Sunday 17 January 2016
Fred E. Foldvary, The Progress Report

We can integrate these elements into what should be a coherent Objectivist theory of taxation. It is sufficient for the application of human exertion that there be private rights of possession. Land rent is a surplus, and equality of rights implies an equal ownership of what man’s mind and labor does not produce: the benefit of land, which is its rent. Therefore government does not initiate force when it taps the land rent for public revenue, since the title holder only properly has the rights of possession.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 17 Jan 2016
Tuesday 05 January 2016

Ayn Rand strongly supported patents. In her book “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal,” she states:

An idea as such cannot be protected until it has been given a material form. An invention has to be embodied in a physical model before it can be patented; a story has to be written or printed. But what the patent or copyright protects is not the physical object as such, but the idea which it embodies. By forbidding an unauthorized reproduction of the object, the law declares, in effect, that the physical labor of copying is not the source of the object’s value, that that value is created by the originator of the idea and may not be used without his consent; thus the law establishes the property right of a mind to that which it has brought into existence.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2016
Sunday 20 December 2015
Dennis Gronquist, Stillwater News Press (OK)

Any serious student of politics should read the works of the founders of our nation in the booklet “Common Sense” by Charles Payne, and/or the Federalist Papers. Much more recent works dated in the 1950s and 1960s are available from Ayn Rand. She wrote the work of science fiction “Atlas Shrugged” among a variety of non-fiction works such as, “Capitalism: the unknown ideal.” She should have been our first woman president.

Posted about 2 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2015
Friday 20 November 2015
PanAm Post (Miami)

…he symbolically joined Galt’s Gulch, a remote place in the mountains where the entrepreneurs and creators in Atlas Shrugged retreat to once they realize society no longer values their contributions. There they can develop their…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 20 Nov 2015
Tuesday 03 November 2015
Charles Sannat, ObjectifEco

Excellent papier communiqué par l’un de nos camarades lecteurs sur la Grève d’Ayn Rand. C’est un article brillant et qui tente de résumer la pensée « randienne ».

Pour toutes celles et ceux qui ne connaissent pas Ayn Rand, prenez le temps de lire cet article. Puis prenez le temps de lire son ouvrage « la Grève » qui est disponible en français.

Cela fait partie des lectures cultes. Tout simplement.

Merci au journal l’Opinion d’avoir publié un tel article.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 03 Nov 2015
Saturday 24 October 2015
Thabi Leoka, The Times (Johannesburg)

In Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Ayn Rand defines economic power as a positive because it offers a reward, a payment. I guess to many, economic power is seen to reflect creativity, production and voluntarism, and offers incentives, gains and rewards, whereas political power is often seen as destructive and involuntary.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 2015
Thursday 08 October 2015
Raw Story

Ayn Rand’s books are a big driver in the long-term right-wing campaign to delude millions of people into believing that there’s no such thing as society — that everyone must look out only for themselves. Lately, Rand’s work has enjoyed a major revival of interest. Besides Paul Ryan, she’s inspired yoga-wear company Lululemon to publish her quotations on its products, and she’s even made inroads into the North American semi-socialist enclave of Canada.

AlterNet has kept the pace with Rand’s resurgence, doing our best to educate people about what a nutcase she was and how harmful her ideas are. These 10 articles, previously published on AlterNet, shed light on why Rand’s influence on Ryan is so dangerous.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 08 Oct 2015
Monday 28 September 2015
Genevieve LeFranc, Daily Reckoning

Alan Greenspan’s essay, “Gold and Economic Freedom” was published in Ayn Rand’s “Objectivist” newsletter in 1966, and reprinted in her book, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, in 1967.

We like to say that this was written by Young Al Greenspan, versus Old Alan Greenspan.

Young Al Greenspan was part of Ayn Rand’s “collective” during the 1950s and 60s, and was a staunch proponent of objectivism and laissez-faire capitalism.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 22 Sep 2015
Tuesday 18 August 2015
Carrie-Ann Biondi, And Philosophy

Their names are not often heard in the same sentence, but they should be. Many might not realize how consonant Rowe’s and Rand’s views are, nor the ways in which their approaches to addressing the ills of our time can instruct one another. Most fundamentally, Rand and Rowe understand that reality requires each of us to work for a living, uphold the virtue of productiveness, and appreciate that there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” work, but only honest work done well or poorly.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 11 Aug 2015
Monday 03 August 2015
Brian Doherty, Reason

Every sentient being should be aware that a core unquestionable intellectual underpinning of progressive Internet modernity, one as undeniably certain as that A is A, is that Ayn Rand was an idiotic villain and all her fans are malign, childish bozos. (If you are sadly uneducated on this fact, start here.)

Still, among the millions of benighted folk who have bought and loved the in-print-for-decades-and-going-strong novels and nonfiction of the controversial Russian emigre, are the occasional prominent person willing to buck that consensus.

And then sometimes the consensus bucks back, and a Rand fan becomes a Rand recanter.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 03 Aug 2015
Thursday 09 July 2015
Jerry Shaw, Newsmax

Some of Greenspan’s harshest critics point to his earlier association with famed philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand. Greenspan had been among her followers in the 1950s, starting when he attended Columbia University. He wrote an essay for her “Objectivist” newsletter, which later appeared in Rand’s 1967 book, “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.” The essay attacked the Federal Reserve and supported the gold standard to back money.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 09 Jul 2015
Sunday 21 June 2015
diligentbureaucrat, Daily Kos

…it seems like Pope Francis is just being a good follower of Christ. Fighting for a more equal and just society, and fight against wealthy individuals or nations who exploit poorer ones. Ayn Rand, believe it or not, understood the incompatibility with laissez faire capitalism and Christianity. She was an extreme opponent of socialism, communism and Christianity.

At least Ayn Rand was consistent, and didn’t try to harmonize Christianity and capitalism when they are very much incompatible systems. But surely Rush Limbaugh, who is worth somewhere around $400 million, would rather ignore the preachings of Jesus.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 21 Jun 2015