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  • Was Ayn Rand a prophet, or scapegoat?

    12/13/2009 1:02:29 PM PST · by rface · 77 replies · 2,056+ views
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Ayn Rand is back. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the long-dead novelist and philosopher has become prophet and a scapegoat. Liberals blame her for the economic collapse, citing the influence of her most famous acolyte, Alan Greenspan. Conservatives hail her as a visionary who saw it all coming. Love her or hate her, Rand's ideas have become fundamental to how Americans understand capitalism. The liberal case against Rand rests on her relationship with Alan Greenspan, the long-term head of the Federal Reserve Bank. In his youth, Greenspan was part of "The Collective," a small...
  • Ayn Rand and America’s New Culture War

    12/13/2009 11:18:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies · 1,643+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 11, 2009 | Jennifer Burns
    From Rush Limbaugh to President Obama, Ayn Rand and her book 'Atlas Shrugged' are recalibrating America.From Fox News to the passenger sitting next to you reading “Atlas Shrugged” on your commute to work, Ayn Rand seems to be everywhere. Since the economic collapse of 2008, the controversial novelist and philosopher has emerged as a leading intellectual on the right – and she’s been dead for nearly 30 years. Rush Limbaugh touts Rand as a prophet of sorts. “Ayn Rand, she wrote ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ ” he told his listeners. “The sequel, ‘Atlas Puked,’ we’re in the middle of it.” At the...
  • The Greatest Guilt

    08/28/2008 12:20:33 PM PDT · by Noumenon · 7 replies · 168+ views
    Afterword to "Anthem" | 1946 | Ayn Rand
    Afterword to Anthem ...Some of those who read the story when it was first written, told me that I was unfair to the ideals of collectivism; this was not, they said, what collectivism preaches or intends; collectivists do not mean or advocate such things; nobody advocates them. I shall merely point out that the slogan "Production for use and not for profit" is now accepted by most men as commonplace, and a commonplace stating a proper, desirable goal. If any intelligible meaning can be discerned in that slogan at all, what is it, if not the idea that the motive...
  • Philosophy: Who Needs It (Ayn Rand Address to the US Military Academy)

    07/23/2008 10:55:27 AM PDT · by mnehring · 30 replies · 154+ views
    Ayn Rand Institute ^ | 1974 | Ayn Rand
    Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York - March 6, 1974 Since I am a fiction writer, let us start with a short short story. Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not hurt badly, the first three questions in or mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do? You see unfamiliar vegetation outside, and there is air to breathe; the sunlight seems paler...
  • This Did Not Work: It Never Will

    06/22/2008 1:40:46 PM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 33 replies · 403+ views
    Independent Individualist ^ | Apr 07, 2008 | Reginald Firehammer
    This Did Not Work It Never Will by Reginald Firehammer Sometime in late 1940 or early 1941, Ayn Rand began efforts to form an "individualist" movement that would counter the growing collectivist, socialist, and communist movements active in those years. She expended a huge amount of time and energy on this "project" which she firmly believed would bring a kind of counter-revolution and restoration of individual liberty and free-market culture to America. One of her supporters in this effort was Channing Pollock, a drama critic, novelist, and playwrite. Her correspondence with Pollock reveals both her enthusiasm and conviction that this...
  • Selfishness, Defined

    06/22/2007 12:43:45 PM PDT · by Raymann · 73 replies · 1,387+ views
    The First Creation ^ | May 28, 2007 | William Dvorak
    Egoism is a state of mind where a person values all things in terms of their value to the self. Egoism and selfishness are virtues, in fact the greatest of all virtues, as they enable life. All living beings are selfish. To survive, they must be. Without fulfilling one's basic needs of water, food, or protection, one would cease to exist. Although selfishness is a necessity, many people hold selflessness as their goal in life, and this altruistic thinking is a dominating and corrosive mainstay of today's society. If one were to give all of his money to charity or...
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY AYN RAND!

