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    06/07/2015 5:38:13 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 70 replies
    First Things ^ | 6/8/2011 | Joe Carter
    Over the past few years, Anton LaVey and his book The Satanic Bible has grown increasingly popular, selling thousands of new copies. His impact has been especially pronounced in our nation’s capital. One U.S. senator has publicly confessed to being a fan of the The Satanic Bible while another calls it his “foundation book.” On the other side of Congress, a representative speaks highly of LaVey and recommends that his staffers read the book. A leading radio host called LaVey “brilliant” and quotations from the The Satanic Bible can be glimpsed on placards at political rallies. More recently, a respected...
  • Antisemitism Explained From An Objectivist Perspective

    09/05/2014 7:27:40 PM PDT · by Misterioso · 10 replies
    The Brussels Journal ^ | August 3, 2014 | Nikolaas de Jong
    It is common knowledge --at least for part of the right-- that resentment of Israel is merely an extension of Western self-hatred. We know that Israel is hated by the Arab world and many of the “have nots” of the postmodern age, because the fact that it is the only democracy and successful economy in the Middle East serves as a constant and unwelcome reminder to these countries that their problems cannot simply be blamed on the Western colonial legacy, and that, on the contrary, there is a fundamental flaw in their mentality and culture. For the same reason, the...
  • Progressive Racism: The Hidden Motive Driving Modern Politics

    03/23/2014 7:16:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 3/10/2014 | Zombie
    Progressive politics is rooted in racism. Look carefully at most social or fiscal policies advocated by progressives and you’ll see that underneath their false public rationales lie hidden racist fears and assumptions — some of which the progressives may be too embarrassed to admit even to themselves, much less to the world. In modern politics, everyone doubts everyone else’s sincerity. Each side automatically presumes that the other side presents a false public justification for its political views. And in most cases it is wise to doubt, because most public justifications are indeed lies — sometimes unconscious lies. But surprisingly often...
  • Barbara Branden, RIP

    12/12/2013 5:34:37 PM PST · by Raymann · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | Dec. 12, 2013 | Brian Doherty
    Barbara Branden, the first biographer of Ayn Rand with her penetrating and humanizing The Passion of Ayn Rand (1986), has died at age 84. Branden and her then-husband Nathaniel Branden were Rand's closest associates and friends during the years she finished writing Atlas Shrugged and the years when the Nathaniel Branden Institute began teaching the principles of Rand's Objectivism in lecture form to a wider world.
  • "Who is John Galt?" Now Available

    11/12/2013 11:29:26 AM PST · by Publius · 98 replies
    A Billthedrill/Publius Essay | 12 November 2013 | Billthedrill & Publius
    Who is John Galt?: A Navigational Guide to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is now available at Amazon. Click here for a link to the book. This book is the result of our first FReeper Book Club. In recent press articles and among the general public, there is a sense that Ayn Rand’s monumental Atlas Shrugged is a prophetic work, accurately predicting the Great Recession and the path on which America’s economy and society are set. But Atlas Shrugged is a difficult book to read. Many are daunted by its extreme length, Rand’s prose style, interminable speeches where the action stops...
  • Alan Greenspan: Where the Economy Went Wrong, Where He Went Wrong—and Ayn Rand.

    10/20/2013 3:38:49 AM PDT · by lbryce · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 18, 2013 6:06 p.m. ET | Alexandra Wolfe
    Complete Title:Alan Greenspan: What Went Wrong The Former Fed chairman on Where the Economy Went Wrong, Where He Went wrong—and Ayn Rand. Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, goes to a lot of parties. He and his wife, the TV journalist Andrea Mitchell, "sort of get invited everywhere," he says, sitting in front of the long bay window in his office on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C. Lately, though, cocktails and dinners seem to have guest lists drawn almost exclusively from one political party or the other. "It used to be a ritualistic 50-50 at parties—the doyennes...
  • Is Rand Paul’s Love of Ayn Rand a ‘Conspiracy’? (Chait: Why Ayn Rand is Evil)

