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Sunday, November 11, 2012

• • • The divided soul of the Baby Boomers 
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Alan Greenspan  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Individualism  |Personal life  | 1957 was the watershed year for Baby Boomers.
Most people think it was 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated, or 1964, when the Beatles first appeared on Ed Sullivan, or 1967, the Summer of Love, or 1969, the year of Woodstock and Altamont. But 1957 saw the publication of the two books which shaped the worldview of the Baby Boomers -- "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac.
That's right. The Bible of the neoconservatives and the Bible of the counterculture both appeared in print for the first time in 1957. At first glance, the two books and their authors seem to have nothing in common. One celebrates the glories of capitalism, venerating the quintessential American ideals of thrift and hard work and material prosperity. The other celebrates a total reversal of the recognized American dream, a life of irresponsibility and experiences not sanctioned by middle class morality. [....] >But a closer look shows that the two had more in common than one would think.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

• • • Check your premises: The contradictions of Ayn Rand 
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Alan Greenspan  |Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Personal life  | In the ideal world of Ayn Rand, the only appropriate relationship between men is the trading of value to each other. That would be how the economy would run. Everyone would benefit to the best of their abilities. Everyone would be compensated for their skill in producing goods and services and keeping the machinery of business running. Their worth would be determined by how well they did their jobs. Eddie Willers did his job well. His work was valuable to the company. But once the company no longer needed him, he was abandoned, literally and figuratively, because he no longer offered anything of value.

Friday, October 26, 2012

• • • Who is Ayn Rand—and why should you care? 
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Alan Greenspan  |Atheism  |Ayn Rand Institute  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |We The Living  |Individual Rights  |Nathaniel Branden  |Paul Ryan  |Personal life  | In spite of her declaration there were no contradictions, Rand’s life was full of them. An enemy of state-run programs, she voted for FDR. She was against Prohibition and anti-drug laws as infringements on individual rights. She considered the atomic bomb a symbol of human greatness and an instrument of man’s salvation, remarking that only rational men in a free society could construct one.