Monday 01 December 2014
Master Blaster, RocketNews24
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One of the commenters on the Guinness website pointed out that another had made a GPS drawing covering most of the United States of America, encouraging everyone to read Ayn Rand. It’s unclear why Guinness has not acknowledged this particular drawing made by Nick Newcomen in 2010. And you know, even with both of these impassioned works of sheer effort and creativity and their relatively humble requests, I still find myself reluctant to get married or read Ayn Rand again.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 01 Dec 2014
Monday 24 November 2014
New York Magazine
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Ayn Rand, misquoted as a feminist, now featured on belly t-shirts for teenage girls.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Nov 2014
J.D. Tuccille, Reason
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They found “Ayn Rand, misquoted as a feminist, now featured on belly t-shirts for teenage girls” more highbrow, but also more despicable, then “Bill Cosby rape-as-meme,” referring to graphics passing through social media referencing the controversy-dogged funnyman who faces a laundy list of accusations of very bad behavior.

Perusing New York media really can be an enlightening peek into a very strange world.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Monday 28 July 2014
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
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In the wake of the disastrous 2012 election, Paul Ryan recognized that he faced a central problem: He was beginning to be seen not as the bold paragon of fiscal rectitude that media accounts had relentlessly depicted when he first emerged as a Republican leader, but as an “Ayn Rand miser.” Over the last year he has moved to repair the damage, undertaking a putatively secret yet widely publicized poverty tour, and finally, last week, unveiling an actual plan to address poverty. The question looming over Ryan is whether he believes his policy profile was substantively flawed or merely misunderstood.

  1. It is certainly true that Ryan’s new proposals represent an important step away from the political extreme he has occupied his entire career. All of Ryan’s previous proposals amounted to simplistic Randian exercises in upward redistribution.
Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Wednesday 23 July 2014

4. Rand’s work does get at a crucial truth that almost everyone misses

Again, as a Christian and as a conservative, I find Rand’s Objectivism, to use a word she so liked, despicable. But I still must recognize that Rand’s work emphasizes one crucial truth about the world that almost nobody else does: Free enterprise is key to human flourishing, not just because it enables the most material prosperity, but because it encourages human creativity.

Most defenses of free market capitalism are typically made in a utilitarian lens; partly because it’s such an easy case to make and partly because that is the lens of most academic work in economics. And it is most certainly true that, yes, with some important caveats, the freer the markets, the more prosperous the polity.

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014
Thursday 10 July 2014
Brian Doherty, Reason

September, the producers of Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? launched a Kickstarter campaign that ended up raising $446,000 to help fund the final installment of the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel about a world driven to the brink of collapse by
overweening redistributionist government. The predictable response was cheap jokes from people whose (mis)understanding of Rand only went as far as: “She’s that scary chick who valorizes businessmen and the market.” Detractors assumed that asking people to freely
support something they valued was altruistic and therefore un-Randian.

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Jul 2014
Thursday 03 July 2014

Ayn Rand, (1905-1982), was an American author and social critic. Her books serve mainly as a means of expressing her philosophies. Literary critics tend to see them as marred by a tendency to instruct the reader.

Rand’s best-known novels are THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1943) and ATLAS SHRUGGED (1957). Both present a moral and economic philosophy, called Objectivism, based on individualism and self-interest. These novels express the belief that original ideas are the main force in the world and that creative individuals deserve to profit from their ideas. The heroes represent disciplined, rational people of action who reject organized religion. In THE FOUNTAINHEAD, an architect destroys a housing project in which his ideas had been altered. In ATLAS SHRUGGED, one of the central characters calls a “mind strike,” during which all creative people withhold their ideas from the rest of the world. The strike reveals that society cannot exist without creative genius.

Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She moved to the United States in 1926 and became a U.S. citizen in 1931. Her novels WE THE LIVING (1936) and ANTHEm (1938) reflect her early life in Russia. Both novels express her revolt against socialist forms of government. Rand also wrote about her philosophies in such works of nonfiction as FOR THE NEW INTELLECTUAL (1961), THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS (1964), and CAPITALISM, THE UNKNOWN IDEAL (1966).

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2014
Tuesday 01 July 2014

A scene from part I of the movie adaptation of Atlas Shrugged.

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 01 Jul 2014
Wednesday 04 June 2014
Donna Dickens, HitFix

If there are two things high schoolers love, it’s Harry Potter and thinking they’ve discovered the secrets of the universe by reading ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ The former will become a lifelong love, the latter an embarrassing blip reminding us all of a time when we were righteous self-centered pompous twits who thought we knew everything.

Mallory Ortberg of The Toast ingeniously decided to mash the two together in perhaps the most hilariously pretentious fan fiction ever conceived. Randian philosophy and the dystopian wizarding world of Harry Potter are oddly complementary. You can almost see an alternate universe where Harry is a champion of objectivism to the bafflement of everyone around him.

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2014