    06/20/2013 12:48:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 147 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jonathan Chait
    My item on Rand Paul the other day, predictably, went over quite badly in the libertarian community. The Insomniac Libertarian, in an item wonderfully headlined “Obama Quisling Jonathan Chait Smears Rand Paul,” complains that my Paul piece “never discloses that [my] wife is an Obama campaign operative.” A brief annotated response: 1. I question the relevance of the charge, since Rand Paul is not running against Obama. 2. In point of fact, my wife is not an Obama campaign operative and has never worked for Obama’s campaign, or his administration, or volunteered for his campaign, or any campaign, and does...
  • Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis

    05/11/2013 12:12:17 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 178 replies
    First Things ^ | March 27, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Ayn Rand was no fan of C.S. Lewis. She called the famous apologist an “abysmal bastard,” a “monstrosity,” a “cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-meta­physical mediocrity,” a “pickpocket of concepts,” and a “God-damn, beaten mystic.” (I suspect Lewis would have particularly relished the last of these.) These insults and more can be found in her marginal notes on a copy of Lewis’ Abolition of Man, as printed in Ayn Rand’s Marginalia: Her critical comments on the writings of over 20 authors, edited by Robert Mayhew. Excerpts appear below, with Lewis’ writing (complete with Rand’s highlighting and underlining) on the left and...
  • Ayn Rand's Appeal

    08/22/2012 12:12:50 PM PDT · by Publius · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 21 August 2012 | Onkar Ghate
    Paul Ryan is Romney’s pick for Vice President and now Ayn Rand’s name is on everyone’s lips. Many on the left are pillorying Ryan as an unrealistic “ideologue” because of his Rand connection. Many on the right accede, quickly trying to set aside Ryan’s admiration for "Atlas Shrugged" as youthful indiscretion. “Every young conservative has a fascination with Ayn Rand at some point,” Romney’s strategist Eric Fehrnstrom says dismissively. But hold on. If we actually consider the essence of what Rand advocates, the idea that her philosophy is childish over-simplification stands as condemnation not of her position but of the...
  • The secret hero of Spider-Man (a NY Post profile of the elusive artist Steve Ditko)

    07/05/2012 11:39:02 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 2, 2012 | By REED TUCKER
    The sidewalk vendors of Times Square sell cheap metal signs bearing the image of Spider-Man, no doubt unaware that the superhero’s co-creator walks right past them every day, completely unrecognized. Then again, only a handful of people in the world would recognize Steve Ditko, the mysterious 84-year-old artist who, with writer Stan Lee, dreamed up the wall crawler back in 1962. ...When The Post knocked on his door, Ditko — who turns out to be a owlish man with wisps of white hair and ink-stained hands, wearing large black glasses and an unbuttoned white shirt with a white tee beneath...
  • Why Care About Rajat Gupta?

    11/07/2011 5:36:29 PM PST · by ARCLights · 4 replies
    Business Rights Watch ^ | Nov. 7, 2011 | Alexander R. Cohen
    For version with links, see Source URLIf you’re one of the many Americans—including both Tea Partiers and Occupiers—angry at privileged people who seem to make private profits on socialized risks, you may feel a certain schadenfreude at the news that Rajat Gupta has been charged with a felony: Gupta is being prosecuted for his alleged conduct during the period when Goldman Sachs, of whose board he was a member, received a massive bailout from the United States Treasury, whose secretary, one of the leading advocates of bailing out financial businesses like Goldman, was a former CEO of Goldman. No doubt...
  • Questions for Conservatives about Gay Marriage and Sock Drawers and assorted ZOTS

    07/05/2011 8:48:30 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 279 replies
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | July 1, 2011 | Edward Hudgins
    With New York the latest state to allow gay marriage and others likely to follow, this issue will continue to consume public attention. Most conservatives strongly oppose such unions. I want to ask my conservative friends to take a quick logical trip: Help me—and you—understand your perspective. Your Limits on Government Let’s start with your views concerning government. Most of you believe that government should not jail consenting adults for engaging, in the privacy of their homes, in homosexual acts of which you, personally, disapprove. Most of you would not have the government bar such individuals from living together. Most...
  • Ayn Rand Led Me to Christ