    02/02/2007 11:18:17 AM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 66 replies · 1,129+ views
    The Atlas Society ^ | 2/2/2007 | Edward Hudgins
    February 2, 2007 -- Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905; in 2007 we celebrate her great achievements and the legacy that she left us all! Rand has had a significant influence on today's world: Her strong moral defense of freedom and capitalism inspired many who have fought over the years for limited government, individual liberty and free markets. Her great novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, show the terrible consequences of the wrong philosophy on both individuals and societies and present the vision of happy, joyous lives in a benevolent society that is the consequence of human achievement,...
  • The challenge of distilling Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"

    01/13/2007 4:28:30 PM PST · by mjp · 78 replies · 2,254+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Thursday, January 11, 2007 | Kimberly Brown
    Back in the 1970s, Albert S. Ruddy, the producer of "The Godfather," first approached Ayn Rand to make a movie of her novel "Atlas Shrugged." But Rand, who had fled the Soviet Union and gone on to inspire capitalists and egoists everywhere, worried aloud, apparently in all seriousness, that the Soviets might try to take over Paramount to block the project.
  • "Love Letters" (screenplay by Ayn Rand) to air Wednesday

    08/13/2006 8:39:33 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 20 replies · 795+ views
    Freedom Keys ^ | 8-13-2006 | FreeKeys
    The 1945 Movie "Love Letters" (screenplay by Ayn Rand) will be shown  on Turner Classic Movies at 8pm Eastern on Wednesday, August 16th.   Set your Tivos, DVDRs and VCRs if you haven't already gotten a copy  of this delightful film.   See: THIS page.  Also: click on the "MONTH SCHEDULE" button in the  second menu bar (scroll half way down).
  • Phoenix Objectivists meeting

    08/09/2006 8:10:58 PM PDT · by MARenzulli · 3 replies · 348+ views
    Meetup.com ^ | August 9, 2006 | Mike Renzulli
    When: Thursday, August 31, 2006, 6:30 PM Where: Please visit http://aynrand.meetup.com/158/ and sign up for details. There have been location and time changes. Description: This will be our group's August where we will meet to discuss Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. We will listen to a taped lecture and after listening to the it, Ed Carlson will lead the discussion on the issues and points Branden brings up. The time slot has also been moved to up to allow for more discussion after listening to the tape.
  • News on the "Atlas Shrugged" film!

    07/25/2006 7:11:02 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 132 replies · 2,985+ views
    The Atlas Society & Objectivist Center ^ | July 24, 2006 | David Kelley/Ed Hudgins
    Karen and Howard Baldwin spoke at The Atlas Society's recent Summer Seminar about plans for their film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged. The principals in Baldwin Entertainment Group (BEG), producer of the 2004 Oscar-winning "Ray," appeared in a 90 minute panel session on July 7 with TAS board member John Aglialoro, who holds the screen rights to the Ayn Rand novel and will be co-executive producer with Howard Baldwin, the company’s president and CEO. Baldwin and Aglialoro confirmed earlier reports that BEG will collaborate with Lionsgate, the studio that produced last year’s Oscar winner, "Crash”; the final contract was signed just...
  • N.C. in the running for college based on teachings of Ayn Rand

    06/13/2006 11:18:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies · 1,368+ views
    AP ^ | June 13, 2006
    OXFORD, N.C. --A college based on the teachings of philosopher-author Ayn Rand might come to Oxford -- if Maine doesn't get it first. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, the ruling body for the state's public universities, has received a request for the establishment of Founders College in Oxford. The board has to approve applications for private colleges in the state. Two Duke University professors, Gary Hull and Eric Daniels, are involved with the College of Rational Education Inc., which would operate Founders College under Rand's principles. The author of "Atlas Shrugged" emphasized the rights of the individual...
  • New ways to break the law! (are you a criminal? Probably)

    02/18/2006 1:46:55 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 197 replies · 2,883+ views
    Here's a question for you: Can you get through 24 hours without breaking a law? Before you answer, consider: In January, an Atlanta man was arrested and handcuffed for selling a subway token at face value. Donald Pirone observed another passenger having difficulty with a token vending machine, so he gave him a $1.75 token. After the man insisted on paying him, Pirone was cited by a transit officer for a misdemeanor, since state law prohibits selling tokens -- even at face value. A MARTA spokesperson denied that handcuffing a customer for helping another customer was excessive. "There are customer...
  • Going For Galt's Gulch

