Friday, June 14, 2013
Friday, June 07, 2013
• • LTCI Watch: Skepticism
I’m sympathetic to objectivists and other people who believe in a pure free-market system, but I’m just not an objectivist. I don’t have any theoretical objection whatsoever to the idea of the existence of ERRP. I have no objection to some of my tax dollars going to pay for ERRP. I take no joy in seeing ERRP have problems.
• • Academic Aces: Community Christian
Atlas Shrugged |
The Wilson Times talked with the top seniors from each private school in the area about their high school experience, their plans for life after graduation and about what it's like to juggle academics, sports and part-time jobs. [....] During his free time, Chad [Higgenbottom] watches professional football and basketball. He’s read "Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand that discusses objectivism and politics and the economy.
• BioShock Infinite Review
The original BioShock [....] took place in the underwater city of Rapture [...] and balanced exciting, action-packed gameplay with a hugely intelligent story that was not only a critique of Randian Objectivism but also made us think about the way we look at games as a whole.
• • What I Learned at My First Dallas Comic Con
[T]hree girls tell me they are characters from a video game called BioShock, a first-person shooter that also has a strong female lead (and, apparently, is based on Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism).
• Can't Smell Or Breathe, But Checks Keep Coming
In Paul Zimet’s “Marcellus Shale,” when the church ladies get together to pray for “those who are sick and suffering,” the list of names goes on and on and on. Auggie (Joel Leffert), whose cows all died, has been in a wheelchair since his stroke and spends his days watching television and reading Ayn Rand.
• • Like Christie and Obama had any choice but be nice to each other
The primary victim of Obama’s increasingly sad attempts at seeking common ground hasn’t been his party, it’s really been himself. Because he’s just been making his own job — governing the country — harder, by promoting the notion that Republicans are reasonable. (He’s obviously dialed back on this notion since 2010.) Chris Christie isn’t James Inhofe, and he’s not an Islamophobe and he’s not a Randian, but the more politically successful he is, the better it is for his political party, which is made up in large part of James Inhofes, Islamophobes, Randians, and worse.
• • The Ronald Reagan of Virginia
[A]s Ayn Rand used to say, there are only two choices, capitalism or socialism. Choose.
• • • Who Is John Galt?
Atlas Shrugged movie |Atlas Shrugged |
The big thinkers over at the Atlas Shrugged movie site are taking another poll. [....] And who do the Objectivists see as the ideal John Galt? Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be a popular choice, although there are recommendations for conservative actors Gary Sinise, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Caviezel, and Tom Selleck, too. Daniel Craig, Clive Owen, Nathan Fillion, and even George Clooney are mentioned a few times. Shockingly, only one person mentions Tom Cruise, who for some reason I think would play a great self-satisfied prick.
Monday, June 03, 2013
• • Who cares about the Oxford comma? Me
Another example is a dedication gone wrong: “This book is dedicated to my parents, Ayn Rand and God” featured in the Economist article, “Oxford comma, still with us.”
• Libertarian Ghostwrites for Kim Jong Il
The New York Observer profiles Objectivist-libertarian celebrity ghostwriter Michael Malice, focusing on his latest project: a ghostwritten memoir of late Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.
• To be reborn…
The Fountainhead movie |
[Manisha Koirala’s] posts on social networking sites talk about her love for movies. She says she loved watching Kite Runner, Argo, Les Miserables and The Fountainhead.
• • What It Takes
Atlas Shrugged |
Last week, I quoted a European businessman who said the salvation of the American economy would be oil extracted from shale. A reader then sent me a slice of Atlas Shrugged, which I quote in today’s column. The character Ellis Wyatt says,
Oil shale. How many years ago was it that they gave up trying to get oil from shale, because it was too expensive? Well, wait till you see the process I’ve developed. It will be the cheapest oil ever to splash in their faces, and an unlimited supply of it, an untapped supply that will make the biggest oil pool look like a mud puddle. Did I order a pipe line? Hank, you and I will have to build pipe lines in all directions . . .
I’ve talked to enough people to know, or believe, that, if the government agrees to get out of the way, we’ll be splashin’ rich.
• Theresa Anne Messner
An avid reader for her entire life, Terry especially appreciated the novels of James Michener and Ayn Rand.
• • The ‘cult of capitalism’ and U.S. moral decline
We now see what John Bogle call a “mutant” capitalism that no longer resembles Adam Smith’s inspiring economic principles enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. This type of capitalism has turned into an out-of-control virus destroying America’s moral values from within. Missing is an sense of honor and love of democracy that made me proud as a U.S. Marine sergeant. Missing is a balance of conservative free-market principles with liberal compassion. All that has vanished in the blind ideologies of today’s Ayn Rand clones demanding a return to a world that mimics the Wild West.