    06/29/2011 4:15:55 PM PDT · by newheart · 44 replies
    Christianity Today (Online) ^ | 6/29/2011 | Bishop Edward S. Little II
    Rand changed my life. When I embraced her philosophy, Objectivism, the conversion was far more dramatic than my decision, several years later, to follow Jesus Christ—more dramatic, but in the end transitory. Yet Rand, the novelist, philosopher, and uncompromising atheist, inadvertently opened a door for the gospel. I don't believe dead people spin in their graves, but if they did and she could read these words, I imagine Rand would be twirling violently. As many have noted, Rand's ethic of rational self-interest is incompatible with the gospel, and leads to social as well as spiritual disaster. "Most observers see Rand...
  • The Fountainhead of Satanism

    06/08/2011 9:34:29 PM PDT · by Shalmaneser · 140 replies
    First Things ^ | June 8 2011 | Joe Carter
    Over the past few years, Anton LaVey and his book The Satanic Bible has grown increasingly popular, selling thousands of new copies. His impact has been especially pronounced in our nation’s capital. One U.S. senator has publicly confessed to being a fan of the The Satanic Bible while another calls it his “foundation book.” On the other side of Congress, a representative speaks highly of LaVey and recommends that his staffers read the book. A leading radio host called LaVey “brilliant” and quotations from the The Satanic Bible can be glimpsed on placards at political rallies. More recently, a respected...
  • Who is Ron Paul?

    05/20/2011 5:51:19 AM PDT · by haujo01 · 11 replies
    A Hollywood Republican ^ | 5/20/11 | Frank DeMartini
    ...Perennial presidential candidate, Ron Paul is the standard bearer of the Libertarian movement in this country and a Conservative Republican Congressman from Texas. His first official run for President occurred in 1988 on the Libertarian ticket. Since then, he ran again in 2008 as a Republican and is now officially seeking the Republican nomination in 2012. Even with this assumed notoriety, at this point, Paul is still not that well known (although that may be changing) and as such, is considered a ‘dark horse’ candidate. And, this is why I ask: Who is Ron Paul and really, what does he...
  • EXCLUSIVE:‘Atlas Shrugged’Producers Intend to Complete Trilogy; CNN & MSNBC Reject Their Ads

    04/28/2011 11:29:15 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 82 replies
    Andrew Breitbart Presents Big Hollywood ^ | 04.28.11 5:48 pm | John Nolte Editor In Chief
    Lately, there have been duelling stories in the entertainment press about the future of ”Atlas Shrugged.” With disappointing box office returns, the producers have been asked if they will go ahead and complete the franchise and in one interview we’re being told there will be no trilogy and in another we’re being told that there will. To clear the air, I reached out via email and “Atlas” producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow were both good enough to respond with exclusive quotes that should help to calm fears of “Atlas” fans everywhere. Most surprising, though, was the revelation CNN, CNBC,...
  • 'Atlas Shrugged' producer: 'Critics, you won.' He's going 'on strike.

    04/27/2011 1:35:44 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 99 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 26, 2011 | Rebecca Keegan
    Twelve days after opening "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1," the producer of the Ayn Rand adaptation said Tuesday that he is reconsidering his plans to make Parts 2 and 3 because of scathing reviews and flagging box office returns for the film.
  • Ayn Rand's Objectivism is the Antithesis of Christianity, American Self-Government, and Liberty

    04/18/2011 1:59:33 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 194 replies ^ | April 18, 2011 | Tom Hoefling
    With the release this past weekend of Hollywood's version of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged," the country is abuzz with paeans to the the philosophy Rand espoused, even from some people who call themselves "conservative" and "Christian." The book has once again gone to the top of the best-sellers' lists. So, this would be a good time to examine just what Ayn Rand believed.An old friend was online today urging conservatives to go see the movie, because, and I quote: ...the folks behind it are not contributing to the corruption of our culture... My reply? "Well, besides spreading the godless, materialist,...
  • Objectivists in Love: Ayn Rand Fans Get Dating Site

