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Wednesday 04 June 2014

…(2), The Economic Consequences of Immigration, etc. Josė Piñera, Chilean Finance Minister and architect of the privatized citizen pension system. Ayn Rand, philosopher (‘Objectivism’) and author of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, etc. George Reisman, disciple of Ayn…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2014

…(2), The Economic Consequences of Immigration, etc. Josė Piñera, Chilean Finance Minister and architect of the privatized citizen pension system. Ayn Rand, philosopher (‘Objectivism’) and author of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, etc. George Reisman, disciple of Ayn…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2014

…publishing a list of the chemicals used to drill for natural gas using a technique known as hydraulic fracturing. I know, you have read “The Fountainhead” and are an Ayn Rand free-market capitalist opposing any…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 02 Jun 2014
Tuesday 03 June 2014

…’s champion for budget cuts for social programs, cuts that are opposed by the church hierarchy. He is also a disciple of the libertarian philosopher Ayn Rand. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., while not a Catholic, is the GOP’s most prominent exponent of libertarian ideas and is being widely touted as a leading…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2014
Retail Customer Experience

…cashiers at lululemon athletica started handing customers their sweat pants and yoga mats in shopping bags adorned with the phrase, “Who is John Galt?” That question appears many times throughout the novel “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, and in a blog post that appeared around the same time on the…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Nov 2011

…of Chrysler’s creditors, Obamacare, etc. — the idea of running for office never crossed Ron Johnson’s mind. He was, however, dry tinder — he calls Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” his “foundational book” — and now is ablaze, in an understated, upper-Midwestern way. This 55-year-old manufacturer of…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2014

…Coal, the world’s biggest, were quite bucked up to learn that they will continue to be 70% socialist. Better to be pink as a boiled lobster than a Randian capitalist, I guess. Koch brothers and legal advisor study Obama rules “Shares of Peabody Energy (BTU_), the world’s largest coal producer, were up…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2014
Sunday 01 June 2014

…publishing a list of the chemicals used to drill for natural gas using a technique known as hydraulic fracturing. I know, you have read “The Fountainhead” and are an Ayn Rand free-market capitalist opposing any “big-government regulation” because it will “destroy small business in America. Of course,…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 01 Jun 2014
Saturday 29 June 2013
Negative
Steven M. Davidoff, New York Times - Dealbook

It’s easy to poke fun at the 210 principles as a latter-day model of EST or another 1970s personal discovery group. Take for example the notation in Principle 18 of “pain + reflection = progress,” the Christian-like maxim in Principle 122 to “teach your people to fish rather than give them fish” and the last principle, which lets you know something your mother told you: “Don’t try to please everyone.”

It is phrases like these that led a writer for New York magazine to describe the principles as “written in a digressive, self-serious style that reads as if Ayn Rand and Deepak Chopra had collaborated on a line of fortune cookies.”

It’s not all about personal attitude. Some of the principles express the harsh type of Darwinian capitalism that financiers tend to love.

Posted almost 6 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2013
Friday 07 June 2013
Positive
Robert Vaughan, Robert Vaughan

…On May 6th, 2013 I interviewed Yaron Brook, Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute on the campus of the University of Toronto. Dr. Brook was in Toronto to speak on the morality of capitalism which is the focus of his…

Posted almost 6 years ago Publication date: 07 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 6 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 6 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2013