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 3 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 3 years ago Publication date: 21 Jun 2015
Saturday 06 June 2015
Tuomas Enbuske, Uusi Suomi

Miksi sitten ihmiset tienaavat joskus vähemmän tärkeistä hommista enemmän kuin todella tärkeistä?

Venäläissyntyinen kirjailija ja libertaari Ayn Rand pohtii kysymystä vuonna 1967 julkaistussa kirjassaan Capitalism; the Unknown Ideal. Rand käsittelee aikansa vasemmistolaisten yleistä kysymystä; ”miksi Elviksen pitäisi tienata enemmän kuin Einsteinin”? Randin mukaan molemmat miehet toteuttavat vapaasti itseään ja kaikki ne, jotka maksavat Elviksen musiikista, kokevat hyötyvänsä siitä. Elviksen rahat eivät ole pois niiltä, jotka eivät tykkää hänen musiikistaan, eivätkä ne ole myöskään pois Einsteinilta. Eikä Elvis millään tavalla estä Einsteinia tekemästä työtään tai saamasta rahaa.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2015
Sunday 03 May 2015
T.P. Wilkinson, Dissident Voice

Capitalism is not a popular ideology or political movement but a term for the critique of the political-economic system. Hence there is little explicit promotion of capitalism as an ideal in itself (except perhaps among the reactionary “Austrian school” which came to dominate economics faculties in the US in the 1980s). Ayn Rand attempted to elevate capitalism to an explicit American ideology articulated in her novels published in the beginning of what would be called the Cold War.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 03 May 2015
Saturday 02 May 2015
Bradley Harrington, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)

“The right to agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial. It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree.” - Ayn Rand, “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal,” 1966.

One problem with political debate today is that it is poisoned by the ideas of those who support an overly involved government (statists). Thus, one has to wipe away preset notions before proper grasp of an issue is possible.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 01 May 2015
Monday 09 March 2015
Abuse of Authority, The Libertarian Republic

3. “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

Ayn Rand.

Rand here in Atlas Shrugged champions of the virtue of the individual ego. In the Fountainhead she would say “Ego is the fountainhead from which all human progress flows.” If we didn’t believe in ourselves, how could we accomplish greatness? If we found ourselves all the time doing nothing but living for others, how could we build the material wealth necessary in the first place to make charity possible? Rand’s quote is a slap in the face of socialists and collectivists everywhere, who demand that the individual be subjugated to the needs of the state.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 08 Mar 2015
Thursday 26 February 2015
Nicole Halper, Students for Liberty

Rand is one of the most controversial thinkers of our age, and the first to appropriate a philosophy that holds man’s reason as his highest faculty. Her works give voice to capitalism as a principle-based value structure that necessarily opposes collectivist ideas and protects individual rights so you can do what you want. Objectivism holds human achievement and capability as the highest ideals. Objectivist ethics are a basis for many Conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party principles. Major figures like Alan Greenspan, Ron/Rand Paul, and Jimmy Wales have self-identified as Objectivists. The following is growing. Objectivist book sales have historically increased during every US financial crisis since Atlas’ publication.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Feb 2015
Tuesday 23 December 2014
David Akadjian, AlterNet

According to Scott McConnell’s 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand she did indeed. Unfortunately, none are included in McConnell’s 656 page book.

Fortunately, with a little help from the Ayn Rand Archives*, we’re able to present to you this exclusive, never-before-seen collection of Ayn Rand favorites.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Monday 15 December 2014
John Paul Rollert, The Atlantic Monthly

The day that I attended, ARI’s in-house philosopher, Onkar Ghate, provided an overview of Objectivism’s central tenets. It included terms like “psycho-epistemology” and other doctrinal patois that modern philosophers favor to give even the most mundane claims a metaphysical sheen, yet it also addressed, rather nakedly, the self-help impulse that accounts, in large part, for Rand’s continued popularity.

Happiness, Ghate explained, is the “moral purpose” of life, and the role of philosophy in that quest is to ensure that you are “fully thinking” about the views that inundate you on a daily basis. The opinions of others—whether they involve art, politics, ethics, or even personal priorities—have a tendency to shape you, so you must be on your guard. Philosophy will help you to assess these views so that you choose “the right ones and get rid of the wrong ones,” assembling a sound set of beliefs that will guide you in determining how to spend your days.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Sunday 09 November 2014
Alan Greenspan, Zero Hedge

…by Alan Greenspan Published in Ayn Rand’s “Objectivist” newsletter in 1966, and reprinted in her book, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, in 1967. An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 08 Nov 2014
Thursday 30 October 2014
Peter Krauth, Money Morning

Back in the early 1950s Greenspan became a member of Ayn Rand’s inner circle. His essay “Gold and Economic Freedom” was published in Rand’s newsletter The Objectivist in 1966 and in her book, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal in 1967. He even read Atlas Shrugged while it was being written.

In case you’re confused, yes… it’s the same Alan Greenspan.

In the “Gold and Economic Freedom” essay, he wrote: “… gold and economic freedom are inseparable, that the gold standard is an instrument of laissez-faire and that each implies and requires the other.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014
Friday 24 October 2014
Mike Opelka, TheBlaze

Borowski took aim Thursday at the “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism” video that swept the Internet this week, posting a parody with some facts debunking the original.

Clad in her own princess attire and holding up a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Capitalism,” Borowski declared: ”Screw your victimization, I’d rather read this book.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014