Saturday, March 31, 2012
• • The Filtered Excellence: March 29, 2012
Atlas Shrugged |
Ayn Rand and the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged. We’re planning to check out this independently produced, behind the scenes story of the writing of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Partly biographical in nature, the documentary also examines the life of Rand and what led the novelist, playwright, and founder of the philosophy of “Objectivism,” to write the book. The documentary explores the public’s recurring fascination regarding the epic and controversial 1957 work, and in addition, highlights the predictions for our country foretold by Rand- how accurate are they in today’s world? Regardless of what side of Rand’s political line you fall on, it should be an interesting watch.
• • Book review: 'Lives of the Novelists' by John Sutherland
Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Every entry in “Lives of the Novelists” is written by just one person, British critic John Sutherland, so the book has an internal continuity that makes it read like history, not an encyclopedia. And Sutherland’s writing is just plain delightful. [....] Ian Fleming started out as a dismally bad stockbroker until “lucky for him, and unluckily for the world, war broke out and he was promptly recruited into naval intelligence.” And there’s this one-two punch: “If there were an award for the most influential bad novelist in literary history, Ayn Rand would be a contender. A woman of ferocious competitive instinct, she would be furious if she did not also win that award.”
• ‘Hunger Games’ may unite divided country
Bill Knight, Canton Daily Ledger (IL)
“The Hunger Games” is a mashup movie that could appeal to fans of Noam Chomsky and Ayn Rand alike, and a Baylor University professor sees it as “a perfect tale of apprehension for our time” of financial upheaval and bleak job prospects.
• There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Liberty
Jeffrey Tucker, Daily Reckoning
Written by Morris and Linda Tannehill after intensive study of the writings of Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard, [The Market for Liberty] has the pace, energy and rigor you would expect from an evening’s discussion with these two giants.
• • • Taking Tea with Ayn Rand
Daniel Luzer, Columbia Journalism Review - Page Views
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Book review: Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul, by Gary Weiss.We’ve certainly seen a lot of signs at rallies, but how much does this movement really matter? Understandably Weiss spends a great number of pages on Alan Greenspan, who makes up a serious portion of Weiss’s proof of Objectivists’ influence. The man’s life makes a good story, but the extent to which he functioned as an agent of Randian ideology is difficult to determine. Greenspan helped advocate for limited government intervention in policies that helped rich people. Rand loved rich people. Ergo, Greenspan’s vast power helped to put Rand’s principles into practice. But this is too simple an explanation. Last year, Ayn Rand Institute president Yaron Brook apparently said that Rand “would have never advocated for the kind of policies Greenspan instituted. By holding interest rates for two-and-a-half years below the rate of inflation, [Greenspan] encouraged the debt and credit boom we’re suffering the consequence of” today. Greenspan, “betrayed” Rand’s teachings, Brook complained, in his efforts to encourage economic growth in the aftermath of 9/11. Beyond this, Greenspan is so obviously an exceptional figure in the movement. He may have been an Objectivist with power, but most Objectivists, it seems, are people who live in dank basements and chain-smoke Merits and work at places like Office Depot.
• • Libertarianism for Your Teen
Lee Bailey, Huffington Post
Every morning Justin, Natasha, and I piled into her car [...], and made the hour-long journey from our outlying suburb to a small office building beside one of Houston’s innumerable elevated freeways. There, we worked our way through modules on the gold standard and the fallacy of minimum wage, and read foundational texts of libertarianism like Frederic Bastiat’s The Law, Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action, and Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. (I tried and failed to get through Murray Rothbard’s endless Man, Economy and State, while the salacious writings of Ayn Rand were more for weekend recreational reading.)
• Feral brings BioShock 2 to Macs
Feral Interactive has released a Mac port of BioShock 2, an action-RPG originally developed by 2K Games and Digital Extremes. As in the original Windows and console games, the main story has players assume the role of a Big Daddy in Rapture about 10 years after the conclusion of the first BioShock. Whereas that game dealt with an objectivist threat, the second one has players facing off against a collectivist cult threatening the player’s Little Sister.