    04/16/2011 5:27:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/16/2011 | Claire Suddath
    Let me get one thing out of the way: I have never read Ayn Rand. In fact, until recently I was one of those uneducated boors who thought the author's first name was pronounced Ann. A few of her readers have corrected me over the years, but for some reason, I assumed they were joking — which is also what I assumed when they told me they'd just read a great book about government intervention in the railroad industry. (That book is now a movie, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, opening Friday, April 15, in the U.S.) But then my editor...
  • Objectivists in Love: Ayn Rand Fans Get Dating Site

    04/15/2011 3:41:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Time ragazine ^ | Friday, Apr. 15, 2011 | Claire Suddath
    Let me get one thing out of the way: I have never read Ayn Rand... I did what any self-respecting journalist would do: I called up a friend. "Quick, can you explain Ayn Rand's personal philosophy to me in one sentence?" I asked Fahad Siadat, a professional musician who'd just finished reading Atlas Shrugged... "Think of Kanye West," he said. "He's a total douche bag, but he writes good music. According to Rand, that's what counts." And isn't everyone who follows Rand supposed to be selfish? "They are selfish," Siadat said. "To become the best, you have to do what's...
  • Remembering the Real Ayn Rand

    04/13/2011 10:38:36 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 14, 2011 | DONALD L. LUSKIN
    Tomorrow's release of the movie version of "Atlas Shrugged" is focusing attention on Ayn Rand's 1957 opus and the free-market ideas it espouses. Book sales for "Atlas" have always been brisk—and all the more so in the past few years, as actual events have mirrored Rand's nightmare vision of economic collapse amid massive government expansion. Conservatives are now hailing Rand as a tea party Nostradamus, hence the timing of the movie's premiere on tax day. When Rand created the character of Wesley Mouch, it's as though she was anticipating Barney Frank (D., Mass). Mouch is the economic czar in "Atlas...
  • America's worst generation

    I just finished reading Ayn Rand’s, The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution which is a compilation of articles she wrote in the late sixties and early seventies. In these articles she takes dead aim at the drug induced hippie movement and dissects them with her unique philosophy, objectivism. While she was recounting the debauchery and horrors of Woodstock, I was left wondering; did America’s greatest generation give birth to America’s worst generation? Tom Brokaw coined the term for those who came of age during the Great Depression and then went on to fight in World War II in his book...
  • Atlas Shrugged part 1 - movie trailer

    02/14/2011 12:58:16 PM PST · by grundle · 31 replies
    Atlas Shrugged part 1 - movie trailer
  • Zuckerberg Goes Guilt

    12/15/2010 8:57:28 AM PST · by USALiberty · 16 replies
    Ayn Rand Institute ^ | Dec. 10 | Don Watkins
    You may have heard of the trend of businessmen “Going Galt,” i.e., self-confidently declaring that until the government loosens the burdens of backbreaking taxes and onerous regulations, they will scale back their productive efforts rather than work as virtual serfs. (The phrase “Going Galt” is a reference to Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged.) Other businessmen, however, have decided to “Go Guilt,” i.e., to sign Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s “Giving Pledge,” vowing to give away most of the wealth they have earned. The recent news that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has signed the Pledge is making headlines.
  • America's Defeat in Iraq

    09/01/2010 3:21:17 PM PDT · by Zanton · 39 replies
    It was called Operation Iraqi Freedom but it should have been called Operation Iraqi Self-Rule. "Autonomy" and "self-rule" are the political values which largely dominate the US and the world. Certainly more so than "democracy." And almost infinitely more so than "liberty." After over 7 years, $700 billion, and 4000 killed, a fairly-bad, socialist, shariaist dictatorship (headed by Saddam) was replaced by a moderately superior one (headed by Maliki). Was this death-agony of effort worth it? Did this unending exercise in nation-building and self-sacrifice profit us? Consider all the resultant violations of civil liberties at home, and support for friendly...
  • Liberty Utopia