    05/27/2005 3:55:57 PM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 113 replies · 8,762+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 05/27/05 | David MacGregor
    Going For Galt's Gulch by David MacGregor Galt's Gulch is a high-tech retreat in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged—a place where all the "disappearing" productive people can meet, relax and recharge. John Galt, the hero of "Atlas", is a brilliant engineer who has decided he will not support a corrupt system. He will not allow his mind, his talent, or his efforts to prop it up. He plans a strike like no other—a strike of all those who are the engine of civilisation, the creative producers in every field. His mission is to persuade each and every one to...
  • Why Ayn Rand Matters: Metaphysics, Morals and Liberty

    02/14/2005 8:31:09 PM PST · by tbird5 · 12 replies · 655+ views
    Social Affairs Unit. ^ | February 14, 2005 | Elaine Sternberg
    Ayn Rand deserves to be taken seriously, because she was right about three things of immense importance: metaphysics, morals and individual liberty. Although many of her characteristic arguments were anticipated by Aristotle, Rand highlighted their relevance to modern life, and made them accessible. And by illustrating key philosophical concepts in superbly titled novels, she has provided millions of readers with arguments, and a vocabulary, that can be used to challenge the errors of conventional morality and collectivist government. The great metaphysical truth that Rand recognised is supremely simple: 'A is A'. This is a shorthand way of referring both to...
  • Ayn Rand's Contribution to the Cause of Freedom

    02/03/2005 7:47:48 PM PST · by tbird5 · 19 replies · 763+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | February 2, 2005 | Roderick T. Long
    Today marks the centenary of Ayn Rand's birth. Born Alisa Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2nd, 1905, Rand would go on to become one of the 20th century's foremost voices for human freedom. After living through the Russian Revolution, and the economic chaos and political repression that came in its wake—events she would later dramatize in her novel We the Living—Rand fled the Soviet Union for the United States in 1926 to begin her career as screenwriter, playwright, and novelist. Dividing her time between Hollywood and New York, the fiercely anticommunist Rand began to develop a philosophy of...
  • Ayn Rand at 100

    02/03/2005 7:43:40 PM PST · by tbird5 · 19 replies · 563+ views
    reason online ^ | March 2005 | Cathy Young
    A hundred years after her birth and nearly 25 years after her death, Ayn Rand remains a fascinating and enigmatic presence. She has been “mainstreamed” enough to have been honored by a U.S. Postal Service stamp in 1999 and to have been featured on C-SPAN’s American Writers series in 2002. Her novels figure prominently in readers’ lists of the 20th century’s greatest books. Notably, in a 1991 survey of more than 2,000 Book-of-the-Month Club members about books that made a difference in their lives, Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, came in second—albeit a very distant second—to the Bible. Rand, a...
  • Ayn Rand 100th Birthday

    02/02/2005 2:03:03 PM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 46 replies · 1,238+ views
    The Objectivist Center ^ | February 2, 2005 | Edward Hudgins
    Ayn Rand at 100: The Moral Defense of Freedom By Edward Hudgins ehudgins@objectivistcenter.org She was born on February 2, 1905, in Russia. At the age of nine she decided she wanted to be a writer. As a teenager she lived through the horrors of the communist revolution, and at age twenty-one she made her way to the United States. She learned English and became a best-selling author; her books still sell hundreds of thousands of copies a year and in 1991, over a decade after her death, a Library of Congress survey found that her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, was...
  • Considering the Last Romantic, Ayn Rand, at 100

    02/02/2005 10:51:31 AM PST · by Borges · 61 replies · 1,386+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 02/02/05 | EDWARD ROTHSTEIN
    What did Ayn Rand want? Today is the centennial of her birth, and while newsletters and Web sites devoted to her continue to proliferate, and while little about her private life or public influence remains unplumbed, it is still easier to understand what she didn't want than what she did. Her scorn was unmistakable in her two novel-manifestos, "The Fountainhead" (1943), about a brilliant architect who stands proud against collective tastes and egalitarian sentimentality, and "Atlas Shrugged" (1957), about brilliant industrialists who stand proud against government bureaucrats and socialized mediocrity. It is still possible, more than 20 years after her...
  • The evolution of Ayn Rand

