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Sunday, November 04, 2012

• • • The Cultists Lose Their Minds After Barack Obama Says Ayn Rand is for Teenagers 
Capitalism  |Egoism  |Nathaniel Branden  | The election’s tight, so the racket is to yell “we’re winning” in a loud voice till the votes are counted. (And if you have a little lung power left over, bitch about the liberal media.) We that have free souls, it touches us not, and we take our pleasures where we can. I’m enjoying the brethren’s reaction to Obama’sRolling Stone interview -- especially the Ayn Rand bit.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

 After Batman Theater Shooting, Rightbloggers Rush to Defend What's Important: Guns, Themselves 
Atlas Shrugged  | Pre-Aurora, rightbloggers were psyched to celebrate the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, as an important work of conservative philosophy -- like Atlas Shrugged, only less cartoonish.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

• • Lights Off for Earth Hour? Rightbloggers Leave Lights On, Declare Victory 
Ayn Rand Center  |Capitalism  |Yaron Brook  | This year the Ayn Rand Center seems to have mainly skipped the festivities -- though they did offer a video called, “Does laissez-faire capitalism harm the environment?” In this fascinating presentation, the Center’s spokesperson, Yaron Brook, said that, whatever laissez-faire (French for “I live, you die”) capitalism has meant for the “spotted owl environment” (haw!), it has been very good for the “human environment” -- because “there has never been in human history a time where we have been healthier, where we have breathed cleaner air, where we have drunk better water...” Mind you, this had nothing to do with envirofascist meddling such as the Clean Air Act, anti-smog ordinances, etc. -- the Invisible Hand would have cut emissions and dumping eventually, but the stupid hippie lawmakers jumped the gun and stole their thunder.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

 Rightbloggers Denounce Rick Santorum's War on Porn—As a Liberal Conspiracy 
Randroid site The Objective Standard compared Santorum to the hated Jane Fonda. “Fonda wants to use the power of the federal government to shut down Rush Limbaugh’s radio broadcasts,” they wrote. “Santorum wants to use the same power to shut down internet pornography. Both Fonda and Santorum are enemies of freedom of speech.”

Monday, July 18, 2011

• • Rightbloggers Celebrate the Unprecedented Success of Sarah Palin’s (10-Theater) Movie Opening 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | Let’s see what happened with another heavily-politicized film event, the debut of the film version of Atlas Shrugged in April. That film opened in 299 theaters, receipts for which, we were told at the time, promised an epochal hit and an Ayn Rand revival. But in its second weekend, Atlas Shrugged expanded to 465 screens -- and took in about half as much money as it had in its opening weekend. Shortly thereafter, its producer abandoned his plan to bring the film to 1,000 screens.

Friday, April 29, 2011

 Battle of Birtherism: Rightbloggers Divide on Whether Obama is Foreign-Born or Merely Un-American 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | Several of the [birther] brethren were as excited about [Jerome] Corsi’s book as Objectivists awaiting the release of the Atlas Shrugged movie or pre-teens anticipating a Justin Bieber concert.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

• • • Rightbloggers on Atlas Shrugged: It’s the feel-good, piece-of-crap movie of the year! 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Individualism  |Image  | Perhaps sensing that general audiences might not flock to a movie about the evils of collectivism, the film’s producers have cleverly cultivated a conservative audience, debuting the Atlas Shrugged trailer at the Conservative Political Action Conference and working with tea party and libertarian groups to get the word out. So the brethren were fired up before the lights dimmed, and rightbloggers mostly told them that Atlas Shrugged was a must-see, whether or not they thought it was any good as, you know, a movie. [....] All this is dismayingly reminiscent of the old Soviet attitude toward art -- that its primary importance is to advance a political agenda, to which all aesthetic concerns must take a back seat. Which is particularly strange coming from a bunch of alleged individualists who are always complaining that Hollywood movies are too politicized.