    08/27/2010 9:48:43 AM PDT · by Zanton · 20 replies
    When it comes to politics, economics, and sociology -- as well as individual happiness and greatness -- freedom is 100% good in theory, and 100% good in practice. How is it people don't understand this? Freedom, free enterprise, free trade, capitalism, laissez-faire, live-and-let-live, voluntary social cooperation, unfettered personal interaction, socio-economic libertarianism, and other such similar ideas and lofty goals, are all flawless, and without conflict or contradiction, in both philosophic principle and real-world application. All are end-of-history correct and ideal, both intellectually and pragmatically. How can anyone not know this?
  • “Obama’s Not a Socialist”

    07/23/2010 7:13:58 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 68 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | July 23, 2010 | Bosch Fawstin
    A glimpse of the analysis in Dr. Leonard Peikoff's forthcoming book, The DIM Hypothesis. At the 2010 Objectivist conference/OCON, Dr. Leonard Peikoff was presenting material from his forthcoming book, The DIM Hypothesis, in which he analyzes Western culture and history from the perspective of the epistemological process of integration. I was surprised to learn that, according to Peikoff’s analysis, Barack Obama is not, as I and others have been saying, a socialist or communist. Socialists or communists are examples of what Peikoff calls “misintegration,” or integration by non-rational means. Obama, Peikoff thinks, is anti-ideological, and as such has no...
  • ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Producer Sets Record Straight On Upcoming Trilogy

    07/22/2010 12:03:31 PM PDT · by grundle · 143 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 20, 2010 | John Nolte
    Yes, there will be an “Atlas Shrugged” movie. Well, at least a part one. ”The movie is based on Part 1 of the book (the book has 3 parts) … so the film is based on about 27% of the book.” This is the first I’ve heard that this production is only the first of three films, and while I haven’t read ”Atlas Shrugged,” those who have tell me a trilogy is the perfect way to tell the story on screen. Like “Lord of the Rings,” the natural breaks in Rand’s novel practically demand it be told in three parts,...
  • Ayn Rand: Architect of The Culture of Death

    07/20/2010 6:42:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 121 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | July 2010 | Donald DeMarco
    No philosopher ever proposed a more simple and straightforward view of life than the one Ayn Rand urges upon us. "Yes, this is an age of moral crisis … Your moral code has reached its climax, the blind alley and the end of its course. And if you wish to go on living, what you now need is not to return to morality …. but to discover it."Thus spake, not Zarathustra, but Ayn Rand's philosophical mouthpiece, John Galt, the protagonist of her principal novel, Atlas Shrugged. The "moral crisis" to which he refers is the conflict between altruism, which is...
  • Atlas Shrugged Movie to Begin Filming!

    06/01/2010 7:14:16 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 68 replies · 1,812+ views
    The Atlas Society - The Center for Objectivism ^ | May 29, 2010 | Edward Hudgins
    John Aglialoro has gone public with his latest project to film Atlas Shrugged: an independent production set to begin filming June 11. Aglialoro decided to go forward on his own after the latest venture with Lionsgate Studios collapsed early this year. After 17 years of working with major studios, only to see projects peter out from studio delay, unworkable scripts, and balky stars, Aglialoro has taken the entrepreneurial helm. Working with screenwriter Brian Patrick O’Toole, he has completed a script covering the first part of Rand’s novel (through the run of the John Galt Line and its aftermath). Aglialoro expects...
  • Future Shock

    04/07/2010 1:57:23 PM PDT · by Zanton · 4 replies · 278+ views
    The bigger the government, the worse the government. The more powerful the government, the worse the government. The more the government taxes and regulates -- the more it spends and controls -- the worse the government. That government which guides and directs us -- unifies and leads us -- is that government which destroys us. All these recent government "bail-outs," "rescues," "recovery packages," and "stimulus programs," are machetes thrust directly into the heart of the economy. All are heartless and brutal backstabs of the society and the nation. All of them devastate our businesses, finances, lifestyles, and civilization. It's almost...
  • The Mommy State

