Monday, April 08, 2013
• • How Mr. Selfridge Created the Modern Economy
If these shows’ entrepreneurial heroes are unusual, it’s their focus on retailing that fills the real cultural lacuna. Not even Ayn Rand deigned to celebrate shopping. None of her heroes were department store magnates.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Saturday, January 05, 2013
• • • What Ayn Rand Can Teach John Boehner
Atlas Shrugged |
All this talk about Plan B got me thinking about Project X. What's Project X, you ask? Randians (that's Ayn Rand to the uninitiated) will recall it from "Atlas Shrugged" as a sonic weapon of mass destruction being developed by the State Science Institute. With the nation's producers on strike, Project X is the government's last gasp to exert control over a collapsing economy.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
• U.S. Regional Clashes Behind Obama Versus Romney
Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential challenger, is a Yankee from Michigan and Massachusetts, who nevertheless chose to run on a platform emphasizing individual liberty, and to select as his running mate a devotee of Ayn Rand.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
• • A Hundred Horses Are Ford’s Pride After Flipping Tainted Banks
Atlas Shrugged |
[Gerald J.] Ford says that working in an auto body shop as a teenager alongside his dad in Pampa, Texas, spurred him to seek a better career. In high school, he carried around Ayn Rand’s libertarian tome “Atlas Shrugged,” about the pursuit of individual achievement. Her books talked about people being successful, and I identified with that,” Ford says.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
• Romney’s Gaffes Won’t Cost Him As Many Votes As His Views
Paul Ryan |
[Mitt Romney] has so lashed himself to [Paul] Ryan, an Ayn Rand libertarian, that there’s talk of Ryan going on the ticket. The Ryan-Romney plan -- from slashing federally funded scientific research to forcing seniors from nursing homes because of draconian Medicaid cuts -- will be wildly unpopular if Obama and his team find the resonant language to exploit it.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
• • Ryan Says Catholics Can Disagree Over Cuts in Aid to Poor
Almost 90 members of Georgetown’s faculty and administrators signed a letter to [Paul] Ryan accusing him of misusing the Catholic faith. “Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ,” the letter said. “We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few,” the faculty members’ letter said.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
• Captain Hook Hams It Up in Boorish ‘Starcatcher’: Review
Aiming to be all things to all audiences -- amusing for children, knowing for grown-ups, sophisticated for cognoscenti - - [Peter and the Starcatcher] recalls [playwright Rick] Elice’s similarly tin-eared book for “The Addams Family.” A monologue by Black Stache (for his Groucho- like facial hair) includes a reference to a Cadillac Escalade and a mangled idiom (“splitting rabbit” for “splitting hairs”) that defies both sensibility and sense, as does another to Ayn Rand.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Thursday, December 29, 2011
• • If Paul Wins Caucuses, Iowa Will Be Loser
[Ron] Paul’s followers -- many of them young and intensely devoted to Ayn Rand, others older and mysteriously devoted to Rand regardless -- are fired up. They’ll be out caucusing no matter how dark the night or cold the weather.