    01/30/2005 3:14:41 PM PST · by beavus · 126 replies · 2,086+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/30/05 | Steve Chapman
    Has Ayn Rand gone mainstream? The radical champion of individualism and capitalism, who died in 1982, is no longer an exotic taste. Her image has adorned a U.S. postage stamp. Her ideas have been detected in a new mass-market animated comedy film, "The Incredibles." And Wednesday, on the 100th anniversary of her birth, there will be a Rand commemoration at the Library of Congress--an odd site for a ceremony honoring a fierce anti-statist. In her day, Rand was at odds with almost every prevailing attitude in American society. She infuriated liberals by preaching economic laissez-faire and lionizing titans of business....
  • Libertarian group eyes budget process

    01/12/2005 3:58:27 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 375+ views
    news-register.com ^ | 1 11 05 | DAVID BATES
    Richard Burke spent Monday in Salem, making the rounds of legislative staff to get a feel for the political climate in the Capitol while lawmakers were busy on the floor or elsewhere in the building. Burke, who heads Oregon's Libertarian Party, feels the temperature may be more or less right for a coalition of Libertarians, Republicans and other conservative activists to leave a stamp not only on the state's nearly $12 billion budget, but possibly even on the process lawmakers use to draft one every two years. "You see a little bit of the coalition creeping in there," Burke said...
  • The end of radical environmentalism?(Book Review: Michael Crichton's State of Fear)

    01/10/2005 1:32:33 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 21 replies · 2,213+ views
    www.lp.org ^ | 1 10 05 | Joseph L. Bast
    [State of Fear, by Michael Crichton. 603 pages. Published December 7, 2004, by HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover, $27.95. Available at www.Amazon.com.] Michael Crichton, the author of The Andromeda Strain, Rising Sun, Jurassic Park and other block-buster thrillers, has penned a novel that could profoundly change the national and even international debate over global warming. It's long overdue. Crichton's State of Fear, with a reported first print run of 1.7 million copies, is an action thriller that doubles as a scientific primer on global warming and other environmental topics. Crichton's protagonists -- a scientist, a lawyer, a philanthropist and two remarkably athletic...
  • GOP admits small government no longer its driving force

    01/02/2005 12:44:40 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 69 replies · 2,191+ views
    www.lpin.org ^ | 12 31 04 | lpin.org
    Republicans have given up the pretense that their party is the party of small government. “One of the most misunderstood parts of Hoosier culture is that Hoosiers are reluctant of change of any kind,” State Rep. Luke Messer told Brian Howey, publisher of Indianapolis Eye News, in an article that identifies an undercurrent in Indiana to have a constitutional convention. “If we have a strong leader, Hoosiers are willing to step up and make big changes. Bob Knight and Larry Bird were pretty big figures in Hoosier culture and they have been willing to make big changes. What we want...
  • Republican county attorney in Kansas changes registration to Libertarian

    12/31/2004 12:18:54 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 57 replies · 1,503+ views
    www.lp.org ^ | 12 30 04 | www.lp.org
    After being elected twice as a Republican to the position of county attorney in Anderson County, Kan., Fred Campbell decided following the Nov. 2 elections to drop his Republican Party affiliation in favor of the Libertarian Party, saying the GOP has abandoned the idea of minimal government. Campbell was re-elected in November with no opposition. He has been a Republican for years, primarily because he's "always been in favor of less government rather than more," he said. "I've always thought that the Republican Party was the major party that went along with that philosophy," Campbell explained. "But in the last...
  • Why are objectivists hyping "The Incredibles"?

