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Sunday, November 20, 2011

• • • Rand’s Atlas Copy Writer Shrugged? 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Egoism  |Image  | The writer who made the mistake of referring to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” as a story of “courage and self-sacrifice” is lucky. With 100,000 DVD’s and Blu-rays released that refer to Rand’s magnum opus about rational selfishness as being about selflessness, the producers- not the writer-took responsibility for the mistake.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

• • • What Christians Can Learn from Ayn Rand 
Altruism  |Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |Egoism  |Individualism  | Ayn Rand, the tireless and dogmatic supporter of Objectivism, a philosophy without God and espousing selfishness. At first glance, she appears to be completely opposed to Christianity and offers no ideas to Christians. Yet, consider what her character Ellis Wyatt proclaimed, “There’s no such thing as a lousy job-only lousy men who don’t care to do it” (Atlas Shrugged). If there is any truth to this statement, Christians should consider how well they listen to this truth and how they can improve their response to it.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

• • • Ayn Rand: More to Her Than Objectivism 
Anthem  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Personal life  | It is hard for me to choose my favorite novelist of all time, I like so many writers and all for so many different reasons. I have always liked science fiction writers, however lately philosophical writers have peaked my interest. Novels by Tolstoy, Hesse, and Morley do speak to me on a different level, much more than just entertainment. But my all time favorite would have to be Ayn Rand.

Friday, September 23, 2011

• • Dystopian Novels 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  | Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand (1957): Tells the story from the point of view of Dagny Taggart, a high level railroad executive. She struggles to run the railroad in a time when government and society are combined against her. One by one, all the industrialists begin to inexplicably disappear. No one seems to know what is going on. Atlas Shrugged coined the phrase “Who is John Galt?”

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

• • Ouray, Colorado 
Atlas Shrugged  |Inaccurate  | In Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged all of the great inventors, industrialists and venture capitalists in the world make the decision to go on strike and go into hiding in order to rid the world of communism. They choose an idyllic mountain valley surrounded by tall cliffs and protected by machine that cloaks the valley in a mirage that makes it indistinguishable by air from the surrounding mountains. The model for Ayn Rand’s hideaway and the place where she eventually finished the novel was Ouray, Colorado.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

• • • My Favorite Novel - Atlas Shrugged 
Ayn Rand Institute  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Individualism  |Leonard Peikoff  |Personal life  | It is the sheer brilliance of the story; the endearing characters and the philosophy that it runs upon interest me much. Undoubtedly, this is the best work of fiction I have read so far and apparently not only because of the way it is written but also because of the imaginary world that the author created in the story. To quote the author (shared by Leonard Peikoff, heir to Ayn Rand’s estate and founder of the Ayn Rand Institute) “creating a new, original abstraction and translating it through new, original means’”This, as far as I know, is only me’”my kind of fiction writing.” By dint of the virtue of writing, she created a kind of world she wanted to live in and enjoyed living in it thoroughly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

• • • Who is Afraid of Atlas Shrugged 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | To me the theme of Atlas Shrugged can be summed up in one phrase, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” When the government intervenes in the economy, no matter if it is for the good of the country, the poor or the environment , creativity, profits, and wealth start to disappear. Society is left poorer as a result. So if you get time and feel like reading an interesting and challenging novel, don’t be afraid to read Atlas Shrugged, it is amazingly poignant for our time even if it was written some 55 year ago.

• • The Drain of School Uniforms 
Anthem  | A teenager’s whole sense of self can be placed into their appearance, so wearing a uniform can give them a sense of not being an “I” but of being a “We”. Just like in the Ayn Rand novel, Anthem, they are slowly being stripped of their identity, and becoming mechanical cogs in a larger machine.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

• • • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: My Favorite Novel 
The Fountainhead  |Individualism  | The Fountainhead is my favorite novel of all-time. It illustrates the advantages of individualism over collectivism and holding firm to one’s own principles over adopting them to the whims of an inferior collective morality. Howard Roark, the main character, illustrated Rand’s objectivism philosophy.

