-down effect: With the wealthy locked down in their homes, it’s the poor who tend to die on purge night, often at the hands of gangs of “hunters” sporting Occupy-like masks and shouting things like “Die, homeless pig!” The movie disapproves of this behavior, of course, but lends it ugly credence in the implication that the economy is booming thanks to the elimination of what Paul Ryan would call “the takers.” Here at last is the inevitable crossover between Atlas Shrugged and Bumfights.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 05 Jun 2013
Sunday 09 June 2013
Positive
Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily

Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, has launched a lawsuit against Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, NSA chief Keith Alexander, Verizon Communications chief Lowell McAdam and their agencies over the government’s massive data-mining project utilizing the private phone records of Verizon customers.…

“There is no doubt that this massive illegal seizure had to be authorized and approved at the highest levels of the executive branch, which necessarily leads to the president, attorney general and the director of the NSA,” Klayman said.

“These violations of free speech, prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure, and due process rights are unprecedented in American history. They make the fictional scenarios depicted in the literary works of George Orwell’s ‘Big Brother’ and Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ look tame, particularly when coupled with other burgeoning government scandals concerning the IRS, the equally illegal seizure of phone records of Fox News and AP, and other abuses of power.”

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 05 Jun 2013
Friday 07 June 2013
Positive
Tim Greene, Network World

Tallinn says that in the world of business he most respects Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. “It’s uncanny how much he resembles Hank Rearden!” he writes. Rearden is a fictional character in the Ayn Rand novel “Atlas Shrugged” who founds a steel company that develops an alloy stronger than steel.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 07 Jun 2013
Positive
The Examiner

…receive one entry into a drawing for one of five scholarships. And if you miss a question, you can try again! Deadline: August 28, 2013. 3. The Ayn Rand Institute sponsors a number of essay contests, the last of which is based on Atlas Shrugged. High school seniors, undergrads and graduate…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 07 Jun 2013
Positive
MarketWatch

…Jun 03, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) – What: Six days of engaging talks, panel discussions, events and entertainment all centered on the ideas of Ayn Rand Where: The Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel 909 N. Michigan…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2013
Negative
Jill Stewart, LA Weekly - Blog

…on whether the Koch Brothers might buy the Los Angeles Times. Today the brothers released a statement – OK, a lecture – straight from the pages of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. They want you to know that they don’t give a rip about protests against them. They care only about whether the L.A. Times is a…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
Thursday 06 June 2013
Positive
Art Carden, Library of Economics and Liberty - EconLog

Atlas Shrugged (again; warning: CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS). I’m teaching what we call an “Oxbridge Tutorial” on the Moral Foundations of Capitalism in Spring 2014. This will be central to the course. I’ve been tinkering with an article on Atlas for years. After I finally finished The Brothers Karamazov and read Crime and Punishment about a year ago, I understand Rand-the-novelist a lot more. As for Rand-the-philosopher and Rand the thinker with a sound grasp of general equilibrium economics and public choice theory, I refer you to co-blogger Bryan Caplan’s excellent posts from 2005 (start here). There is much to like in Atlas, but there are two passages I find most gripping and most heartbreaking: the tunnel disaster and the death of the young man Rearden (non-)affectionately called “Non-Absolute.” Can you figure out why?

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
Positive
Dolly A. Butz, Sioux City Journal (IA)

[Rebecca Rose] finished the “Hunger Games” trilogy and is currently reading late Russian-American philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.” Rand’s fourth and final novel, published in the late 1950s, centers on a dystopian United States, where increased taxation and government regulations have forced its most productive citizens to disappear, leading industries to close and society to collapse. The book is based on Rand’s philosophy known as “Objectivism,” which asserts that reality exists independent of man’s consciousness.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
Positive
Art Carden, Library of Economics and Liberty - EconLog

…these externalities will be internalized by property and sales tax collections. Something more is at issue here, I think. In his money speech in Atlas Shrugged, Francisco d'Anconia counsels:

Run for your your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.

I would add to that claims from “community leaders” about “preserving the character of the community.”

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Negative
Paul Krugman, New York Times - The Conscience of a Liberal

We have a modern GOP in which Paul Ryan is considered a policy wonk, the leading intellectual among elected officials — and he gets his ideas about monetary policy by quoting from Atlas Shrugged.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2013
Mixed
Gwen Knapp, Sports On Earth

The collection includes short stories with a science-fiction bent, one about time travel and another on the Fermi Paradox, and an assessment of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” which as a fan of liberty, [Chris] Kluwe felt compelled to read.

“She drives me crazy,” he said, shaking his head and laughing. “I really felt like she bludgeoned me with words, over and over. And one of the topics in my book is that (with) this idea of John Galt, Ayn Rand got very close to a good idea, but she never included empathy, which is why her characters are soulless automotons who would never function in the real world. John Galt is someone who doesn’t survive in the real world because he doesn’t take into account everybody around him.”

He laughed a lot, whether discussing the inevitable collapse of any society that doesn’t support what he calls “rational empathy” or demonstrating the wave he plans to use as grand marshal at the Twin Cities LGBT Pride parade.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2013