    04/05/2010 10:33:12 AM PDT · by Zanton · 22 replies · 506+ views
    It's sloppy and incorrect to call Obama and his radical leftist allies "socialists." A handful are, no doubt. But most of them don't want to nationalize anything. Not even health care! They do, however, seek to significantly expand the size and power of the state. They do quietly seek to have a friendly, European-style Leviathan monitor and control business and the Individual a great deal more than currently. And it's all for our own good. The Obamanites fundamentally think they know more than the citizenry who elected them, and whom they theoretically serve. And, of course, they're morally superior. So...
  • Tea Party Should Shrug Off Atlas

    03/09/2010 4:51:09 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 50 replies · 327+ views
    New Patriot Journal ^ | March 9, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Tea Partiers should be wary of the ideology underlying a novel popular within the movement. Signs reading “Who is John Galt?” became a common sight at rallies last year. They reference Atlas Shrugged, a novel by Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand, which is considered an affirmation of individual rights and the free market. However, according to a central advocate of Rand’s worldview, there is a deeper message within the novel which the Tea Party must embrace if it hopes to affect libertarian change. On February 23rd, in a lecture hall at the University of Minnesota, Rand advocate Craig Biddle, editor of...
  • The Infantile SIMPLICITY of Health Care Reform

    03/03/2010 7:15:46 AM PST · by Zanton · 7 replies · 315+ views
    The key to highest quality and lowest cost in doctoring is this: No Welfare State mandates on health care. No "helpful" regulations on doctors, medicines, medical procedures, or overall treatment plans. Let people buy any kind of drugs, health care, or medical insurance they want, from anyone they want, from anywhere on earth. It's called freedom. Case closed. Nothing else to discuss or debate.
  • Tea Party Needs New Morality, Claims Objectivist

    02/25/2010 6:50:35 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 27 replies · 539+ views
    New Patriot Journal ^ | February 25, 2010 | Walter Scott Hudson
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Tea Party must embrace egoism and reject the “false morality” of Judeo-Christian altruism if it hopes to effectively advocate for a capitalistic society, says a leading advocate of objectivist philosophy. Craig Biddle, editor of The Objective Standard and author of “Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It,” spoke Tuesday at an event hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Ayn Rand Study Group. His presentation was entitled “Capitalism: The Only Moral Social System,” and covered the fundamentals of objectivist philosophy applied to politics. During a question and answer session, Biddle was asked...
  • Ayn Rand: engineer of souls

    02/20/2010 6:21:41 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 14 replies · 797+ views
    Ayn Rand was never, in fact, much appreciated or very influential in Europe; at the height of her fame in America, where her books sold by the million, her name was not one to conjure with on the other side of the Atlantic. She was much read by middle-class young Indians of the time, however, as well as by Americans, and she is now coming back into fashion globally. I confess that enthusiasm for her is to me utterly mysterious, and the excellent new biography by Ann C. Heller does not clear up the mystery but, rather, deepens it.[1] Able...
  • Religious Right Takes a Deep Philosophical Breath

    12/07/2009 7:18:18 PM PST · by Misterioso · 7 replies · 470+ views
    Coalition for Secular Government ^ | December 7, 2009 | Gina Liggett
    For two decades, the Religious Right has reveled in the successes of their crusade to erode the wall separating church and state. Since America's sharp Left turn in 2008, they have not been so quick to gloat. Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said, "I'm not grieving over Barack Obama's victory, but over the loss of things that I've fought for, for 35 years," particularly concerning abortion rights and advancement of the so-called homosexual agenda. The Religious Right itself seems to be taking a soul-searching sabbatical, to get back in touch with its deeper mission: to live...
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving the Ayn Rand way: Thank yourself

    11/25/2009 10:44:36 PM PST · by GL of Sector 2814 · 3 replies · 477+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Oct 25, 2009 | Debi Ghate
    Ah, Thanksgiving. The word conjures up images of turkey dinner, pumpkin pie, and watching football with family and friends. It kicks off the holiday season and is the biggest shopping period of the year. Children are taught that Thanksgiving came about when Pilgrims gave thanks to God for a bountiful harvest. It seems we vaguely mumble thanks for the food on our table, the roof over our head, and how lucky we are in spite of these hard economic times. After all, our lives are so much better than, say, those in Bangladesh. But surely there is something more to...
  • Objectively, Ayn Rand Was a Nut