    12/06/2004 5:45:10 AM PST · by billybudd · 70 replies · 1,645+ views
    Danny Taggart's Blogarama ^ | 12/06/2004 | Danny Taggart
    I'm somewhat befuddled as to why objectivists seem so enthralled with The Incredibles. I suppose some of it has to do with some press coverage labelling the movie "Randian". It is understandable for objectivists to bask in the national spotlight that so rarely shines on them. Objectivists seem to be confused by The Incredibles. What underlies their confusion with this movie is their reflexive attempt to fit cultural events into the narrative of Atlas Shrugged. The proper dichotomy should be, they argue, between the strong and the weak, the able and the incompetent. So it is not surprising that they...
  • dont drink and vote

    11/01/2004 2:50:16 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 459+ views
    There's been a lot of vitriol hurled at both Democrats and Republicans this election, but I'd like to focus on one party that has, until this point, largely escaped some richly deserved criticism. The voters. That's right, the precious American voters: Sacred stewards of democracy. You don't have to spin around in an election cycle for long to discover that a shocking number of voters are in fact gullible, greedy, oblivious to facts, or simply fundamentally retarded. However, three types of voters deserve special mention for taking their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote, and essentially wiping their with it. Let's...
  • Update on Atlas Shrugged Movie, September 3, 2004

    10/16/2004 11:15:04 AM PDT · by TomDoniphon68 · 37 replies · 981+ views
    The Atlas Society received a note just two days ago from the Baldwin Entertainment Group. This is the company that is now producing the Atlas Shrugged movie (Howard Baldwin founded the company after the shakeup at Crusader). This is what he says: "...everything is on track and [the movie] hasn’t been held up one bit.... I assure you that this will be a big movie and IT WILL GET MADE." I will keep you posted on the progress--whenever there is progress to report! Cheers, Patrick Stephens Webmaster, The Atlas Society
  • Philosophy: Who Needs It?

    08/24/2004 10:26:42 PM PDT · by Mr.Atos · 15 replies · 878+ views
    ...There is a special reason why you, the future leaders of the United States Army, need to be philosophically armed today. You are the target of a special attack by the Kantian-Hegelian-collectivist establishment that dominates our cultural institutions at present. You are the army of the last semi-free country left on earth, yet you are accused of being a tool of imperialism--and "imperialism" is the name given to the foreign policy of this country, which has never engaged in military conquest and has never profited from the two world wars, which she did not initiate, but entered and won. (It...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Good and Evil: A Comparison of Atlas Shrugged and The Lord of the Rings

    07/14/2004 2:02:19 PM PDT · by Taka No Kimi · 40 replies · 1,463+ views
    Pierssen Consulting ^ | Fred Pierssen
    Upon reading and rereading Atlas Shrugged and The Lord of the Rings, I find comparison of the two tempting, for both of these novels display firm and compelling visions regarding personal philosophy and the rejection of Evil. One of the most unique aspects of Atlas Shrugged is its rational definition of Good and Evil based on the principles of Objectivism. Good is that which is free, independent, thinking, and productive. Evil is that which attempts to feed upon others through false premises. But fundamentally Good is strong and Evil is weak, for Evil can only perpetuate itself through the consent...
  • Pot smokers aren't terrorists

    05/06/2004 11:53:32 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 431+ views
    the orion ^ | may 5 2004 | Adrian Aguila
    Yes, I inhale. I am one of more than 100,000 California medical cannabis patients. I use cannabis, marijuana, pot or whatever you want to call it, to alleviate symptoms from post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorders. Cannabis allows me to forget about my neuroses and live a productive life as a student, volunteer, and activist. The U.S. government likes to paint cannabis as an evil monster, but that is not true. Most taxpayers are tired of billions of dollars being spent to wage a drug war that's done nothing but widen the profit margin of drug dealers and placed millions of...
  • Censorship in arts 'healthy,' Pat Boone says

    04/23/2004 4:32:12 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 114 replies · 649+ views
    washington times ^ | 4 23 04 | Steve Miller
    A healthy society needs censorship to survive, 1950s musical icon Pat Boone said yesterday. He added that he would welcome strong content restrictions governing movies and other artistic works. "I don't think censorship is a bad word, but it has become a bad word because everybody associates it with some kind of restriction on liberty," said Mr. Boone, who is in Washington making the rounds as the national spokesman for the 60-Plus Association, a conservative senior citizen lobby.
  • Taxing times for 16th Amendment rebels.

