Friday, February 15, 2013
• • The People’s Guide to CPAC 2013
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John Galt watch: A Saturday panel titled "Has Atlas Shrugged? Business in America" will feature Carly Fiorina (whose business career wasn't exactly done in by Obama) and will be moderated, if she accepts the invite, by CNBC's Maria Bartiromo.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Monday, September 10, 2012
Saturday, September 08, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand Reader: Lesson One
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Jane Mayer beat everybody to the punch this weekend with a taut explainer of Paul Ryan’s once-loud, now-denied admiration for Ayn Rand. Recently, she wrote, “Ryan distanced himself from Rand, whose atheism is something of a philosophical wedge issue on the right, dividing religious conservatives from free-market libertarians.” And that has been a strange spectacle. Who denies all of a writer’s works because some of those works are girded by atheism? Up to 2011 or so, Ryan never had a problem with this. Now, he can no more denounce Rand than he can denounce his own white grandmother. Still, now that Ryan claims he’s more of a Thomas Aquinas guy than a Randian, it pays to understand what he took from the late Russian-American objectivist.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
• The Libertarian (Ever) Hopeful
In its 36 years of fielding presidential candidates, the Libertarian Party has settled on two types. The first: obscure activists who hew to the Ayn Rand Bible. The second: semi-famous politicians who might, finally, give the party an electoral media breakthrough.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
• Ron Paul’s Billionaire
Thiel is what the hard-working objectivist wants to be when he grows up. When he’s introduced at last, and the students hear how much Thiel made from the PayPal sale—“$1.5 billion”—they ooooh with respect.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
• Ron Paul Will Fix Everything
Last week, Ron Paul scheduled a “major announcement.” Given the kind of year we’d had, I was worried that Paul would be announcing a surprise endorsement -- all in for Gary Johnson! -- or a sex scandal involving tattered posters of The Passion of Ayn Rand. I shouldn’t have worried. This was the announcement: A plan to cut $1 trillion in the first year of a Paul presidency.
Friday, September 09, 2011
• • Disclosing Donors
[Radley] Balko points out, correctly, that Mother Jones doesn’t disclose all of its donors; the heavy breathing [by them] about Koch is hypocritical! But to mangle an idea from Ayn Rand, A does not equal A.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
• • Other Memorials
After finishing up work yesterday, I biked down to southwest D.C. and got my own look at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. [....] I was inspired to love my fellow man. I was also inspired to make some jokes about other potential monuments. Like these: [....] The Ayn Rand National Memorial -- Vistors walk into a 120-story skyscraper made completely out of high-tech metal and take an elevator up to see a 50-foot sculpture composed of pieces from other monuments. Why? Because the people honored by those other monuments were pathetic and weak.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
• Sarah Palin Documentary Rakes in $60000 to $75000
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The roll-out [of The Undefeated], from what I gather from blog chatter and the frequent status updates from the film’s distributor, is going to look a lot like the selling of Atlas Shrugged. Make the movie a cause; get Palin fans ginned up to watch it in order to send a message.
Friday, July 08, 2011
• Liberals Can Take Hostages, Too!
Republicans fear their base, and they know 1) they can be primaried by conservatives if they buckle on taxes and 2) they can't be rescued by pro-business groups, which aren't so Randian, like the Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, June 17, 2011
• • Live Free or Move
[Keene, NH] is one of the epicenters of the Free State Project, the decade-old effort to build a libertarian beachhead of 20,000 like-minded souls in New Hampshire. [....] [Inside the Keene Action Center,] a calendar near a bar says who’s cooking and when; on the other side of the room, a bookshelf has homemade jam and copies of novels by Ayn Rand.
Friday, June 10, 2011
• AMC Theaters Will Screen Palin Documentary
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The marketers of the The Undefeated, Steve Bannon’s Palin documentary, announce with some pride that the movie’s going to launch “exclusively at select AMC theaters.” No repeat of the Atlas Shrugged debacle of paying theaters to please, please, take it.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
• Palin, the Movie: Coming July 15
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[Director Steve] Bannon went into detail about a release strategy that made much more sense than the release of Atlas Shrugged, before anyone goes and makes that comparison.