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Wednesday 20 August 2014
Craig Biddle, The Objective Standard

…there are all kinds of public debates. Within the Objectivist movement, there are all kinds of debates. And between libertarians and Objectivists, there are some very important, fundamental differences. What we…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Sean Howe, Wired Magazine

This great universe of dark characters, with their long trench coats and big guns, and all the beautiful women, helped focus me,” he says. So too did the work of Spillane admirer Ayn Rand, whose Romantic Manifesto legitimized heroic fiction for him.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Richard A. Epstein, Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Krugman doesn’t have that excuse. He fails to understand how institutions work because it is so much easier to slam libertarians for their cultish devotion to Ayn Rand. The truth is, as I argued in an earlier critique of Rand Paul, libertarianism has a strong and useful theory of rights, but offers only loose guidance on the mix between public and private remedies…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Sunday 17 August 2014
Sławomir Drelich, Newsweek Poland - Liberte!

…nie wliczając Biblii, był „Atlas zbuntowany” („Atlas Shrugged”) pisarki i publicystki libertariańskiej Ayn Rand. Ta rozmiarami przypominająca encyklopedię książka najwidoczniej przypadła do gustu Amerykanom…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Aug 2014
Saturday 16 August 2014
Marc Gerstein, Seeking Alpha

…the first Seeking Alpha strategy inspired by John Galt but I love the idea. My approach is different from that of my predecessor; I want visionary innovative companies…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Aug 2014
Thursday 14 August 2014
Don Watkins, (Voices for Reason, Ayn Rand Institute)

…implications for human life, the best source is Ayn Rand. But Rand is often accused of caricaturing altruism. Altruism, many people say, isn’t about self-sacrifice but helping others — and this, the…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Aug 2014
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