Tuesday, April 16, 2013
• Can you MOOC your way through college in one year?
[Jonathan Haber:] [T]he discussion boards [for a massive open online course, or MOOC] look like comment sections on news stories—really, really thoughtful and really, really misguided. At least half the people taking the courses are outside of the US, meaning that English is not everybody’s first language. Generally I found that any discussion that goes over 25 comments is gravitating toward the mean, which is the same old stale left/right debate. If the discussion goes on over 25 comments usually it’s because they’re having a fight over Ayn Rand.
Monday, March 11, 2013
• • Romney's nod to wealthy few is what made voters shake their heads
Mitt Romney has popped up again ruing the things he did or didn’t do that cost him the election [...]. What he fails to grasp is that his problem was what he appeared to believe. People who believe, as Romney seemed to, that an elite few deserve the bulk of the material wealth of this country will always have an uphill battle to win the presidency. Ayn Rand’s vision is hokum. In fact, most of the population probably works just as hard as Romney, if not harder, and deserves a fair share of the pie rather than scorn.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
• • Enough is Enough: Exercising from Healthy to Harmful
When Ayn Rand said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” Exercise must not have been her focus. Live well, exercise vigorously… but remember enough is enough.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
• Movie Review Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated and Live Action
There’s a mini-“Simpsons” episode, the agreeable 5-minute quickie “The Longest Daycare,” in which baby Maggie endures the terrors of the Ayn Rand School for Tots.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
• Candidates quibble over size of government, but what US needs is quality
Yet Romney is also right to rumble against wasteful Washington, for we have often spent more without achieving more. Studies often find little correlation between school quality and spending, and it is even easier to waste vast sums on infrastructure boondoggles, such as Detroit’s People Mover monorail. Since America cannot give up on education or infrastructure, the right response to these shortcomings is not Ayn Randian individualism, but a passionate commitment to the wonky business of public-sector efficiency.
• • Federal flood insurance encourages irrational choices
Ideologically, perhaps only the ardent Ayn Rand rightist argues that the federal government should not be in the business of helping our fellow citizens recover from devastation on this scale. Yet candidates who promise lower taxes and more government stuff relieve us from having to think rationally about paying for what we want to get from government. As a result, we have accumulated an astonishing $16 trillion debt, and that’s a tragedy.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
• • The worship of wealth crosses party lines
Cathy Young writes that it is a “misconception” to think that Rand “worshipped the rich and saw moneymaking as life’s highest goal.” However, given the prominent role of money in today’s elections, liberals are as guilty as conservatives of helping to create this misconception. Rand “attracted hordes of followers.” Among them are the leaders of our political parties. Not too long ago, it seems, Richard Nixon said, “We’re all Keynesians now.” Today, we’re all Ayn Randians.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
• Paul Ryan biography
Paul Ryan |
Personal: Catholic, has cited as influences libertarian writer Ayn Rand and philosopher and saint Thomas Aquinas.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
• Delay of highly anticipated BioShock game called smart move
BioShock Infinite is a follow-up to Irrational’s 2007 BioShock, a grim and intellectually challenging game inspired by the libertarian philosophy of novelist Ayn Rand.
Monday, April 30, 2012
• The Difference Between You and Me,’ ‘Radiant Days,’ ‘The Miseducation of Cam
Madeleine George’s “The Difference Between You and Me” takes on a lot (homosexuality, cancer and loss, family, corporate business vs. small towns), but at its core it’s a funny and warm book about a romance between a 15-year-old who accepts who she is and her classmate who has let others’ expectations define her. [....] George sometimes defies character clichés (e.g., Wyatt, Jesse’s gay best friend, worships Ayn Rand instead of Judy Garland), but other times, embraces them: Emily is a pretty girl with problems, and her friends are mean clones.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
• Review: Peter Pan show high on its own starstuff
There’s [Alex] Timbers’ winky-winky, oh-so-witty cultural references -- Kelis’ “Milkshake,” Starbucks and Ayn Rand, all not terribly Victorian really -- that he also offered while helming “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” and there’s the endearing boyish naivety that Rees has added to parts on “Cheers” and “The Addams Family.”
Monday, April 16, 2012
Monday, January 02, 2012
• Pity the Billionaire: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right by Thomas Frank
Frank is a historian, not a soothsayer, and the bulk of “Pity the Billionaire” is a tour of recent political ideology. Frank relies on a pop-cultural archive: from the succulent conspiracies spun by Glenn Beck and the fiery Tea Party insurgents in search of YouTube’s fleeting grace, to lavish Gordon Gekko culture and Ayn Rand’s novels. Anything, in fact, that championed the culture of fiscal aggression gained celebrants, leading to an inversion of victimhood. Traders and captains of industry, the very people that brought on the collapse, became heroes, and government regulators in Washington were cast as devils, simultaneously omnipotent and incompetent.
Friday, June 03, 2011
• The Tree of Life
The Fountainhead |
Jack grows into an architect, played in a few cutaways by Sean Penn, who rides elevators and wanders a skyscraper. He looks miserable, like a man whose punishment for choosing the wrong path is this Ayn Rand afterlife.