Saturday, January 05, 2013
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
• 'The Hobbit,' James Bond, 'The Twilight Saga': Anyone else tired of the onslaught of
Atlas Shrugged movie |
Hollywood suits don’t see creative endeavors, they see money-printing machines. (Note, this does not explain the existence of the “Atlas Shrugged” series, or the plan to make more “Oogieloves” movies. These seem like insane passion projects fueled by deep pockets who curiously don’t seem to want a return on their investments. There’s always an exception.)
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
• Who creates dependence - the individual or the government? (Joyce Pines column)
Our national value of rugged individualism is expressed in the idea of not holding up an individual as deserving of a throne, but also encouraging individuals not to sit in a bed of thorns and expect to get help. Very Ayn Rand. That attitude ignores the fact that we’re human beings. We may shout “rugged individual,” but none of us gets the good life without support — from the families who raise us, the mentors who guide us, the friendships that mold us and the teachers who educate us. And even if we make dumb mistakes and wind up sitting on a thorn, don’t we deserve a hand to help us up?
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
• • Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. intimidate GM? Is Rush Limbaugh absolutely boycott-innocent?
The government's stake in GM has led conservatives and libertarians alike to call it "socialism" — and to muddy the distinctions against communism and fascism. The approaches are different, but don't take my word for it. The sainted Ayn Rand nods to the classic definition (find the word "characteristic"): Communism abolishes private property, while fascism dictates to property owners. And she points out that communism and fascism tend toward dictatorship (find the word "statism").
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
• • Two for tea parties on the Obama honeymoon, Day 84
I studied Karl Marx. I wrote papers on Karl Marx. I pretty much know Karl Marx. He said socialism is a stop along the line to his ideal of communism, which is supposedly the (non-voting) voice of the people. But Marx in no way supported the dictating voice of the state that marks right-wing fascism. So it's confusing for me to see a guy in Fort Myers, Fla., hold up a sign that tags President Obama as both a (Nazi) fascist and communist. I blame Ayn Rand, who was trying to say that dictatorship is bad, but confused herself in specific terms.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
• Deep Purple, Bing Crosby and the tales behind all those weird rock band names
The Fountainhead |
Collective Soul comes from a phrase used by Ayn Rand in "The Fountainhead." (I had no idea this rock band was so literate.)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
• Elaborate ‘BioShock’ mesmerizes gamers
As Icarus can tell you, pride always comes before a fall into the ocean. In the case of "BioShock," the tumble starts in the water with an Ayn Rand-like back story about a mad visionary who will not submit to God or man, instead taking his empire under the sea. Freed from the common morality that would make Nietzsche giddy, Andrew Ryan (a thinly guised stand-in for Rand) erects a magnificent art-deco metropolis that should stand as a beacon to the ages.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
• •Q&A with Dennis Miller
One of my favorite characters in fiction is this guy named Howard Rourke, in this kind of melodramatic, weird movie called "The Fountainhead," a remake of Ayn Rand. There's a great moment where this architecture critic comes up to Gary Cooper, who's stuck to his guns and been ruined in the architecture community. He says, "What do you think of me, Mr. Rourke?" and he's gloating over him. And Rourke said, "I don't think of you." I love that.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
The question underlying the woeful script by John Galt (isn't he one of Ayn Rand's lumbering heroes?) has something to do with bright eyes and bright teeth and how, in the absence of real talent, those assets can be parlayed into fame.