Wednesday, February 29, 2012
• • Right may yet be on wrong side of election result
Jay Kuten, Wanganui Chronicle
Representative Ron Paul, an OB/GYN, is something of a throwback in his Ayn Rand libertarianism. He’d axe the Federal Reserve, the nation’s monetary regulators. He wants to go back on the gold standard and legalise all drugs, two of the best non-starters in politics. His libertarianism would stretch to letting non-insured medically needy die for their “poor choices”. Humh? Where did I here those last two words?
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
• • Beware, beware, but heed constitution
William J. Papa, Pocono Record (PA)
Most importantly, beware of those who preach sacrifice because (I quote Ayn Rand) “The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.”
• ‘The Voice’ recap: Episode 5
Sara Toth, Baltimore Sun - TV Lust
That One Guy Who Was so Arrogant Even Ayn Rand Would Hate Him: Cameron Novack, the poor jerk no coach picked. Oh, but he’s a “real artist” – he told us all himself! You, with your douchey vocal warm-ups and switching from free-styling to opera at the drop of a hat, you do not impress me, and neither did your cover of Alanis Morrisette’s “You Oughta Know.”
• • Tea Party to meet Tuesday in Oglesby
bcrnews.com (Princeton, IL)
Ayn Rand Institute |
The next meeting of the Bureau-LaSalle Tea Party will be Tuesday at the Elks Lodge, 800 E. Walnut, Oglesby. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. This month’s speaker is Keith Knutter, chapter relations officer for the Ayn Rand Institute. He currently works with local and regional Tea Party organizations and other activist groups to help promote the institute’s national educational and policy development programs.
• • Excerpts From Hot New Sitcom: Leave it to Nietzsche
Doug Lieblich, Huffington Post
(Ethan timidly approaches his school crush, who is Libertarian philosopher AYN RAND.) ETHAN: (shyly) Thanks for coming to my show... AYN RAND: The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. NIETZSCHE: Man is the cruelest animal. The Übermensch organizes the chaos of his passions.
Monday, February 27, 2012
• • Beem is correct about the Republican right
George R. Eaton, The Forecaster (Portland, ME)
I would welcome the opportunity to take on in public debate anyone of the mindset displayed by Tom Crotty in his criticism of Edgar Allen Beem's critique of Ron Paul. I wish we had the kind of world where everyone could have the ultimate in freedom. But the problem is that there are those who want to be free to impose their conservative Republican values on all the rest of us, including those of us culturally literate enough to know that what Ayn Rand wrote was but fabulous fiction, much as was the laughable Laffer Curve economically.
• Epilogue: A drummer and a one-hit wonder
Faiz Siddiqui, Journal Star (Lincoln, NE)
Zager and Evans’ “In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)” eventually would sell millions of copies, topping the charts for six weeks in the summer of ‘69 [...]. The ballad, written by Rick Evans and based on Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” told of a future doomed by humankind’s dependence on technology -- a Randian dystopia where, in one instance, people’s actions, words and thoughts are preprogrammed into a daily pill.
• • The wheel of fortune: season finale
José Manuel Pallí, Buenos Aires Herald
A Paul may end up a winner, nonetheless. If not Ron, at least his son Rand, who is said to be courting the Romney camp to be his number two on the GOP ticket. If Rand had been a girl, it is even money that we would know her as Ayn, so deeply rooted in American libertarian tradition this family is. And I confess I tend to sympathize with them. But they must beware not to unnecessarily wave the Ayn Rand flag in these days of mind-altering teas and home-schooled morals. I am no authority on Ayn Rand, but I know she supported abortion rights. What if she is found to have been a member of the Girl Scouts of America?
• Office Space: Media, consumer researcher Scott Turner
Kristin Samuelson, Chicago Tribune
Atlas Shrugged |
Resting on the bookcase behind his desk is a framed photo of Turner’s auto mechanic father, Ed “Nitro” Turner, standing in front of a blue 1937 Ford he painted. [....] A copy of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" is on the same shelf, but Turner is reading "The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry is Defining Your Identity and Your World," by Joseph Turow, about online data collection.
• • Belding: Having a personal life provides solid foundation for social life
Michael Belding, Iowa State Daily (Iowa State U)
“The only man never to be redeemed is the man without passion,” the libertarian heroine Ayn Rand wrote. She was right.
• The Joystiq Indie Pitch: Burst!
Jessica Conditt, Joystiq
There are many people who didn’t know what Objectivism existed before BioShock, and I’d be willing to bet more than one person studying Greek Mythology in school first had their interest sparked by God of War.