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Friday, June 07, 2013

• • How leftists judge great women 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  | Consider these forgotten giants: [....] Ayn Rand‘s Atlas Shrugged has been called the most important book of the 20th Century, and other novels like The Fountainhead are not far behind. She may rightly be called the most eloquent voice against collectivism and statism, yet Rand is left off nearly every establishment list.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

• • At the altar 
Egoism  |Individualism  | Being different can be punishable by death as seen in Stalin’s Gulags and Hitler’s Auschwitz. There are no tyrants ever rose to power without claiming his policies were for “the common good”. Ayn Rand claimed “horrors which no man would dare consider for his own selfish sake are perpetrated with a clear conscience by altruists (do-gooders) who justify themselves by the common good.” (Rand’s “altruists” aren’t practicing simple benevolence or charity. They believe there’s “a moral and political obligation of the individual to sacrifice his own interests for the sake of a greater social good.”).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

• • • The Paradigm Shift Dilemma 
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal  |Capitalism  |Individual Rights  | [My mother] approached an old family friend of ours at church, Benjamin Rogge, who was the Dean of Wabash College there in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She told him of my interest in the libertarian political-economic philosophy, and asked if he would recommend some books to read on the subject. Rogge, being a libertarian, was delighted, of course, and told her to read the beginning books of Mises and Hazlitt, and also to read what is one of the most powerful statements on individual rights in the twentieth century, Ayn Rand’s essay on “Man’s Rights” in the Appendix of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

• • Let’s Hear it for the Middle Class! 
Capitalism  |Individualism  | Lately, I’ve been reading G.M. Young’s Victorian England: Portrait of an Age, and have been struck by the similarities between the evolution of Victorian society and our own. In both societies, you had an early and fleeting embrace of individualism under the auspices of classically liberal political philosophy that sooner or later gave way to a radically secular and libertarian caricature of self-government (here, it began with Ayn Rand, there, with Herbert Spencer).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

 Secession: What’s In a Name? 
Atheism  | Sans a Christianized culture the only alternative for secular governments is ever more Draconian rules and regulations in ever increasing numbers. I have no interest in debating this with any collectivists—the facts speak for themselves to anyone with an open mind and half a brain. Nor do I wish to debate the point with any Ayn Rand Objectivist or other atheist. I have made my feelings clear about atheism and atheists in several previous articles (e.g. “Atheism 101: Trickle-Down Poison”).

Saturday, November 17, 2012

• • Enduring Ignorance, Part 2 
Atlas Shrugged  | [M]y strategy amounts to a combo platter of Mahatma Gandhi and John Galt. Passive and active resistance to the dim-bulbs and the deadbeats on one end of the spectrum, and those who would impose tyranny on the other. For those Americans who don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, trust me:  you’re part of the problem, not the solution.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

• • Natural Law vs. Natural Lawlessness 
Individual Rights  | Self-government is the key to liberty, where we voluntarily restrain ourselves from doing evil that may, or will, harm another. The sort of extremely libertarianism, especially the sort that segues into outright Objectivism, is a hollow reed that can never support a liberty-oriented structure for civil society. Conservatives would do well to reject it, and to hold to the liberty ideology handed down to us by our Founders.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

• • Christ and Capitalism 
Capitalism  |Egoism  | Capitalism’s lay detractors [...] misunderstand the true nature of economic self-interest. Capitalist philosopher, Ayn Rand, articulated this nature in her essay, “The Virtue of Selfishness.” She points out the obvious truth that Man’s survival is entirely contingent upon “selfish” behavior, i.e. otherwise known as actions taken on behalf of himself and his family. Ignoring this fact, collectivism invariably fails—for everyone. Marshalling the forces intrinsic to this phenomenon, however, Capitalism invariably results in wealth—for everyone.

• • Aristotle, Marx and a classical education 
In our own time, Ayn Rand admits that Aristotle was her teacher. Edward W. Younkins says, “She intellectually stood on Aristotle’s shoulders.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

 Cain’s World 
[Ron] Paul has Ayn Rand’s domestic policy but Michael Moore’s foreign policy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

• • • “Zucottis” are not the Sans-Culottes 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Virtue of Selfishness  |Inaccurate  | Ayn Rand, the author of “Atlas Shrugged” knew Collectivism. Ayn Rand lived Collectivism¬†as a young woman in Revolutionary Russia before escaping to the United States. Many will tout her agnostic Objectivism as a strike against her common-sense brilliance, to this I say, “Pshaw! Socrates was not a Christian or a Jew but we consider his views on life and society. Saint Thomas Aquinas showed us the value of that. Again, no less a Christian luminary of humanity than Mother Theresa oft expressed her despair and doubts regarding how humans treat each other, and despairing moments about God and His Existence. I choose Ayn Rand because she is contemporary, became an American,¬†loved this country, and hated Communism. Her insights are invaluable when evaluating the Occupy Wall Street rabble.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

• • The Risk Taker vs. The Profit Taker 
Capitalism  | Businessmen are the symbol of a free society—the symbol of America. If and when they perish, civilization will perish. But if you wish to fight for freedom, you must begin by fighting for its unrewarded, unrecognized, unacknowledged, yet best representatives—the American businessmen.—Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

• • Palin Will Fight for Energy and Against Crony Capitalism 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | In her Labor Day speech in Iowa Palin said that cronyism “is not the capitalism of free men and free markets but the capitalism of connections and government handouts”, what Ayn Rand termed “the aristocracy of pull” in Atlas Shrugged.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

• • Tim, Liz and Bev Equals Moe Larry and Curly 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | Liz [Warren] might want to ponder where government would get its resources if those factory builders stopped building factories, or every other business that forms the economic backbone of our nation stopped doing what they do as well. Read “Atlas Shrugged” if you can’t figure it out for yourself.

Monday, August 01, 2011

• • • Then and Now, Thugs and Looters 
Personal life  | The paragraphs above are from a bio of Ayn Rand by Barbara Branden. Now you know why Ayn Rand hated Communists.

Friday, July 29, 2011

• • Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America — The insanity must be stopped 
It is a waste of time writing to your elected officials. They only care about their political careers. They are parasites. Ayn Rand described them accurately: “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you. . . you may know that your society is doomed.”

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

• • A Most Wonderful Human Being 
Hector Benedi had this great quote from Ayn Rand in his “Stupid Frogs” Blog this morning: “It stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there’s someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.” - Ayn Rand

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

 We Know They Know and United in Hate vs. United We Stand Part II 
America has strong Judeo/Christian roots, and a long tradition of following Christian principles (natural law). All that’s needed is to pick them up, dust them off, and reinvigorate them. They have been neglected, or merely paid lip-service to, for far too long, by far too many of us. This stance is perhaps the most important difference between true patriotic conservatives, and fiscally conservative Libertarians and Ayn Rand aficionados. It is not enough to be merely fiscally conservative. Without social conservatism, any purely economic conservative moves are simply the equivalent of changing deck-chairs on the Titanic.

Monday, July 04, 2011

• • Happy Independence Day! 
The Fountainhead  |The Fountainhead movie  | This is from our Russian Reader who asks God’s Blessing on CFP and other patriots. [....] Today our “KULTURA” TV-channel has gifted me the greatest Independence Day introduction I could never hope for: the good old 1949 “Fountainhead” movie, based on the novel of my favorite Ayn Rand! Ah, what a happy time both me and Gary Cooper had just a few moments ago!

Monday, May 02, 2011

• • A Conversation About Anti-Semitism 
Individualism  | “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” Ayn Rand