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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

• • • The 13 Books That Every Young Conservative Must Read 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individualism  |Image  | The fourth and final novel by Objectivist founder Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged is considered her magnum opus, and a must-read for any budding conservative. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

• • Florida Gulf Coast Has An Unapologetically Pro-Capitalist Economics ... 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | Although Florida Gulf Coast University is only 22 years old, its economics department has already developed a reputation for it's pro-free enterprise philosophy. [....] Every economics student gets a copy of Ayn Rand's objectivist novel Atlas Shrugged, [Jean] Gruss reports, and the school offers classes like "Moral Foundations & Capitalism."

• • Why Gap’s Athleta Will Overtake Lululemon 
One Yelp reviewer wrote that he preferred Athleta to Lululemon “because it doesn’t carry that cultish Lululemon vibe that apparently based on that brand founder’s fetish for Ayn Rand.”

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

• • Homeland Security, fear, and your retirement savings 
Atlas Shrugged  | Midway through the Super Bowl stadium blackout yesterday evening (which seems a convenient metaphor for the decline of the West… something ripped out of the pages of Atlas Shrugged), I briefly ducked out on my guests to check email and read the news.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

• • Hope Is Critical To A Strategy 
Atlas Shrugged  | I’m an optimistic, hopeful person. I think things will turn out ok. I don’t deny reality and I live by the words of John Galt when he said “It’s not that I don’t suffer, it’s that I know the unimportance of suffering.”

Monday, December 03, 2012

• • How Sandy-Related PR Nightmare Cost Startup Uber $100,000 In A Day 
Atlas Shrugged  | [W]hile continuing to pay drivers 2X their normal rate, Uber started charging customers 1X the normal rate. This act of generosity (and, let’s be honest, PR damage control) cost Uber about $100,000. So what did Uber get for its expensive pains? A nasty column from PandoDaily’s Paul Carr is what.[....] (A week ago, Carr wrote a column about how Uber CEO  Travis Kalanick has a reckless fascination with disrupting government regulation. Carr mocked Kalanick's alleged obsession with Ayn Rand. That's all fair and a separate issue. Kalanick should be more respectful of some government regulation. Rand is terrible.)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

• • Obama Was Always Out Of Romney’s League 
Atlas Shrugged  |Individualism  | Romney wasn’t the libertarian mouth that politicians such as Ron Paul had been; he was the real thing, a John Galt character, a pure individualist: a functioning, and not just verbal, psychopath. That bully turned out to be simply outmatched by Obama’s sheer skill.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

• • • In Praise of Toleration 
Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individual Rights  |Individualism  | Ayn Rand would not like this book. She wouldn’t like its subject matter. For Rand, libertarians were “hippies of the right,” who “subordinate reason to whims and “substitute anarchism for capitalism” — a “monstrous, disgusting bunch” of “intellectual cranks” who “plagiarize my ideas.” Rand evidently regarded libertarians’ arguments as unworthy of engagement, since she never, in fact, engaged with them. A book celebrating this dreadful movement and tracing it to her would be far from welcome. [....] But Jerome Tuccille didn’t write this book for Ayn Rand. He wrote it for, as he says in the dedication, “deviationists all over the world.”

Saturday, September 08, 2012

• • RANDIANS! Here's The Trailer For The Atlas Shrugged Part II 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Video  | Even though Part I was box-office poison, director John Putch is about to release the second episode of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy, adapted from the Ayn Rand novel that inspired the conservative "objectivist" movement.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

 Here Are 10 Things You Never Knew About Republican V.P. Hopeful Paul Ryan 
Capitalism  |Paul Ryan  | He’s a fan of Ayn Rand’s work. He catches catfish with his bare hands. He sometimes sleeps in his congressional office to be closer to the Capitol Hill gym, so he can wedge in an early-morning workout with other fitness-minded and buff congressmen.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

 The Most Important Election News Of The Day 
Paul Ryan  | It's not about Mitt's taxes, Paul Ryan's love for Ayn Rand, or how much each side is going to take out of Medicare. It's about this. S&P closing in on new multi-year highs.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

• • German tax authorities raiding homes of ‘suspected’ evaders 
Decades ago, Rand perfectly characterized what we’re dealing with today… economies run by men who deal in favors and produce nothing. And there’s something very peculiar about their nature…

Monday, July 23, 2012

 My Hilarious Encounter With Greek Communists 
It seems to be an unwritten rule of politics that the fringier you are in your beliefs, the more likelier you are to splinter with into small factions, and despise people who are incredibly close to you ideologically. That’s why conservatives can live under the ‘big tent’ called the Republican party, but Libertarians factionalize into Objectivists, and Austrians, and GMU libertarians, and Koch libertarians, and Cato Institute Libertarians and so on and so on.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

 Presenting A Complete Transcript Of The Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting 
Alan Greenspan  |Capitalism  | [Charlie] Munger:  Canada had a more responsible system and had almost no problems. We departed from morality and soundness and the government was part of this.  It was wrong not to step on a boom that was full of fraud and folly.  Apparently, Alan Greenspan overdosed on Ayn Rand when he was young. A lot of damage was done by letting craziness go unchecked.  We had no choice but to nationalize FNM and FRE.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

 When Will The Younger Generation Realize How Much We’ve Screwed Them? 
Contrary to popular opinion, we were not all liberals. There were conservatives and others who would later choose to call themselves “libertarians”. Although young, we had our heroes, both living and dead, from older generations, Ayn Rand born in 1905, Barry Goldwater born in 1909, and John F. Kennedy born in 1917, among others.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

 Munger On Buffett's Cancer Diagnosis, The Fed, Berkshire's Investment Strategies, And Not Us 
Alan Greenspan  |Capitalism  | Munger said he had no quarrels with the Fed though it was blind not to step on the boom. Greenspan and everyone else in the Fed “overdosed” on Ayn Rand.

Monday, April 30, 2012

 GOP Budget-Slasher Paul Ryan Is Much Weirder Than You Thought 
Paul Ryan  | [A New York Times profile] notes that despite his protests to the contrary, Paul Ryan is a big admirer of libertarian novelist and theorist, Ayn Rand, and he did one drive the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, but not professionally.

• • The 7 internet political principles 
Atlas Shrugged  | [T]he more libertarian strain of internet philosophy has people looking to move more of the economy under internet sovereignty and away from traditional jurisdictions. In a sense, we may look to those individuals as trying to reject some of the ways in which developed countries operate and create their own virtual version of Galt’s Gulch, after the fictional place in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

 12 Utterly Bizarre Facts About The Rise Of Lululemon, The Cult-Like Yoga Brand 

[Lululemon’s] success came at a price. In January, founder Chip Wilson stepped aside and his duties were taken over by CEO Christine Day, after he generated a string of unfortunate headlines about his weird beliefs. Those beliefs include favoring child labor, his disdain for the ability of the Japanese to speak English, a love of Ayn Rand, and his opinion that The Pill created a generation of divorce-shattered women now seeking empowerment through yoga.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

• • Chinese Immigrants Make Me Feel Better About Myself 
Wealth, politics and corruption go hand in hand (in both China and the U.S.), and there’s a reason why so many of China’s wealthiest individuals’ fall from grace involves a prison cell. To put it another way, China’s nouveau riche should not be mistaken for heroic characters in an Ayn Rand novel.