Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
• • Prerequisites to true freedom in the Middle East
Individual Rights |
Human rights are inextricably connected with property rights. As Ayn Rand observed many years ago, “Just as man can’t exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one’s rights into reality--to think, to work and keep the results--which means the rights to property…. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. The man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life.”
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Sunday, January 09, 2011
• Some stray thoughts on the Giffords shooting
We The Living |
Among [Jared Loughner’s] favorite books: Mein Kampf, the Communist Maniefesto, Animal Farm, and Ayn Rand’s We the Living. Unless he’s the first Nazi Randian communist, it’s hard to identify him with any political movement.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
• • Here comes trouble
Jonathan Chait of the reminded">New Republic [...] reminded us that [Rand] Paul liked Ayn Rand, which made him “exactly tantamount to a candidate whose worldview was shaped by Karl Marx.” Chait further suggested that this proves Paul “harbors a private contempt for Christianity.” Well, his name is Rand! [....] The reality, of course, is that most of Congress's new recruits will quickly acclimate themselves to Washington and revert to the depressing Republican norm of talking constitutionalism while voting for big government.
Monday, December 20, 2010
• The mega-selling Christian and conservative novelist
Koontz’s Odd Thomas novels featuring a character by that name lay open Koontz’s philosophy wide for all to see, not in the Ayn Rand style where suddenly the main character is giving a big speech, but rather by taking advantage of the opportunities that arise in the natural rhythm of the story.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
• Shut up, New Republican weenies!
Ron Paul is a churchgoing non-Randian whose leadership team includes veterans of Pat Robertson’s 1988 presidential campaign.
Monday, September 13, 2010
• • Will they remember in November?
Atlas Shrugged |
Brianna Aubin stood in the front row of the rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol, holding aloft a sign hand-lettered in green: “Because my life is mine by right and will not be used to maintain a world that doesn’t know it.” That slogan was paraphrased from a monologue spoken by Francisco d’Anconia in Ayn Rand’s classic libertarian novel Atlas Shrugged. “I read it in high school, but it wasn’t until the past year that I realized how accurate it was,” said Aubin, a 25-year-old who had traveled from Illinois to D.C. for the event. Aubin was among the thousands who turned out for the second “9-12 Taxpayer March on Washington” organized by FreedomWorks.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
• Rand Paul and medicare physician payments
Rand Paul |
By the way, “Rand” is short for “Randall.” Rand Paul was not named after Ayn Rand.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
• The man with the plan
Paul Ryan |
A native of Janesville, Wisconsin, Paul Ryan developed his political philosophy reading the works of free market authors including Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek, and Ayn Rand.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
• No more ‘New England Republicans’
As [Rob Simmons] declared at a recent debate, he's fiscally conservative "because it's your money" and socially moderate "because it's your life." This has always been his philosophy, he promises. Trust him. If that were true, New England would be in the midst of a decades-long libertarian renaissance and Logan Airport would have been renamed after Ayn Rand. The reality is that New England Republicans like Simmons are usually politicians who want to enact the Democratic agenda at a slightly slower pace than Democrats.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
• • Health care rebellion: Lessons from Martin Luther King
Atlas Shrugged |
"The road is cleared. We are going back to the world." -- John Galt in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Enough is enough. It's time to put government tyranny out of business, and put health care justice in business.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
• Tinseltown nostalgia
[Frank] Capra, a naturalized American citizen who fought in two wars for his adopted country, was famous for his optimism and his emphasis on the value of the individual versus that of powerful interests; sort of a cinematic Ayn Rand.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
• • The lady and the Tiger
The Fountainhead |
There will be no more role models in America unless they are deemed by the media to be absolutely perfect. Ayn Rand, writing in The Fountainhead, has the unctuous socialist Ellsworth Toohey explain the method: "Don't set out to raze all shrines -- you'll frighten men. Enshrine mediocrity, and the shrines are razed." One cannot help thinking of our current president when reading these presciently chilling words.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
• • California nightmarin’
As Ayn Rand noted long ago, laws such as [those mentioned in Eric Peters' Magical Thinking in California] aren't meant to be obeyed. They are composed precisely so that NOT breaking them is impossible.