Friday, July 08, 2011

• • • Ayn Rand - My Favorite Author 
Anthem  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |We The Living  |Egoism  |Personal life  | Most of us have only been hearing the name Ayn Rand through the Tea Party demonstrations with signs like "Atlas is shrugging" and "What would John Galt think?" However, Ayn Rand should be understood for her work and not just blindly associated with this recent wave of right wing-extremism.

Friday, July 01, 2011

 Ron Paul: a Man Without a Political Base? 
Does Congressman Ron Paul have a true political base? He appeals to the Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman types who want a relatively free market, extremely low regulated, low tax state. He wants to abolish the IRS, FDA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, etc. This is what appeals to your sort of “high class Libertarian.”

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

• • • The Lie of Ayn Rand Part 2 - in Her Own Life 
Altruism  |Ayn Rand Institute  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Personal life  |Inaccurate  | For Rand, sexuality had nothing to do with marriage or even romance. Rather, it was only allowable when two people are logically and unavoidably drawn together by their intellectual superiority. Needless to say, it has absolutely nothing to do with the desire for children.

• • • The Lie of Ayn Rand Part 1 - Politics and Philosophy 
Altruism  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Virtue of Selfishness  |Egoism  |Individualism  |Inaccurate  | It does not take much research to realize that Ayn Rand’s life and teachings have absolutely no place in what Glenn Beck claims to be his American ideal. There is no denying that Alissa Rosenbaum, now known as Ayn Rand, suffered greatly under the Communist regime of Russia. However, the arguably worse political and philosophical views that she preached after coming to America cannot be swept under the rug.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

• • A Zombie’s Guide to Survival 
Inaccurate  | Ayn Rand stated (with apologies as to its application), “The purpose of Man’s life is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question.” Perhaps we are all, therefore, destined for zombie-ism.

Monday, May 16, 2011

• • • Who is Ayn Rand and Why Does She Matter? 
Altruism  |Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individual Rights  |Personal life  |Image  | Ms. Rand’s philosophy goes well beyond democratic tenants and creates a pseudo-intellectual cult holding that doing for others is contemptible; that doing for self is the purpose of human life; that altruism and service are somehow pathologies pushed by collectivists and should be subordinated to selfishness and greed.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

• • • “Atlas Shrugged” and “Madea’s Big Happy Family”, They Both Have Surprises 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | “Atlas Shrugged”, in the 50 years since it was first published, has continually been ranked as one of the 20th century’s greatest novels. Discussions to create a film adaptation of the novel have went on for decades but numerous times projects have been halted before they started because of the tremendous nature of their task. This film, simply put doesn’t do justice to Rand’s masterpiece novel.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

• • • ‘Atlas Shrugged, Part 1’ receives rocky start reaching out to conservatives 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | Considering the enduring 50+ year popularity of the source material, it seems a pretty solid bet that “Atlas Shrugged” will have as good a shot as any conservatives-targeted film of recent vintage of finding long-term success.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

• • BioShock and its impact on gaming culture 
BioShock  |Atlas Shrugged  | Whether or not gamers agree with Ayn Rand, it’s impossible to deny the influence of “Atlas Shrugged” in BioShock. That influence has got me and many other gamers to pick up the book just to compare it to BioShock.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

• • • Ayn Rand’s early life 
Ayn Rand Institute  |Atlas Shrugged  |We The Living  |Personal life  |Image  |Inaccurate  | Before she wrote bestselling novels, who was Ayn Rand? Ayn Rand’s early life came to define how she grew up and the ideas that she held. In part, this was because of the difficult experience she had growing up during the Communist takeover of Russia.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

• • Anthem, by: Ayn Rand 
Anthem  | Anthem was written when Ayn Rand was 33 years old but she already had a clear vision of her philosophical views and used this piece of fiction to make a point of what life would be like on earth if man were prohibited from exercising individuality. It is beautifully written, however, because this was one of her earliest attempts at fiction, it isn’t her best writing. It does not have the same depth as The Fountain Head and Atlas Shrugged, nor is it as good as other contemporary dystopia novels like Brave New World and The Handmaids Tale.