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  • K-12: How Our Schools Make Monsters

    04/24/2018 3:08:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 17, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lots of people who study K-12 education end up looking for a metaphor, a parallel, to explain the unnecessary stupidity of our public schools. Don't bother. Ayn Rand has run ahead and done the job. In 1970, Rand published a long [17k words] essay titled "The Comprachicos" (which roughly translates to the child-buyers). It lovingly examines a bit of history mentioned in a Victor Hugo novel. He wrote about vicious exploiters who mutilate and transform children into all sorts of freaks, dwarfs, gymnasts, and novelties. The techniques are analogous to those used by bonsai masters. You cut, twist, break, deprive...
  • The Final Ride of The Taggart Comet (from Atlas Shrugged)

    03/16/2018 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 36 replies
    Atlas Shrugged | 1957 | Ayn Rand
    The Comet uncoiled from the siding into a thin, straight line, and went on into the mountains, with the beam of the headlight like an extended arm pointing the way, and the lighted glass curve of the observation lounge ending it off. Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake. As the train started its coiling ascent; they saw the small cluster of Winstonís lights at the bottom of the darkness beyond their windows, then the same darkness, but with red and green lights by the hole of a tunnel on the upper edge of the windowpanes. The lights...
  • Was Ayn Rand for Open Borders?

    01/13/2018 10:52:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 13, 2018 | Theo Willem
    For over 30 years, I've been reading and re-reading Ayn Rand's books, both fiction and non-fiction, and I don't recall anything that suggests she was in favor of open borders. Furthermore, Ayn Rand died in 1982 Ė she never witnessed the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11, the steady stream of terrorist massacres throughout the great, historical cities of Europe and on American soil, or the large-scale invasion of so-called "refugees" into Europe. Islam and immigration were not cultural or political issues during her lifetime. So why am I even asking if Ayn Rand would have been for open...
  • Modern Conservatism is an Utter Failure

    09/12/2017 7:52:26 AM PDT · by John Conlin · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/2017 | John Conlin
    It is time to admit it; modern conservatism is almost a complete and utter failure. Todayís conservative movement seems to employ a lot of folks in pretty cushy jobs, prints some magazines, hosts some websites, publishes various books, and puts on conferences until the cows come home Ė for those who donít know, conferences and seminars can be big time money makers. Sadly, its primary purpose seems to have become a self-propagating jobs program for those lucky, skilled, or connected enough to rise to the top.
  • The New Age Of Ayn Rand: How She Won Over Trump And Silicon Valley

    04/11/2017 9:40:15 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-11-2017 | Jonathan Freedland
    Her novel The Fountainhead is one of the few works of fiction that Donald Trump likes and she has long been the darling of the US right. But only now do her devotees hold sway around the world As they plough through their GCSE revision, UK students planning to take politics A-level in the autumn can comfort themselves with this thought: come September, they will be studying one thinker who does not belong in the dusty archives of ancient political theory but is achingly on trend. For the curriculum includes a new addition: the work of Ayn Rand. It is...
  • The Ayn Rand in Donald Trump: The Virtue of America First

    02/15/2017 6:08:44 AM PST · by whodathunkit · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 13, 2017 | Arnold Steinberg
    The evolving foreign policy of Donald Trump is an unintended reincarnation of Ayn Rand. When he says ďAmerica First,Ē he is effectively saying that the United States should act in what Rand would call its ďrational self-interest.Ē Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) was founded forty-one years before the 9/11 attack on America, that is, on September 11, 1960 at the Buckley estate, Great Elm. Its founding document ended: ďThat American foreign policy must be judged by this criterion: does it serve the just interests of the United States?Ē Not the United Nations or the Third World, but only the U.S....
  • Trump's Gulch: Inaugural Opportunities: Making Ayn Rand Relevant in the Era of President Trump

    01/19/2017 6:44:46 PM PST · by huckfillary · 20 replies
    The Atlas Society ^ | January 19, 2017 | Jennifer A. Grossman
    When President Elect Donald Trump named Ayn Rand as his favorite writer, and The Fountainhead as his favorite book, last spring, few Objectivists took notice. With his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States tomorrow, perhaps itís time we should. Others -- critics of Rand and Trump -- arenít shying away from the topic. ďAyn Rand acolyte-Donald Trump stacks his cabinet with fellow objectivists,Ē wrote Washington Post National Political Correspondent James Hohmann in a piece last month. At the same time, one prominent Objectivist, Onkar Ghate, called Trumpís election ďOne Small Step for Dictatorship.Ē Both positions are exaggerated....
  • RAY DALIO ON TRUMP: 'If You Havenít Read Ayn Rand Lately, I Suggest That You Do'

