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Wednesday 13 August 2014
Mallory Ortberg, The Toast

…Previously: Ayn Rand’s The Breakfast Club. INFERIOR MAN: Hey. ANDREA: Happy birthday. Nate, I’m so sorry. I kept trying to leave, but there was a lot going on. And…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Aug 2014
Monday 11 August 2014
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative - State of the Union

…when political differences are reduced to good and evil, life and death, the stakes are all that much higher. I can almost appreciate their desire to make me see the light, their hope that one more reading of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged or Frederich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom might get me there. It won’t. FL Transplant: I have some relatives that retired and…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Aug 2014
Gene Veith, Patheos

…on the right we have the Ayn Rand-style of atheism, with its “virtue of selfishness.”  On the left we have the Utopian atheism of the John Lennon-variety.  But is there also a…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Aug 2014
Saturday 09 August 2014
Marxman12, Comic Book Movie

My favorite part of Iron Man 2 (besides the whole Ayn Rand/Atlas Shrugged/Private industry over government theme) was the scene where Tony Stark pulls up Natasha Romanov’s profile and we see her in a…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 09 Aug 2014
Thursday 07 August 2014
Zosia Bielski, Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Q: You argue that empathy doesn’t exist at brunch, that otherwise liberal-minded people become “monstrous amalgams of Ayn Rand and Margaret Thatcher.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 07 Aug 2014
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Hart Williams, The Moderate Voice

Libertarian’s just another word for no brain cells left to lose. Libertarianism is based on a fundamental misperception about the nature of human nature and society, and we come back to the frustration I had when I was in college: I wanted to really deconstruct the whole Ayn Rand “philosophy” but the philosophy profs were too busy sneering at it to worry about it as influential or NEEDING refutation.

Her two best known protagonists, Howard Roark and John Galt, are terrorists. Roark blows up entire blocks of housing with dynamity, Galt engages in a massive conspiracy to do nothing less than take down the machinery of Western Civilization itself: to bring the nation to a crashing halt, no matter how much misery, starvation, illness, death by hypothermia or heat stroke take place.

Because they were “mean” to him supergeniusness.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 07 Aug 2014
Wednesday 06 August 2014
Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition

In the novel Atlas Shrugged the writer Ayn Rand poses the following question about a mysterious character in the novel:  “Who is John Galt?” A similar question may be asked…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Aug 2014
Randy England, Mises Daily (Ludwig von Mises Institute)

…the non-Christian individualism of writers like Ayn Rand as the very heart of libertarianism. Catholic libertarians are not individualists just because we value individual virtue above government…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Aug 2014
Gregory Zeszotarski, Cap Times (Madison, WI)

…who has the Koch Brothers’ support and advocates Ayn Rand’s morality of self-interest could have any concern for the poor. Ryan’s proposal is another campaign stunt, just like the photo-op of him…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Aug 2014
Monday 04 August 2014
Karen Garcia, Truthout

…heroine, the cult priestess of selfishness Ayn Rand, Ryan is playing it safe and sticking to pure pulp fiction. Romantic that he is, he’s even invented a hero and a heroine of his very own to…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Aug 2014
David Brin, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

…my past thorough and merciless dissections of Ayn Rand?  In fact I’ve done this before, showing up to suggest that a movement claiming to be all about freedom might want to veer away from its recent…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Aug 2014
Rachel Shteir, Chronicle of Higher Education

…should stop borrowing from the government. Like Howard Roark in The Fountainhead (which a fan sent her after her essay appeared), she seems to argue that education should be for the privileged few. “Not every…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Aug 2014