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Dating site for Ayn Rand fans enables the world’s most obnoxious people to breed
Death and Taxes ^ | Oct 18, 2013 | Maggie Serota

Posted on 10/19/2013 6:20:10 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal posted this round-up of niche dating sites. Many of the sites paired would be lovers based upon a shared lifestyle (farming) or a shared food allergy (gluten).

However, the far and way most disturbing match-making enterprise was the Atlasphere Dating Service, the site dedicated to matching devotees of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism.

According to WSJ.com:

Atlasphere founder Joshua Zader, 40, of Phoenix, says niche sites are more efficient than broader sites such as OKCupid or Match.com.

“If you assume that maybe 1 out of 500 people is a serious fan of Ayn Rand’s novels, on a normal dating site you have a 1 in 500 chance of someone sharing the same basic values,” he says. “On the Atlasphere, every profile shows you what you want,” he says. The 10-year-old site has seen a spike in membership in recent years—it has more than 16,000 dating profiles—after two “Atlas Shrugged” movies were released, says Mr. Zader, a Web developer. User handles include “Atlas in Arlington” and “ObjectivelyHot.”

He founded the site after attending Objectivist conferences, where the “open secret” is that most people are there to meet potential partners. “You shouldn’t need to fly to a conference to meet people with your values,” he says.

Perhaps the biggest service this website provides is saving innocent bystanders the trauma of witnessing the courting process that happens at a conference for a fair to middling dead writer who advanced a damn near sociopathic world view.

A cursory view of the eligible singles on the site reveal that many of them fancy themselves “thinkers”, “dreamers” or “writers”. No surprises there. Many of them talk about finding their Roark, Reardon or Dagny, because they painfully want these aggrandized, one-dimensional characters to exist in real life. One gentleman humblebrags about training to become a “ninja warrior” in case you were scared that all the dudes look like tweedy, bow-tie wearing George Will clones.

If the “Atlas Shrugged” movies did indeed cause a spike in the site’s membership, there don’t seem to be any debonair Grant Bowler types or strikingly blonde Taylor Schillings to be found. However, poor filmmaking and paltry box-office may not be the “Atlas Shrugged” franchises’ biggest crimes. They are now indirectly enabling the world’s most obnoxious people to breed.


TOPICS: Humor; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aynrand
I wouldn't want my daughter anywhere around this man:


1 posted on 10/19/2013 6:20:10 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

“enables the world’s most obnoxious people to breed”

The whole news media has the most obnoxious people especially the liberal news benders.


2 posted on 10/19/2013 6:24:21 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Right on !!!
What we need are more of those Obama fan Occupy Wall Street charmers breeding.
3 posted on 10/19/2013 6:29:03 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I just don’t see purist atheist Randian types having more than 1.1 children per marriage.


4 posted on 10/19/2013 6:34:49 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Amagi
What we need are more of those Obama fan Occupy Wall Street charmers breeding.

Including the "involuntary breeding" occuring in the occupy camps.

5 posted on 10/19/2013 6:35:51 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Anyone who thinks John Galt’s radio speech is foreplay will be too tired to have sex.


6 posted on 10/19/2013 6:38:31 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
... a fair to middling dead writer who advanced a damn near sociopathic world view.

Compared to, say, Saul Alinsky?

7 posted on 10/19/2013 6:40:05 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Just for the record, the site this comes from is a flaming leftist site.


8 posted on 10/19/2013 6:40:46 AM PDT by JimSp
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Maggie Serota

9 posted on 10/19/2013 6:46:07 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: KarlInOhio
How would the author feel about a service called MarxistMatch? Or RadicalsforRomance? Or SeekingSocialists?
10 posted on 10/19/2013 6:46:30 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

A lot of married folks already think selfishness is a virtue. At least these folks will be honest it about it for a change.

That said I’ll take Ayn Rand’s ideas over Karl Marx’s any day of the week.


11 posted on 10/19/2013 6:49:52 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

https://mobile.twitter.com/maggieserota/tweets


12 posted on 10/19/2013 6:50:09 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Likes: Long walks on the beach to scout off-shore drilling sites
Turn-ons: When the train “arrives on time”
Turn-offs: Subjectivism
Body type: Curvy as a dollar sign


13 posted on 10/19/2013 6:52:01 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/maggie-serota/5/9b5/71?_mSplash=1


14 posted on 10/19/2013 6:52:18 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/goldberg.wav


15 posted on 10/19/2013 6:57:03 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Amagi

No hope there, if they do accidentally, they will get abortions.


16 posted on 10/19/2013 6:59:28 AM PDT by gspurlock (http://www.backyardfence.wordpress.com)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

meanwhile welfare recipients breed like rats.


17 posted on 10/19/2013 6:59:28 AM PDT by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy
That said I’ll take Ayn Rand’s ideas over Karl Marx’s any day of the week.

The appalling body count proves that Marxism is the champion toxic atheistic world view. But with university social science departments, they don't need a dating site.

18 posted on 10/19/2013 7:00:16 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; Publius

This could be one of the lost paragraphs from Atlas Shrugged! Somewhere between the train wreck and the doomsday weapon, I would guess. The death throws of a society consuming itself and looking for anyone, other than themselves, to point out as the cause of the decay.


19 posted on 10/19/2013 7:01:03 AM PDT by whodathunkit (DOJ + NSA + IRS = DNI)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

The air she breathes could be better utilized elsewhere.


20 posted on 10/19/2013 7:01:07 AM PDT by Anton.Rutter
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I dunno, the wife and I (three kids) like Rand. I think she came up on the second or third date when we were talking about books. We like a lot of authors though. I think her earlier books worked better as stories, and she’s at her best when just doing a plain old political polemic, as in “Capitalism the Unknown Ideal.” I admire her commitment to free markets and free thinking. Do I agree with every jot and tittle? No, but that goes for any writer, from St. Augustine to Orwell.