    12/24/2016 9:16:10 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 143 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Dec. 19, 2016
    Ray Dalio, the founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world's biggest hedge fund firm, says people should expect a major shift under President-elect Donald Trump. "Regarding economics, if you havenít read Ayn Rand lately, I suggest that you do as her books pretty well capture the mindset," he wrote in a LinkedIn post on Monday. "This new administration hates weak, unproductive, socialist people and policies, and it admires strong, can-do, profit makers." The post continued: "It wants to, and probably will, shift the environment from one that makes profit makers villains with limited power to one that makes them heroes with...
  • When A Nation Is Doomed - A Definition...

    05/03/2016 9:30:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/03/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Cynics, skeptics, and fiction-peddlers are frowned upon by the Obama administration (and the mainstream media) when it comes to our glorious leader's economic miracle. So we thought a simple litmus test might be useful to judge just how 'doomed' the nation really is... "When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; †when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; †when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work;†and your laws no longer protect you against...
  • A Blot On The Jewish People

    08/19/2014 2:00:40 AM PDT · by idov · 147 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 | Dov Ivry
    There are lots of famous Jewish atheists from Sigmund Freud to Ayn Rand to Isaac Asimov to Woody Allen. How do you think the Jewish community would have reacted if what follows had happened? A Jewish couple, atheists, artists, puts on an exhibit in which they critique five major religions with artworks and commentary. At the end of the first day the gallery owner comes up to them and says, you are attacking Islam and that means you favor the Jews in "Palestine." This is "racism." They try to explain that they are critiquing five major religions equally, did not...
  • On Liberty (Todd Seavey Explains Libertarianism)

    04/12/2016 10:15:19 AM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | April 12, 2016 | Gerard Perry
    I just hope everyone there Ė and all of you out in blogland Ė keep in mind Bryan Caplanís Ideological Turing Test: Strive to model your opponentís thinking as human and well-intentioned, not demonic. I always do, even though everyone is stupid.I love the above quote for a number of reasons, not least because, although laced with irony, it gingerly hints at a fundamental ignorance among vast swathes of the population. Not simply of economics, which, admittedly, is a seemingly abstruse, esoteric area of knowledge that routinely confuses even credentialed experts in their chosen field, but of simple cause and...
  • Political Participation and the Sanction of the Victim

    01/31/2016 5:37:12 PM PST · by huckfillary · 12 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | January 31, 2016 | Artful Dilettante
    In her 1957 masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand introduced us to a powerful concept which she called ‚Äúthe sanction of the victim.‚ÄĚ This concept is defined as ‚Äúthe willingness of the good to suffer at the hands of the evil, to accept the role of sacrificial victim for the ‚Äėsin‚Äė of creating values.‚ÄĚ As Rand explains through the character of her hero, John Galt, ‚ÄúEvil is impotent and has no power but that which we let it extort from us,‚ÄĚ and, ‚ÄúI saw that evil was impotent‚Ķand the only weapon of its triumph was the willingness of the good to...
  • Does Fairness Depend on Kindness or Justice? (Capitalism is for ADULTS)

    11/11/2015 12:08:41 PM PST · by bigjoesaddle · 8 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 11-11-2015 | Garth Sundem
    Does Fairness Depend on Kindness or Justice? An MIT study with the Tsimane People of Bolivia shows the origins of fairness. Posted Nov 11, 2015Imagine you have to split a plate of cookies. Does the person who baked the cookies get the most or do you split them evenly? Most very young children would split them evenly ‚ÄĒ that's fair, right? But as kids get older, they start to take into account who did the work. MIT researchers (link is external) working with the Tsimane' People, who live near San Borja, Bolivia, wondered what makes kids switch from "egalitarian" to...
  • ĎRushí Drummer Who Praised Ayn Rand Now Pounds Rand Paul (Neil Peart: Support Democratic Party)

