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Friday 07 June 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 5 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2013
Monday 03 June 2013
Negative
Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog

Steve Milloy, a tobacco industry front man-turned-fossil fuel industry front man, wrote two favorable reviews for Fox News. The Salt Institute and Atlas Society (named after Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”) echoed Milloy’s efforts.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2013
Positive
Yahoo Finance

…- June 03, 2013) - 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 Avenue  Chicago, IL 60611  When:  July 5-11, 2013…

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2013
Saturday 01 June 2013
Positive
Shubhangni Gupta, CoolAge

…scores over the storyline, where the ethos and the weight of the characters are carried forward by their ideology and not what they do next. Ayn Rand is one such author. Author of phenomenal books like We the Living, Atlas Shrugged and Anthem, Rand was able to reach heights of literary success…

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 01 Jun 2013