Friday 09 June 2017

…Philosopher/novelist Ayn Rand develops this idea further in her book, For the New Intellectual: “Man’s mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is…

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 09 Jun 2017
Saturday 26 November 2016
Dan King, Post-Star (Glens Falls, NY)

…they espouse in their books.  The late Ayn Rand is one such writer. She is perhaps the best known thinker of libertarian ideas. Her novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are grounded…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2016
Monday 26 September 2016
Steven Krage, Chicago Now - Chicago Subtext

…How do we respond is the pressing question here. Ayn Rand, in her book For the New Intellectual, says that “evil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us.” In layman’s terms…

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2016
Saturday 24 September 2016

…will have elapsed since the first publication of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. The reason I did not read the book until two years later is that I made the mistake of reading the critics before…

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Sep 2016
Sunday 10 April 2016
Independent Political Report

…of libertarian thought throughout the 1960s: The Objectivists and the Misesian “anarcho-capitalists” (i.e. the disciples/compatriots, respectively, of Ayn Rand and of Murray N. Rothbard). Nolan – or at least…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Apr 2016
Sunday 13 March 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 over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Mar 2016
Sunday 28 February 2016
Steven Krage, Chicago Now - Chicago Subtext

Honesty, as defined by philosopher Ayn Rand, is “the recognition of the fact that the unreal is unreal and can have no value, that neither love nor fame nor cash is a value if obtained by fraud—that an attempt to gain a value by deceiving the mind of others is an act of raising your victims to a position higher than reality, where you become a pawn of their blindness, a slave of their non-thinking and their evasions, while their intelligence, their rationality, their perceptiveness become the enemies you have to dread and flee—that you do not care to live as a dependent, least of all a dependent on the stupidity of others, or as a fool whose source of values is the fools he succeeds in fooling—that honesty is not a social duty, not a sacrifice for the sake of others, but the most profoundly selfish virtue man can practice: his refusal to sacrifice the reality of his own existence to the deluded consciousness of others.” (Ayn Rand, For The New Intellectual, p. 129)

By this definition, if we fake reality by lying to a person, we are giving them a part of us. Faking reality benefits no one, not the person you’re deluding nor yourself. When you fake reality, you give yourself to another person’s delusion - you become a part of their imaginary world where you are, pretty much, the only inhabitant.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Feb 2016
Thursday 18 February 2016
Gennady Stolyarov II, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Here I refute an argument that has been leveled against proponents of indefinite human longevity from a surprising direction – those sympathetic to the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand. Some advocates of Ayn Rand’s philosophy believe that indefinite life would turn human beings into “immortal, indestructible robots” that, according to Ayn Rand, would have no genuine values. Both of these claims are false. Indefinite life would not turn humans into indestructible robots, nor would an indestructible robot with human abilities lack values or motivation for doing great things.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Feb 2016
Friday 29 January 2016
Andrew Moran, Economic Collapse News

Quote of the Day: Today’s quote comes from Ayn Rand in her book “For the New Intellectual.” Here she writes:

“When a man, a business corporation or an entire society is approaching bankruptcy, there are two courses that those involved can follow: they can evade the reality of their situation and act on a frank, blind, range-of-the-moment expediency – not daring to look ahead, wishing no one would name the truth, yet desperately hoping that something will save them somehow – or they can identify the situation, check their premises, discover their hidden assets and start rebuilding.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jan 2016
Wednesday 23 September 2015
Michael E. Miller, Washington Post

…capitalism has carried the day in most parts of the world, particularly in America. Here, Nobel Prize-winning, free-market economist Milton Friedman argued that the only “social responsibility of business is to increase its profits.”

Ayn Rand, another strong influence on American conservative thought, went even further. “From her start, America was torn by the clash of her political system with the altruist morality,” she wrote in “For the New Intellectual.” “Capitalism and altruism are incompatible; they are philosophical opposites; they cannot co-exist in the same man or in the same society.”

But experience of capitalism’s pains has also led politicians to try to curb its excesses, including in the pharmaceutical industry.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Sep 2015
Tuesday 15 September 2015
Edward Cline, Family Security Matters

In closing, I cede the floor to Ayn Rand, who, in her essay, “For the New Intellectual,” explains what Kant really means by duty and his whole mare’s nest of non sequiturs.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Sep 2015
Wednesday 29 April 2015
Eastern Arizona Courier (Safford)

In her book, “For the New Intellectual,” author Ayn Rand put forward the notion that “A is A.”

She explains that to mean “a thing is itself.” In other words, “A leaf cannot be a stone at the same time, it cannot be all red and all green at the same time, it cannot freeze and burn at the same time. A is A.”

The problem is A can sometimes be B or C or D, as we’ve been seeing in places like Ferguson, Mo., and now Baltimore. Black residents have rioted in both communities, following the deaths of black men believed to be at the hands of white police officers.

So how do those incidents mean A is sometimes not A? Let’s look closer to home.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Apr 2015