    06/22/2015 11:56:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 19, 2015 2:33pm ET | Ashley Rae Goldberg
    Neil Peart, the drummer behind the band Rush, has made it known that, as a ďbleeding-heart libertarian,Ē he encourages people to support Democrats. [Ö] Rolling Stone notes that Peart's newfound beliefs appear to prioritize the ďbleeding-heartĒ aspect over the ďlibertarianĒ one. Speaking of the libertarian-oriented Senator Rand Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, Peart allegedly told Rolling Stone it is ďvery obviousĒ that Paul "hates women and brown people.Ē [Ö] Peart, who recently became a United States citizen, told Rolling Stone, ďFor a person of my sensibility, youíre only left with the Democratic party.Ē Ö
  • We petition the Obama Administration to: place Ayn Rand on the ten dollar bill.

    06/20/2015 9:00:17 AM PDT · by walford · 36 replies
    White House Petitions ^ | June 19, 2015 | Unknown
    we petition the obama administration to: place Ayn Rand on the ten dollar bill. Ayn Rand is the perfect candidate for the woman on the ten dollar bill.1. An immigrant who fled oppression2. Success story in literature, philosophy, and Hollywood- a true rags to riches story. She embodies the American dream3. Authored the most read book by an American author4. Has influenced more people than any other woman in American history male or female.If she isn't in the running to be on the ten then no other woman should be on that list.Published Date: Jun 19, 2015
  • Obama at Poverty Forum on ĎCapitalist Types Who Are Reading Ayn Rand & Think Everybody Are Moochersí

    05/12/2015 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | May 12, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama said today that the incidents with police in Baltimore and Ferguson, along with ďa growing awareness of inequality in our society,Ē can turn attention back to poverty in America and bridge ďideological divides that have prevented us from making progress.Ē At the Georgetown University panel on poverty, Obama name-dropped Ayn Rand and acknowledged he may speak differently to a black audience. Panelists joining the president were American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks, Harvard professor Robert Putnam, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. ďThe stereotype is that youíve got folks on the left who just want to pour more...
  • To All Innocent Fifth Columnists: A Call to Action

    05/05/2015 11:43:33 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 9 replies
    1941 | Ayn Rand
    To All Innocent Fifth Columnists Ayn Rand - 1941 You who read this represent the greatest danger to America. No matter what the outcome of the war in Europe may be, Totalitarianism has already won a complete victory in many American minds and conquered all of our intellectual life. You have helped it to win. Perhaps it is your right to destroy civilization and bring dictatorship to America, but not unless you understand fully what you are doing. If that is what you want to do, say so openly, at least to your own conscience, and we who believe in...
  • Flannery OíConnor: Friends Donít Let Friends Read Ayn Rand (1960)

    03/14/2015 8:04:26 PM PDT · by don-o · 49 replies
    Open Culture ^ | June 18, 2014
    In a letter dated May 31, 1960, Flannery OíConnor, the author best known for her classic story, ďA Good Man is Hard to FindĒ (listen to her read the story here) penned a letter to her friend, the playwright Maryat Lee. It begins rather abruptly, likely because itís responding to something Maryat said in a previous letter: I hope you donít have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the...
  • The poo generation: 'What better icon is there for such a culture of terror?'

    03/11/2015 8:40:32 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 15 replies
    WND ^ | March 08, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    When future anthropologists study America in the 21st century and its rapid decline, they will no doubt better understand its code of values (or lack thereof) by examining the symbols and ideas that captured the spirit of the time Ė the things that we held dear. In every generation, there are icons that sum up its core values Ė not official ones, but symbols that really mean something to people: Rosie the Riveter, the American flag, Elvis Presley, the motorcycle jacket, the defeatist ďpeace signĒ and now the tyrannical ďCoexistĒ bumper sticker. There are symbols that sum up the zeitgeist...
  • Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard: The Verdict after Fifty Years

    03/03/2015 9:32:01 AM PST · by Nelson Hultberg · 12 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | 3-2-15 | Nelson Hultberg
    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. What I will be discussing in my talk today is the crucial role that the ideas of Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard have played in the defense of liberty and Western civilization. All Americans, well read in political affairs, know of these famous thinkers. They were two of the most powerful and revolutionary intellectuals in the 20th century, contributing many valuable insights to our knowledge of philosophy, politics, and economics. As with most intellectual rebels, their major ideas about freedom and government were highly controversial. What I will do in this talk is explain what...