Monday, August 23, 2010

• • • 10 shameless right-wing tributes to Ayn Rand that should make any sane person blush 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Ayn Rand Center  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |The Virtue of Selfishness  |Capitalism  |Don Watkins  |Egoism  |Yaron Brook  | Once upon a time, you’d find Randian rants only in conservative and libertarian publications, where only true believers would see them. But since the dawn of the Obama socialist menace, Randroids have actually been recruited to spread the gospel of Chairman Ayn in major papers and magazines via op-eds. As overheated as conservative writers have gotten lately, it’s still weirder to see full-on Rand cultists raving in the pages of, say, the Wall Street Journal. It’s like opening the New York Times and seeing the estate tax discussed in terms of the works of Carlos Castaneda.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

 Nashville flood proves to rightbloggers: Obama hates America, white people 
Rightbloggers believe the Liberal Media unfairly exploited that event to make President Bush look bad, paving the way for President ObamaHitler. They have since prayed ceaselessly to Reagan and Ayn Rand for a way to redress this historic indignity.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

 Jon Kyl continues GOP war on unemployment benefits 
It would appear the national GOP is trying to pitch a Randian work-or-starve line in the teeth of a recession. We're not sure why they think it's a good strategy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

 War on Christmas not as warlike this year: Obama to blame? 
Monroe Rising, normally devoted to upstate politics, offers "Why The Left Hates Christmas." "Two thousand years ago," they assert, "the Christmas Revolution began with the birth of Jesus." Jesus was not all about loving thy neighbor, as the uninformed might think, but "the individual interests and freedom to pursue life, liberty and prosperity." Back in Pilgrim days these "proved harmonious in American communities," but they are now "targeted for defeat by those who believe community interests are more important than are individual interests." It's Christmas as Ayn Rand might have approved of it: You give the presents to yourself, not to parasites like your kids, who produce nothing and probably believe in "witch doctors" like Santa Claus.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

 Rightbloggers mourns Michael Jackson’s death—as good news for Obama, Ahmadinejad 
Ayn Rand Institute  |Yaron Brook  | In a Pajamas Media video segment, Bill Whittle and his guests, Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Center and Terry Jones of Investor's Business Daily, explored "The Michael Jackson Effect: Shenanigans in DC & Lockdown in Iran."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

• • • Rightbloggers culture-war for John Galt, against Jon Stewart and Meghan McCain 
Atlas Shrugged  | Galt-Going has been heavily promoted by top bloggers such as Michelle Malkin and Instapundit. The implication is that Galt-Goers will follow the example of John Galt in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and withdraw their businesses and innovations from an ungrateful American society, leaving it destitute. But no such withdrawals of significance have yet been recorded.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

• • • Galt TV! Randroids explain their budding movement 
Altruism  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Going Galt  | On a Pajamas Media video.
[Eric Brunner] says "Going John Galt isn't really essentially a political or economic sort of strike, it's a moral strike, rejecting the moral code of altruism, and accepting and spreading the morality that Ayn Rand puts forth which is rational selfishness." His plan is "following Ayn Rand's morality as much as I can and spreading her philosophy as far as can." So he's not going John Galt so much as going Dorkus Malorkus.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

• • • Rightbloggers say: Go Galt! We’ll catch up with you later! 
Ayn Rand Institute  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Going Galt  | The idea [of "going Galt"] mostly lay dormant until the emergence of protests over the stimulus bill, when the Ayn Rand Center announced that sales of Atlas Shrugged had risen dramatically. This canny (and unsourced) piece of book promotion had a predictable effect, and gave rightbloggers a shiny new hook.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

• • • Rich rightwingers threaten to “go Galt,” make less money to thwart Obama 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Going Galt  | So far this ["going Galt"] mania has mostly been voiced rather than executed, as at the decidedly un-Randian tea party protests performed across the U.S. last week. Some blog commenters claim to have Galtian action plans [...] but, as the economy is already collapsing, it would be difficult to gauge their effectiveness even if they were effected. Liberals have responded mostly with mockery; a "Go Galt Go!" Facebook group suggests, "Only a universal wingnut blogging strike can bring the moochers to their senses."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

 The official Village Voice election-season guide to the right-wing blogosphere 
Megan McArdle. [....] Began posting at Live From the WTC (later Asymmetrical Information) as “Jane Galt” shortly after 9/11, with Randian tropes and denunciations of “Lefty Idiocy.”