    11/13/2009 12:51:44 PM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 186 replies · 4,453+ views
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | 13 Nov 2009 | Peter Wehner
    According to, Ayn Rand — the subject of two new biographies, one of which is titled Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right — is “having a mainstream moment,” including among conservatives. (Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina wrote a piece in Newsweek on Rand, saying, “This is a very good time for a Rand resurgence. She’s more relevant than ever.”). I hope the moment passes. Ms. Rand may have been a popular novelist, but her philosophy is deeply problematic and morally indefensible.....
  • The Daily Walk of Shame: Ayn Rand

    11/05/2009 11:45:04 AM PST · by AreaMan · 28 replies · 1,294+ views
    The Motley Fool ^ | 4 Nov 2009 | Alyce Lomax
    Previous Page The Daily Walk of Shame: Ayn Rand Alyce LomaxNovember 4, 2009This Motley Fool series examines things that just aren't right in the world of finance and investing. Here's what's got us riled today. If something's bugging you, too -- and we suspect it is -- go ahead and unload in the comments section below.Today's subject: Economic philosopher Ayn Rand died in 1982, but her legacy remains very much alive. Unfortunately, some people in positions of power have used parts of her Objectivist teachings to rationalize their own dysfunctional, damaging behavior. I definitely agree with the benefits...
  • Mrs. Logic; Ayn Rand never got into an argument she couldn’t win...

    11/01/2009 6:12:32 PM PST · by Daffynition · 22 replies · 1,431+ views
    NYTMag ^ | Oct 18, 2009 | Sam Anderson
    Whenever Ayn Rand met someone new—an acolyte who’d traveled cross-country to study at her feet, an editor hoping to publish her next novel—she would open the conversation with a line that seems destined to go down as one of history’s all-time classic icebreakers: “Tell me your premises.” Once you’d managed to mumble something halfhearted about loving your family, say, or the Golden Rule, Rand would set about systematically exposing all of your logical contradictions, then steer you toward her own inviolable set of premises: that man is a heroic being, achievement is the aim of life, existence exists, A is...
  • Atlas Hugged

    10/23/2009 11:15:47 AM PDT · by Publius · 59 replies · 1,491+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 22 October 2009 | Mark Sanford
    Ayn Rand has drifted in and out of favor, but she may be more relevant today than ever before.In my experience, people who've read Ayn Rand's books either love them or hate them. I'm one of the few who fall somewhere in between. When I first read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in the 1980s, I was blown away. Those books portray the power of the free individual in ways I had never thought about before. Since then, I've grown more critical of Rand's outlook because it doesn't include the human needs we have for grace, love, faith, or any...
  • Big Sister is Watching You (Whittaker Chamber's critique of Ayn Rand...)

    09/21/2009 9:24:56 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 69 replies · 1,846+ views
    National Review ^ | Dec. 28, 1957 | Whittaker Chambers
    Several years ago, Miss Ayn Rand wrote The Fountainhead. Despite a generally poor press, it is said to have sold some four hundred thousand copies. Thus, it became a wonder of the book trade of a kind that publishers dream about after taxes. So Atlas Shrugged had a first printing of one hundred thousand copies. It appears to be slowly climbing the best-seller lists. The news about this book seems to me to be that any ordinarily sensible head could not possibly take it seriously, and that, apparently, a good many do. Somebody has called it: "Excruciatingly awful." I find...
  • Knowing Christ through creation evangelism; also: The Link between Atheism and Communism

    09/06/2009 1:33:32 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 26 replies · 1,145+ views
    CMI ^ | September 5, 2009
    Daniel H from northern England wrote CMI-UK a really encouraging, spontaneous letter, a testimony that we think will also encourage many readers. To: All my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. … I would like to thank the team at Creation Ministries International (CMI) for their resources, time, love, dedication and zeal for our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ; the Almighty Father and the Holy Spirit, who empowers the church to give glory to the Son and live holy lives and become more fruitful in our walk in the LORD, Amen. Formerly, I was an unbeliever who mocked the...
  • The Political Surf on why Ayn Rand’s surging today