21 posted on 10/19/2013 7:01:21 AM PDT by Snake65
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To: mountainlion

Liberals always claim to be tolerant and really think they are. LOL


22 posted on 10/19/2013 7:01:55 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: kcvl

Her looks and brains have gone Galt.


23 posted on 10/19/2013 7:02:33 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Finally, someone paying cash for their own abortions.


24 posted on 10/19/2013 7:10:00 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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To: kcvl

Sheesh.........No danger in your type breeding, Maggie.


25 posted on 10/19/2013 7:10:59 AM PDT by txrefugee
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Looks like someone shaved off Karl Marx's beard, put a dandruff-laden shirt on him, and stuffed a $1.25 plastic cup cocktail in his hand.

26 posted on 10/19/2013 7:11:11 AM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: Snake65
Orwell

My main objection to Orwell is that he was too good at constructing elitist, totalitarian worlds. Today's big government liberals are using his work as a blueprint.

ObamaCare is Affordable: they keep repeating their mantra, as Orwell taught them, and the low-information voters believe.

27 posted on 10/19/2013 7:13:42 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: P.O.E.

Good ones.


28 posted on 10/19/2013 7:15:50 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
...for a fair to middling dead writer who advanced a damn near sociopathic world view.

A Maggie Serota is not qualified to pass such judgments on an Ayn Rand. A competent editor would have ordered her to remove this line.

29 posted on 10/19/2013 7:18:48 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: 14themunny; 21stCenturion; 300magnum; A Strict Constructionist; abigail2; AdvisorB; Aggie Mama; ...

Have at it. This is too much fun.


30 posted on 10/19/2013 7:38:49 AM PDT by Publius (And so, darkness falls on civilization.)
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To: Publius
Good morning. I hope you are doing well.

All I have to say is...

$

5.56mm

31 posted on 10/19/2013 7:51:39 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: kcvl

I can see why she was trolling off beat dating sites for sure. She should try the Guiding eyes for the blind dating site.


32 posted on 10/19/2013 7:58:04 AM PDT by shoff (Vote Democratic it beats thinking!)
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To: mountainlion

I am not very familiar with Ayn Rand or her philosophy.

But, just don’t understand a liberal having an uproar about a dating site for fans of Ayn Rand.

There are dating sites for various other niches. And liberals are tolerant and open minded. Thus, liberals should be ok with such a site, and should not be judgemental about someone “breeding” as a result of meeting someone on such a site.


33 posted on 10/19/2013 8:07:43 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Ayn Rand wrote somewhat like George Orwell in an unkind light on liberals and progressives.


34 posted on 10/19/2013 8:16:25 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Word of the day: “assortative”.


35 posted on 10/19/2013 8:22:00 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

if it helps avoid the morons of the left... I’m all for it

who wants a woman that will fight tooth and nail for the right to kill her kid?


36 posted on 10/19/2013 8:37:30 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Snake65
I dunno, the wife and I (three kids) like Rand.
1.) "I kid you not.
2.) "Are you kidding me?"
3.) "Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey: A kiddley divey too, wooden shoe?"
37 posted on 10/19/2013 8:37:42 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Never liked Rand's female characters.

She couldn't grasp feminine virtues.

38 posted on 10/19/2013 8:44:29 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: kcvl

THAT’S A MAN...oh, wait- no Adam’s apple...never mind!


39 posted on 10/19/2013 8:53:11 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“But, just don’t understand a liberal having an uproar about a dating site for fans of Ayn Rand.”

Rand was completely against Marxism and its many flavors; socialism, communism, etc. Liberals hate that.


40 posted on 10/19/2013 8:59:44 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: CodeToad

But, liberals being so tolerant and non-judgemental and all that, it would seem that they would have no objections to this sort of thing. Or are liberals hypocrites???


41 posted on 10/19/2013 9:02:16 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Born to Conserve

So, Maggie Serota puts the ass in assortative?


42 posted on 10/19/2013 11:47:57 AM PDT by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: whodathunkit

death throes. Sorry.


43 posted on 10/19/2013 11:48:25 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Are bearded men allowed to mingle with the Randroids?


44 posted on 10/19/2013 3:52:13 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: Publius

I haven’t had enough to drink yet, I thought it said Ann RICE...


45 posted on 10/19/2013 5:56:29 PM PDT by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Maggie Serota seems to have a basic disagreement with the concept of “breeding.”


46 posted on 10/19/2013 6:04:13 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (We're At That Awkward Stage: It's too late to vote them out, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
Maggie Serota seems to have a basic disagreement with the concept of “breeding.”

I'm sure the feeling is quite mutual. I can't imagine breeding is beating down her door.

47 posted on 10/19/2013 8:21:46 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: fortheDeclaration
Never liked Rand's female characters.

She couldn't grasp feminine virtues.

Interesting. Never having been an ultra-feminine type myself, and disliking the company of women who behave in stereotypically female fashion, your statement makes me really curious as to what the Ayn Rand women are like. Are they logical, rational tomboys? One of these days, I will read Ayn Rand and find out! Or maybe I will watch the movies, since the 3 point font of Atlas Shrugged defeated my efforts to read it on the first page.

48 posted on 10/20/2013 5:34:50 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

The amount of actual information contained in this article could be given in one sentence. The entire rest of the article is pure snark.


49 posted on 10/20/2013 8:17:54 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Maggie just has a fear of strong, self-made women, that’s all. And by the way, Dagny was kinky as all git out.


50 posted on 10/20/2013 1:59:57 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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