    04/19/2004 1:45:33 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 75 replies · 2,377+ views
    reason online.com ^ | 4 2004 | Brian Doherty
    "I won’t go to jail." Bob Schulz announces this in late January to a rapt crowd of 200 gathered in an auditorium in Crystal City, Virginia. It’s the first national conference of the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, a nonprofit advocacy group Schulz founded and runs. He delivers his declaration not with reckless bravado but with a dignified, quiet, middle-management-lifer assurance, in keeping with his general mien. Schulz is a serious white male in a nice conservative dark suit, a former environmental engineer for both General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency. He’s been married for 38 years...
  • "We the Living" film to be re-released in theaters

    11/20/2003 6:28:01 PM PST · by RJCogburn · 48 replies · 140+ views
    Atlas Society ^ | 11/20/03
    After a 15-year absence from the big screen, Ayn Rand’s film classic, We The Living, will return to the theaters on December 3rd at in Los Angeles. Producer and film distributor Duncan Scott—who worked with Rand and her associates Erika and Henry Mark Holzer to restore the film—has announced that this showing will be the first of a series of theatrical showings nationally throughout the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2004. (The film is also slated to run in San Francisco at the Castro Theater on March 3 and 4, 2004.) ---------------snip------------------------------------ Film buffs have long been fascinated...
  • 9-11: The Ultimate Philosophy Lesson

    09/11/2003 12:02:31 AM PDT · by jennyp · 16 replies · 260+ views
    The Objectivist Center ^ | 9/10/03 | Ed Hudgins
    P>So much has been written about the 9-11 terrorist attacks that it is difficult to add much that is new or enlightening. Perhaps it is sufficient to reflect that most of the observations and lessons make one point in common: A rational philosophy is literally a matter of life and death. Real philosophy is not constituted in dry, dusty books, nor in senseless and soul-killing rules to be followed by rote. The Objectivist philosophy instructs us on the nature of reality (existence exists); about how we can discover truth (through the use our rational faculty); on what code of values...
  • Kidney donor pushes his altruism to the extreme

    08/18/2003 12:35:18 PM PDT · by jennyp · 45 replies · 663+ views
    New York Times via Seattle Times ^ | 8/18/2003 | Stephanie Strom
    Kidney donor pushes his altruism to the extremeBy Stephanie StromThe New York Times PHILADELPHIA — Having given one kidney to a total stranger, Zell Kravinsky was sipping an orange-mango Snapple and, unprompted, making a case for giving away his other one. "What if someone needed it who could produce more good than me?" Kravinsky said last week. "What if I was a perfect match for a dying scientist who was the intellectual driving force behind a breakthrough cure for cancer or AIDS or on the brink of unlocking the secrets of cell regeneration?" The consequences of Kravinsky giving away his...
  • A village off the map and outside the clock

    06/23/2003 3:41:40 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 8 replies · 126+ views
    A VILLAGE OFF THE MAP AND OUTSIDE THE CLOCK Villagers make wine-drinking a key element in their social lives.A EurasiaNet Photo Essay by Giga Chikhladze: 6/20/03 A villager tastes a cask of young wine. Affection for Stalin abides with other antiquated customs. Akhalsopheli village, in northwest Georgia, is so small that one cannot find it on most maps. Villagers never lock their doors, worry about getting fired, or introduce themselves to strangers. It is not hard to know the entire town: its population consists of fewer than 50 elderly couples. Their children have moved out to cities long ago...
  • Mixed Premises: A Critique of Murray Rothbard’s “Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult”

    06/19/2003 3:35:54 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 76 replies · 1,532+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | June 18, 2003 | G. Stolyarov II
    In 1972, a renowned and insightful libertarian economist of the Austrian School and a former associate of Ayn Rand, Dr. Murray Rothbard (1926-1995), composed a purported analysis of the “cult dynamics” of Ayn Rand’s personal associations wherein he compared the early development of Objectivism to a Soviet-like hierarchy of unquestioned subordination and an essentially religious acceptance on faith of the positions upheld by a master “guru.” While Rothbard does validly pinpoint some of the foibles which lay within even so ingenious, industrious, and intellectually colossal mind as Rand’s, his exposition should by no means be interpreted as a refutation of...
  • Ayn Rand: Still a Best-selling Author

