Thursday 07 January 2016
Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Aftenposten

Midt oppe i mobbesaker, flyktningsaker og starten på det nye året, takket jeg nei til å la meg intervjue av Aftenposten om Ayn Rand. Det angrer jeg på.

Da jeg var 16 år leste jeg Ayn Rand, Edmund Burke og Lars Roar Langslet. De to siste er blitt med meg videre i livet. Ayn Rand har jeg forlatt.

Ayn Rand er ekstremindividualist, radikal liberalist, anti-konservativ og har bare forakt til overs for tradisjoner. Konservatismen som jeg har skrevet både bøker og artikler om, er moderat, tradisjonsbunden, opptatt av fellesskapet og av å se enkeltmennesket i en sammenheng. Som de fleste av Ayn Rands svært få tilhengere i Norge vil slå fast, er disse to idésettene motpoler.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 07 Jan 2016
Wednesday 06 January 2016
Collin Estes, Colorado Springs Independent

When musicians devote time and support back into the scene at large, in addition to promoting their own careers, the results are almost always going to result in a lot more happiness and soul for everyone involved. When you tear down someone else’s band to make yourself look better, you’re basically being the Ayn Rand of the local scene. Do you really want that?

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Jan 2016
Kara Pendleton, Independent Journal Review

Across social media, fans of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actor Oscar Isaac are freaking out over a five-year-old photograph that shows him wearing an Atlas Shrugged t-shirt…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2016
Tuesday 05 January 2016
Aja Romano, The Daily Dot

A five-year-old Ayn Rand reference is making serious waves in Oscar Isaac’s huge new fanbase—and all of Tumblr is along for the ride. The Star Wars heartthrob, who has been enjoying intense newfound fame with the release of The Force Awakens, turned heads for a different reason this week, when a 2009 photo of him in an Atlas Shrugged T-shirt made the rounds. What’s in a T-shirt? A lot, if it’s a perceived reference to libertarianism. Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand was a strident capitalist whose Objectivist philosophy is closely aligned with libertarian ideals.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2016
Jessica Lachenal, The Mary Sue

So … okay. Let’s unpack this one slowly. Apparently, a photo of Oscar Isaac has surfaced wherein he’s wearing one of those book cover t-shirts featuring Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. This represents a problem because of Rand’s strong Objectivist philosophy, which is nearly parallel with libertarian ideals combined with capitalist leanings—something that Tumblr (as well as many people in general) find distasteful.

The reactions from various people on Tumblr have really run the gamut, encompassing every feeling from, “It’s okay, just focus on Poe,” to complete betrayal. Perhaps most interesting are the Tumblr users who don’t quite get why others might find Atlas Shrugged problematic. Typically assumed to be from a younger subset, they’re reblogging the photo asking just what exactly is wrong with the t-shirt.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Jan 1970
Monday 04 January 2016
Marta Bausells, The Guardian (London)

Roza Vulf shared her eclectic reading pile:

Food for thought

“Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and of life’s potential.” Ayn Rand

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Jan 2016
Thursday 31 December 2015
Lior Zaltzman, Jewish Daily Forward (New York)

“The Age of Selflessness” by Daryl Cunningham

A graphic novel about our favorite grumpy Jewish aunt, Ayn Rand? Count us in!

“The Age of Selflessness” starts of with Ayn Rand, her fascinating and complicated life story and her philosophy and its legacy, markedly its effect on another notable Jew, Alan Greenspan.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Dec 2015
Monday 28 December 2015
David Cole, UrbanCincy

The caricature of the architect as egomaniacal artiste can perhaps be traced back to Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, based on a sociopathic architect who blows up his own project rather than see it compromised. Roark’s character was loosely based on Frank Lloyd Wright, certainly known for his healthy ego and unique design sensibility. But as with most anything else conjured up by Ayn Rand, Howard Roark has little basis in reality. To his credit, Frank Lloyd Wright was so offended by Howard Roark that he disavowed any connection to Rand’s character, but the stereotype has stuck.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Dec 2015
Wednesday 16 December 2015
Maisie Skidmore, AnOther

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, 1943

“Always a choice that causes controversy, but the book which has had the biggest impact on my life and the way in which I approach my work. Ayn Rand wrote The Fountainhead as a tribute to the creative freethinker. The theme, as Ayn Rand states it, is ‘individualism versus collectivism, not in politics but in men’s souls.’ The book is about the conflict between those who think for themselves and those who allow others to dominate their lives. The hero of the story, Howard Roark, an architect, refuses to conform, instead pursuing his vision of architecture with an unswerving dedication and morality that I found inspirational.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2015
Tuesday 17 November 2015
Paul Bond, Hollywood Reporter

An Atlas Shrugged TV miniseries is in the works.

The people behind the recent movie trilogy, based on the works of Ayn Rand, have tapped industry veteran Albert Ruddy to produce. Ruddy is the Oscar-winning producer of The Godfather and Million Dollar Baby.

Ruddy will produce along with John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, the duo behind the three Atlas Shrugged movies that were released in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The three films, while popular among Libertarian fans of Rand’s book, made a collective $9 million at the box office.

Kaslow said the 1,200-page book lends itself better to a miniseries of up to 15 hours than it did to the movie trilogy that ran less than six hours.

Atlas deserves, and requires, more time if a reflective adaptation is the goal,” Kaslow said. “A TV series is the one medium we’re sure to have that opportunity.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Nov 2015
Friday 13 November 2015
Rob Price, Business Insider

…the focus was on the ideological predecessors of the technology, and where [Nick] Szabo sees it heading.

At the offset, he framed it as the product of thinkers like the objectivist author and philosopher Ayn Rand, and economist and political theorist Friedrich Hayek.

Rand is famous for her vigorous defences of capitalism and espousal of selfishness as a virtue. Szabo admitted that he has “never finished one of her books,” but finds her “very influential nonetheless.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2015
Tuesday 10 November 2015
Joseph Hnatiuk, Winnipeg Free Press

After a century of absolutism symbolized by powerful empires headed by untouchable figureheads, the 20th century’s manic drive towards individualism was spurred by the likes of Ayn Rand and Aleister Crowley and thought to reflect a subconscious search for an “omphalos,” an ancient idea Higgs finds useful in explaining a culture’s search for some stabilizing symbol such as the strict propriety of the 19th century’s Victorian era.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Nov 2015