Tuesday 08 November 2016

…and rings on my toes. Back in the United States, Ayn Rand had just published Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Her Atlas Shrugged had come out a decade earlier, and The Fountainhead, a decade and a half…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 08 Nov 2016
Tuesday 06 September 2016
DrHurd, DrHurd.com - Daily Dose of Reason

…to it by the citizens for a specific purpose. — Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal Follow Dr. Hurd on Facebook. Search under “Michael  Hurd” (Rehoboth Beach DE). Get…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 06 Sep 2016
Friday 03 June 2016
Geoffrey Pike, Wealth Daily

In 1966, Greenspan wrote an essay called “Gold and Economic Freedom,” published in Ayn Rand’s book Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Greenspan laid out the case for economic freedom and linked it with the use of gold as money.

Greenspan wrote: “In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation though inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold.”

This is one of the best short essays I have seen on the subject.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2016
Sunday 15 May 2016
Richard M. Ebeling, Capitalism Magazine

When I was about seventeen, and living in Hollywood, I met two men who introduced me to the works of Ayn Rand. I ran into them at a restaurant called “Hody’s” that was at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. Drawing me into a conversation, they asked if I had ever heard of Ayn Rand. I replied that I had heard of the Rand Corporation, but was an “Ayn”?

They handed me a copy of Ayn Rand’s Capitalism: the Unknown Ideal, and told me to read it and come back in three days. I did, and we met. I found her case for capitalism transformative. They then handed me a copy of her book, The Virtue of Selfishness, and again told me to read it and come back in three days. I did and we met again. They now handed me a paperback copy of Atlas Shrugged. My heart sank…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 15 May 2016
Saturday 14 May 2016
Craig Biddle, The Objective Standard

…the political rise of Trump is not merely the fault of Republicans. It is also, and more so, the fault of conservatives—especially conservative leaders, both old and new.

The seminal act of conservative culpability in this regard took place in 1957, shortly after the publication of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

In the pages of her revolutionary novel, Rand had handed conservatives, and the world in general, an observation-based, demonstrably true philosophy that, in addition to providing principled guidance for choosing and pursuing life-serving values at the personal level, also provides a rock-solid foundation for supporting and defending freedom and capitalism at the political level. This book was a godsend to everyone who loves life, loves America, and wants to advance the ideal of a government dedicated to protecting individuals’ rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.

What did conservatives do with this gift? They shat on it.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 14 May 2016
Monday 28 March 2016
Don Richmond, Naples Daily News (FL)

A recent letter writer claimed that “we all understand” that capitalism and freedom have made this country great. Actually very few understand capitalism, which Ayn Rand has called “the unknown ideal.” This lack of understanding is destroying both our greatness and our freedom.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Mar 2016
Friday 25 March 2016
Denise Cummins, Psychology Today

In a previous blog, I discussed what happens economically to a country or a business when Ayn Rand’s principles are applied. There are four good reasons why they fail so miserably.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Mar 2016
Thursday 17 March 2016
Denise Cummins, PBS - Newshour

In a previous Making Sen$e article, I described the disastrous outcomes of two real-world attempts to implement Ayn Rand’s principles. Among the over 1,300 comments on the article were complaints from Rand’s followers that her views had been misrepresented. These complaints primarily objected to my assertion that Rand celebrated unbridled self-interest. As one reader wrote:

Rand’s good people do care about others. They do not care to be forced to give away the fruits of their invested time to others, but they are delighted to trade what they produce to others and delighted to see those trades improve the lives of others.

Such objections are without merit.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Mar 2016
Sunday 13 March 2016
cncreitz, Daily Kos

In Rand’s book Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal there is no succinct presentation of her premises, reasoning and conclusion about laissez-faire capitalism, with or without comparison to alternative economic systems. Her observations are presented as strings of emotion-laden ideas, and as such, our analysis must default to understanding their roots and significance within her system. One of her most ordered presentations is a one-sided debate she has with the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Mar 2016
Johnathan Razorback, Contrepoints

Personne ne songerait à élever l’existence mouvementée de Ayn Rand au rang de modèle à suivre. Le caractère intransigeant de sa personne et le fonctionnement sectaire de ses successeurs désignés incitent à une méfiance légitime, tout comme ces jugements parfois un peu court vis-à-vis de la tradition philosophique.

Néanmoins, les turpitudes de la vie romanesque de Rand ne constituent pas le commencement d’une critique honnête de son système philosophique. Il est sidérant de voir classer une ardente individualiste ayant passé sa vie à défendre les droits inaliénables de l’individu contre les empiétements du collectif ou les abus de l’État comme une « fasciste », une « social-darwiniste » ou pire encore.

Mais la médiocrité et la malhonnêteté intellectuelle ne se limitent pas à une association avec les extrêmes qu’aucune preuve ne vient corroborer. Nous l’avons vu, certains récusent tout simplement à Ayn Rand la dignité de philosophe.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Mar 2016
Tuesday 16 February 2016
Denise Cummins, PBS - NewsHour

The fly in the ointment of Rand’s philosophical “objectivism” is the plain fact that humans have a tendency to cooperate and to look out for each other, as noted by many anthropologists who study hunter-gatherers. These “prosocial tendencies” were problematic for Rand, because such behavior obviously mitigates against “natural” self-interest and therefore should not exist. She resolved this contradiction by claiming that humans are born as tabula rasa, a blank slate, (as many of her time believed) and prosocial tendencies, particularly altruism, are “diseases” imposed on us by society, insidious lies that cause us to betray biological reality.

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Feb 2016
Monday 01 February 2016
Stuart K. Hayashi, The Objective Standard

Ayn Rand long ago identified the essence of the problem with conservatism. To the degree that conservatives reject the system of ideas or ideology that supports a free society, they “stand for and are nothing; they have no goal, no direction, no political principles, no social ideals, no intellectual values, no leadership to offer anyone.”

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2016