    06/16/2003 4:06:00 PM PDT · by RJCogburn · 45 replies · 310+ views
    Atlas Society ^ | 6/14/03
    Over twenty years after her death, Ayn Rand’s works continue to sell at bestseller levels. In fact, sales of Rand’s books have reached all-time highs. According to Penguin/Putnam, publisher of her books, sales of their paperback editions of her masterwork, Atlas Shrugged, exceeded 140,000 copies in 2002, up ten percent from the preceding year. Sales of Anthem soared an astonishing twenty percent. Combined sales of all four of her novels in paperback (which also include The Fountainhead and We the Living) exceeded 374,000 copies. That level is higher than any since Rand’s death in 1982. If we add to this...
  • Crusader will put Hart into Rand's 'Atlas'

    06/08/2003 9:16:31 AM PDT · by RJCogburn · 28 replies · 254+ views
    Variety ^ | 5/12/03 | DAVE MCNARY
    Phillip Anschutz's Crusader Entertainment has acquired film rights to Ayn Rand's bestselling novel "Atlas Shrugged" and tapped James V. Hart to write the screenplay. The story, first published in 1957, revovles around an economic collapse in the near-future United States as its top innovators and industrialists inexplicably disappear amid the growing power of politicians. The novel is also widely recognized for espousing Rand's philosphy of Objectivism, which advocates laissez-faire capitalism and self-sufficiency. "We are so thrilled to have gotten the rights to such a tremendous work -- it is a great story that has equal parts mystery and romance and...
  • Film Company to Bring "Atlas Shrugged" to the Screen

    05/14/2003 10:19:21 AM PDT · by RJCogburn · 118 replies · 476+ views
    The Objectivist Center is pleased to announce that a new project to film Atlas Shrugged has just been launched. Crusader Entertainment, LLC, a Beverly Hills-based production company, announced on May 12 that it had acquired the film rights to Ayn Rand's great novel. The company also announced that it has signed veteran screenwriter James V. Hart, whose film credits include the ambitious adaptation of Carl Sagan's science fiction novel Contact, to write the screenplay. "We are so thrilled to have gotten the rights to such a tremendous work," said Howard Baldwin, Crusader's President and CEO. "It is a great story...
  • THE ROOTS OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY (Authentic American Political Philosophy)

    05/01/2003 11:40:34 PM PDT · by unspun · 58 replies · 2,376+ views
    The Institute for American Liberty ^ | 1997 | J. David Gowdy
    THE ROOTS OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL LIBERTY By: J. David Gowdy Copyright © 1997: Institute for American Liberty Our second President, John Adams stated: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  Why would Adams declare that our Constitution is made only for a moral people and a religious people? What does morality have to do with its articles? While it establishes freedom of religion, why would it be wholly inadequate to the government of a non-religious people? The Constitution itself gives us little clue; it simply...
  • Ayn Rand and the Intellectuals

    05/01/2003 8:44:18 AM PDT · by RJCogburn · 820 replies · 413+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 5/1/03 | Ray Thomas
    HATING WHAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND Liberal intellectuals (almost a redundancy, that) hate author Ayn Rand. They don't just dislike her, they hate her with a passion. The reason? Because she has single-handedly come up with a logical and reasonable philosophy that strips them bare and reveals all their scams and schemes so that people who know her philosophy (Objectivism) automatically spot one of their scams from a long ways away. THEY CAN'T TELL YOU WHY They don't subject her to the usual mild criticism or "shunning" to which they subject liberals who say something "slightly different" from "the norm." Their...
  • What does Ayn Rand mean when she describes selfishness as a virtue?

    04/23/2003 4:42:38 PM PDT · by RJCogburn · 225 replies · 566+ views
    Ayn Rand rejects altruism, the view that self-sacrifice is the moral ideal. She argues that the ultimate moral value, for each human individual, is his or her own well-being. Since selfishness (as she understands it) is serious, rational, principled concern with one's own well-being, it turns out to be a prerequisite for the attainment of the ultimate moral value. For this reason, Rand believes that selfishness is a virtue. In the introduction to her collection of essays on ethical philosophy, The Virtue of Selfishness (VOS), Rand writes that the "exact meaning" of selfishness is "concern with one's own interests" (VOS,...
  • What Is the Objectivist View of Libertarianism?

