Saturday 02 July 2016

‘I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline’— Ayn Rand

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Jul 2016
Thursday 30 June 2016

The Ayn Rand Institute announces the publication of a new book, Defending Free Speech, which former Jyllands-Posten editor Flemming Rose describes as “a timely collection of excellent articles on current threats to free speech.” Edited by former constitutional lawyer Steve Simpson, ARI’s director of Legal Studies, the book serves as both a warning and a call to action: defend free speech – or we will lose it.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Jun 2016
Wednesday 22 June 2016
Walter Pierce, IND (Lafayette, LA)
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Supply side/trickle down economics is the pernicious lie that has helped bankrupt Louisiana — and Kansas! — and needs to be fixed before we all choke on Ronald Reagan’s jelly beans and Ayn Rand’s cigarette smoke.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Jun 2016
Monday 13 June 2016
Radhika Jhaveri, Youth Ki Awaaz

…I realised that Rand was an advocate of capitalism. She had convinced herself that money alone was the barometer of success and argued that the worth of an individual could be rightly measured by the wealth that they managed to accumulate. She took into account nothing else. She viewed everything from the prism of capitalism and expected it to explain the world around her. But the world is so much more complex than that and understanding it is far beyond the scope of any single theory, least of all capitalism. What Marx, Foucault, Arendt and all the other authors did was that they pointed out this very concept to me. They made me realise that reality is many layered. Unveiling one layer reveals another, which in turn reveals another and on and on it goes. There is not a single reality, like Rand believed; there are as many realities as there are human beings. Rand never understood this. She made the mistake that so many of us make; that of viewing the world with a simplistic perspective. Even the God that she believed in, personified by the character of John Galt in her book Atlas Shrugged, was unforgiving, unemotional and devoid of any compassion. She understood neither human nature nor human psychology. She knew and understood nothing!

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Jun 2016
Sunday 12 June 2016
Rajat Tripathi, BollywoodLife.com
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In one of her snaps, there is a pile of books. Amongst the books are big names like The Vision of Elena Silves, Ideal by Ayn Rand, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift, Present Laughter by Malcolm Bradbury. Ohkayy! We are so impressed.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Jun 2016
Tuesday 07 June 2016
Aakriti Anand, Filmfare
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Sonam Kapoor celebrates her 31st birthday on June 9th and it looks like the actress is already in a celebratory zone. Sharing a picture on Instagram, Sonam showed off her rather literary gift from her godfather, Khalid Mohamed, which contains an array of books ranging from Saadat Hasan Manto to Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Jun 2016
Saturday 04 June 2016
Sean Kim, Rype

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Recommended by: Steve Jobs and Mark Cuban Topic: Politics & Business

One-sentence summary: “Solve the world’s problem through entrepreneurial solutions.”

When Steve Wozniak was interviewed about what influenced Steve Jobs in the early days of building Apple, he mentioned that Atlas Shrugged was one of the books that Jobs used as his guide to life & business.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 May 2016
Sunday 29 May 2016
Larry Pino, Orlando Sentinel

…Libertarianism was ideologically sound, but so self-righteous it was pragmatically strained.

Think about a political philosophy as unforgiving as was Ayn Rand in social philosophy. I loved (and still do) Ayn Rand. She got my heart pumping, but could I truly respect her when I woke up in the morning or was it just an over-the-top but fleeting intellectual fling?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 May 2016
Wednesday 25 May 2016
Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard (London)
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In Ayn Rand Takes a Stand, [David] Hare gets marks for the catchy title, but deductions for an overlong and under-exciting piece that has George Osborne and Theresa May locked in debate with the eponymous free market proselytiser about the free movement of peoples.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 May 2016
Michael Billington, The Guardian (London)
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[David] Hare’s Ayn Rand Takes a Stand is the best item of the evening in that it uses barbed comedy to expose the paradoxes in current Conservative thinking. Ayn Rand was a novelist whose passionate advocacy of laissez-faire capitalism is popular in US rightwing circles and has allegedly inspired our own business secretary, Sajid Javid. But Hare imagines Rand – magnificently played by Ann Mitchell as a throaty, entrepreneurial Mae West – projected into the present to confront George Osborne (here identified by his middle name of Gideon) and Theresa May.

Rand finds in Osborne a willing sex slave, who accepts her belief in the unimpeded play of the market. But the richest moment comes when Rand confronts May with an unanswerable conundrum: “How can you have a free market without free movement of labour?”

This is genuine satire, in that it uses ridicule to nail the contradictions of a capitalist philosophy that erects barriers against immigration.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 May 2016
Tuesday 24 May 2016

[Reprint of 2013 article.]

There is a kind of libertarianism that’s nothing more or less than a strain in the American psyche, an emotional tendency toward individualism and personal liberty. That’s fine and even admirable.

We’re talking about the other libertarianism, the political philosophy whose avatar is the late writer Ayn Rand. It was once thought that this extreme brand of libertarianism, one that celebrates greed and even brutality, had died in the early 1980s with Rand herself. Many Rand acolytes had already gone underground, repressing or disavowing the more extreme statements of their youth and attempting to blend in with more mainstream schools of thought in respectable occupations.

There was a good reason for that. Randian libertarianism is an illogical, impractical, inhumane, unpopular set of Utopian ravings which lacks internal coherence and has never predicted real-world behavior anywhere. That’s why, reasonably enough, the libertarian movement evaporated in the late 20th century, its followers scattered like the wind.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 May 2016
Thursday 19 May 2016

Oscar Isaac — “Poe Dameron” in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Apocalypse” in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse” — insisted in an interview with Rolling Stone’s Althea Legaspi that while he once took a photograph of himself wearing an “Atlas Shrugged” t-shirt, he is not, nor has he ever been, a member of the Libertarian Party.

“I liked the design,” he said. “I didn’t think wearing the shirt was saying I agreed with her politics. I’m not a Libertarian!”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 May 2016