Thursday, January 31, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
• • Glenn Beck Building Ayn Rand-Inspired Utopia in Texas
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Glenn Beck has a dream. On Thursday, the former Fox News host, gold bug, survival-seed guru, movie star, and bestselling author unveiled plans for a new planned community—inspired by the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged—to be built at an undisclosed location somewhere in the United States. No, really.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
• • • Ayn Rand in Space
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At the Atlas Summit, a conference for libertarian devotees of Ayn Rand, the question is inescapable. It is scrawled in black magic marker on the plain white T-shirt of the white-haired man I pass on the way into the ballroom. It is printed on the green button on the corduroy blazer of the man who wants to share his thoughts on "the envy-driven wizards at NASA." It is emblazoned on the limited-edition gold coins advertised in the special three-ring binder given to all attendees. It is hanging, really, over the heads of all of us who have convened at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown DC in early July to celebrate Ayn Rand's sacred scroll of objectivism. The question, parroting the catchphrase of Atlas Shrugged, is "Who is John Galt?" The answer, apparently, is Elon Musk, the billionaire cofounder of the California-based galactic transport company SpaceX.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
• ESPN scribe to Haiti: Drop dead
[Paul Shirley’s] argument [is] simply a more immediately jarring version of the argument made by CNBC's Rick Santelli and, most recently, South Carolina's Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. Specifically, that people ("stray animals," in Bauer parlance) who have hit a rough patch, or were simply born into a tough situation, should be shunned by their neighbors lest we encourage them to continue being poor. It's a worldview ripped straight out of the pages of Ayn Rand—of whom Shirley has written glowingly in the past.