    04/13/2003 3:40:52 PM PDT · by RJCogburn · 63 replies · 379+ views
    Objectivist Center ^ | 3/03 | David Kelley and William Thomas
    The Objectivist political ideal is a society of trade, in which people interact by voluntary means to mutual benefit, rather than by coercion, plunder, and the exercise of power. A society of trade is a free society, in which individuals enjoy rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, and in which government is strictly limited to the function of protecting those rights through a system of law, with no authority to regulate belief, speech, the arts, or economic markets except to prevent one citizen or group from violating the rights of others. This political outlook puts Objectivism...
  • The Selling of Ayn Rand's Papers

    01/27/2003 12:28:19 PM PST · by RJCogburn · 15 replies · 188+ views
    Liberty Magazine ^ | March, 1999 | R.W. Bradford
    The auction of Ayn Rand manuscripts, rare editions, and memorabilia proved to be a landmark sale, establishing Rand as one of a very small group of literary figures whose manuscripts and rare editions are most eagerly sought by collectors. The auction of Ayn Rand papers and various other memorabilia, from the holdings of Barbara Branden and Robert Hessen (with a handful from others' collections), was a major event for collectors of Rand material. The sale included about 4,500 pages of Rand's manuscripts, 19 inscribed books (many of them first editions), other autographed books, plus miscellaneous material ranging from signed publishing...
  • Is John Galt Venezuelan?

    01/09/2003 11:33:20 PM PST · by victim soul · 29 replies · 5,039+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | 1.10.03 | Thor L. Halvorssen
    On January 1 Venezuela entered into its second month of a national work stoppage. Close to 90 percent of the working population refuses to participate as producers in an economy that supports the regime of Lieutenant Col. Hugo Chavez. In a disorganized and chaotic fashion, without any single leader or political party, the people (known as “the opposition”) have taken a page out of Ayn Rand’s novel, Atlas Shrugged, and tried to answer an important question in that literary masterpiece: what would happen if the productive forces laboring under a despotic government went on strike and ceased subsidizing their own...
  • Aminal Farm meets Atlas Shrugged In Beijing, a Scene Not Even Orwell Would Recognize

    12/08/2002 9:51:14 AM PST · by Stillwillin · 29 replies · 314+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, December 8, 2002 | John Pomfret
    "Shang's play is more Ayn Rand than George Orwell...My play is about how stupid and devious the common people can be," he says. "In my play, they are the ones to blame." ..."I didn't like Orwell's idea that it was all the fault of the leaders. People should take responsibility"
  • Movie Magic: Ayn Rand Casts Atlas Shrugged

    11/11/2002 4:00:21 PM PST · by RJCogburn · 37 replies · 652+ views
    The Atlas Society ^ | 11/11/02 | Erika Holzer
    They were the most heady "casting parties" I ever attended. I especially liked being the only attendee (Hank Holzer also being present but not contributing much to the fun). Those of you who've read my 2001 essay for The Atlas Society, "Why Ayn Rand Would Have Loved This Site," know that I'm a lawyer turned novelist and that, during the mid-60s, my husband and I represented Ms. Rand. Those of you who have checked out my website (www.erikaholzer.com) learned, from the site's dedication, that my husband and I held professional consultations with Ms. Rand - not during normal business hours,...
  • PROBLEMS OF OBJECTIVISM - An Introduction

    10/16/2002 10:44:22 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 16 replies · 2,704+ views
    Fire and Hammer ^ | October, 2002 | Reginal Firehammer
    PROBLEMS OF OBJECTIVISM An Introduction Ayn Rand is one of the greatest of twentieth century figures. A writer, lecturer, and philosopher, her influence continues to this day unabated in such diverse fields as the arts, literature, philosophy, education, economics, and politics. Most famous for her novels, which continue to sell very well, her most profound influence is through her philosophy, which she called Objectivism. Ayn Rand has always been the object of controversy and criticism, because she had something to say, and it was not the same old insipid mush spouted my most intellectuals, but something fresh and interesting, even...