Wednesday, March 28, 2012
• • • Ayn Rand Nation: Look Elsewhere To Learn About Ayn Rand
Objectivist author |
Imagine a lecture on the ideas of Ayn Rand – or on those of Immanuel Kant, or John Locke, or Plato, or Aristotle, or on the philosophical system of any major thinker of the past – delivered by Ronald MacDonald in full clown regalia. Pretty ludicrous? Picture it combined with the rhetorical equivalent of “death by a thousand chortles,” punctuated with spittle-spewing Bronx cheers. Pretty disgusting? Not very amusing? Then you will have an idea of the nature and purpose of Gary Weiss’s book on Rand and Objectivism, Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
• • Being Yourself is Practical
The Fountainhead |
When I first read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, I recognized Howard Roark (and Rand’s other heroes) as the obvious way to be. It was not a radical concept to me at all, although I recognized it is to most people. “Of course Howard Roark is like that. How else would anyone be?”
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
• • • Books: I Am John Galt
Alan Greenspan |Atlas Shrugged movie |Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal |The Fountainhead |The Virtue of Selfishness |Objectivist author |
Book review: I Am John Galt, by Donald Luskin and Andrew Greta.
Judging this book is rather like judging the movie version of Atlas: both could have been better but both also could have been so much worse. By the standard of what an Objectivist intellectual would write, the book is thin and, at times, offensive in its comparison of people to Ayn Rand’s unique, grand-scale, life-loving heroes. (E.g., as creative as Steve Jobs surely is, there’s no way on God’s green earth that he is remotely comparable to Howard Roark). On the other hand, by the standard of what you would expect to see in such a book, I Am John Galt is surprisingly good.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
• • Reagan-interruptus: Republicans are, once again, the stupid party
Altruism |Capitalism |Objectivist author |
All those years ago, philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand got it so right. She said that there was no end to the welfare-regulatory state until or unless people reject the morality of altruism, defined as the morality that we are all our brothers’ keepers. In practice, the code of altruism means that the more I produce, achieve and earn, the more I owe to others. The same applies to you. Republicans (usually religious) tend to eschew this attitude applied to government, preferring that self-sacrifice be practiced outside politics rather than within it. The Democrats, who tend not to be religious, say that’s silly, that if we all are our brothers’ keepers, then of course government should uphold this principle under the law. In the end, Republicans, even if they put up a fight, concede that well, shucks, “I guess those Democrats do have a point.”
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
• • • Art against jihad: An interview with Bosch Fawstin, creator of The Infidel and Pigman
[Q:] Who is Bosch Fawstin? [A:] A life-long comic book fan whose love of heroes led him to Ayn Rand’s novels and her philosophy of Objectivism, which my own fictional heroes embody. [Q:] Ayn Rand? Yes, I see the author of Atlas Shrugged she even makes an appearance in Table For One. What inspires you about Ayn Rand and her philosophy Objectivism in regards to your art? [A:] Ayn Rand is the most fully realized artist I’ve ever come across. She wrote the truth as if her life depended on it, and she made me conscious of the fact that my favorite artists have always been the most honest. Her philosophy of Objectivism is what helps keep my life and the lives of my heroes in full intellectual engagement with reality. Its focus on what really matters helps me better recognize the unimportant and the unnecessary in my life and in my art, which is a great value in keeping my stories anchored to reality and true to themselves.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Sunday, January 09, 2011
• • Stupid and stingy: How the left and right see each other
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What about [...] those who disagree with Kant and can refute him, can defend reason and egoism? That’s a minority of one: Ayn Rand. Except that, thanks to Ayn Rand, there are now a growing legion of New Intellectuals to carry on and extend her anti-Kantian revolution.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
• • Justice for Goldman Sachs
Yet another injustice towards Goldman Sachs is circulating on the web. It's the publication of the fact that Goldman Sachs has financially supported Democrats over Republicans. The implicit or explicit conclusion is that Goldman is buying pull. Some bloggers have said that the firm is known as "Government Sachs." This is total context-dropping. The facts omitted from consideration are: [....] 2. Businesses have to contribute to political parties to buy protection. At least they think they do. Even [Hank] Rearden [a character in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged] thought so: "Rearden disliked the subject. He knew that it was necessary to have a man to protect him from the legislature; all industrialists had to employ such men."
Monday, April 26, 2010