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Tuesday, December 02, 2008
• • • Spreading the gospel
Ayn Rand Institute |Capitalism |Yaron Brook |
On the opening of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights.
People are excited about finding a small clique of individuals in Washington, D.C. who quietly roll their eyes when another lengthy lecture on public service begins. Conversations are excitedly punctuated with “I know!” and “I mean, really!” and references to 1,000 page tomes of philosophical fiction do not have to be explained. In the hallway outside, the Objectivist Society has set up a table adorned with literature. Passersby shuffle nervously in front of it, unsure if standard protocol applies. Yes, a woman smiles as if to assure them, you can take them. These, at least, are free.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
• What’s your story?: Amy Alkon
Profile of syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon.
As opinionated as Alkon is, she refuses to be pigeonholed when it comes to politics: “I’m not Left or Right…I find both parties creepy.” When I ask if she voted in the recent primaries, Alkon hesitates, and then admits she voted for Barack Obama, but only because she wanted to vote “against Hillary Clinton.” She also cops to a brief Ayn Rand phase—“I was mostly insufferable during my college days,” she laughs—though she’s not entirely sure about the “libertarian” label. Still, she counts herself as a big fan of Reason and its editor, Matt Welch, a former Angeleno. She’s found the Right more welcoming than the Left, but, as a self-professed “godless harlot,” doesn’t care for the religious bent of the Republican party.