    05/01/2009 7:04:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 2,364+ views
    Standard.Net - The Political Surf ^ | 5-1-2009 | Doug Gibson
    The number are in, and paleo-capitalist Ayn Rand’s hot again. “Atlas Shrugged” is selling at a pace not seen since the novel was published in 1957. Sales of her other major novel, “The Fountainhead,” are up as well. It’s clear that the recession and a very liberal political leadership have caused the renewed interest. Economist Stephen Moore recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the Obama strategy mirrors the plot of “Atlas Shrugged. “The more incompetent you are in business, the more handouts the politicians will bestow on you,” Moore said. I recently re-read “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”...
  • On April 22, Celebrate Exploit-the-Earth Day

    04/22/2009 12:40:32 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 9 replies · 307+ views
    The Objective Standard ^ | April 17 | Craig Biddle
    Because Earth Day is intended to further the cause of environmentalism—and because environmentalism is an anti-human ideology—on April 22, those who care about human life should not celebrate Earth Day; they should celebrate Exploit-the-Earth Day. Exploiting the Earth—using the raw materials of nature for one’s life-serving purposes—is a basic requirement of human life. Either man takes the Earth’s raw materials—such as trees, petroleum, aluminum, and atoms—and transforms them into the requirements of his life, or he dies. To live, man must produce the goods on which his life depends; he must produce homes, automobiles, computers, electricity, and the like; he...
  • Ayn Rand Interview with Mike Wallace (1959) - VIDEO

    04/11/2009 6:35:34 PM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 17 replies · 872+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 11 April 2009 | EC
    In Ayn Rand's first television interview, she talks to Mike Wallace about self-interest, the efficiency of free markets, and the dangers of the government welfare state. If I didn't know better, I would almost think that she had traveled backward 50 years from today before she gave this interview - she's that dead-on. Not being an atheist, I don't consider myself an Objectivist. That being the case, I sincerely think I would prefer a government led by atheist Objectivists to a government run by liberal "Christians."
  • Project Overlord

    04/02/2009 3:43:50 AM PDT · by Zanton · 729+ views
    April 2nd, 2009 | Zanton
    Today's G-20 economic summit conference in London is virtually guarenteed to be a ghastly pro-Big Government orgy -- a veritable Lolapalooza for Leviathan. Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan -- not to mention John Locke and Adam Smith -- are going to be spinning in their graves. Nothing is more certain than that this tour de force of politico-economic stupidity and depravity is going to come out four-square against true free enterprize, capitalism, and laissez-faire. Sadly and almost incomprehensibly, the great conclusion of today's deepest thinkers (sic) is that the "Anglo-Saxon" version of political and economic liberty has proven to be...
  • Happy Birthday Ayn Rand!

    02/02/2009 2:57:24 PM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 48 replies · 1,286+ views
    February 2, 2009 -- Ayn Rand was born on February 2, 1905; in 2009 we are sorry to be seeing the foresight she had of her future and our present. Is Atlas shrugging? Will Obama be the real-life Mr. Thompson? Join with us to celebrate Ayn Rand's great achievements and the legacy that she left us all! Just look at the influence Rand has had 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,...

    02/02/2009 9:05:11 AM PST · by AngryCapitalist · 24 replies · 595+ views
    The Hostile Opposition ^ | 2-02-09 | The Angry Capitalist
    Today marks the 104th anniversary of the birth of Ayn Rand, one of the great minds of Twentieth Century thought. Most notable for her works of fiction, such as We the Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead, and her opus magnus Atlas Shrugged, her contribution to the subject of personal freedom and the defense of capitalism are not be overlooked. While her works of fiction encapsulated her personal philosophy it is in her works of nonfiction we find her greatest contributions to the philosophical doctrine of Objectivism, which will forever remain her crowning achievement. Although never truly accepted by the academic philosophers...