Tuesday, January 08, 2013
• A Zombie Eye On The Future
Paul Ryan |
For all his Randian rhetoric, and the endless head-fakes he makes in the general direction of Opportunity For All — Pro Tip, Paul. For a head fake to work, sooner or later, you have to take a shot. — Ryan is fundamentally a creature of the high-end businessmen who finance his party.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
• • Buffett Rule Obama Speech
Paul Ryan |
Of course, [Pope John Paul II’s view of our obligations to the poor] is the kind of thing about religion that drove Ayn Rand, the oversexed yahoo who is Paul Ryan’s personal glow-girl, crazy. The irony, she is truly rich in this one.)
Thursday, April 05, 2012
• Wisconsin, Where the Romney Pushback Begins
Now, in Wisconsin, where almost nobody is in the middle — wherever that is — anymore, [Mitt Romney] has had to choose the company of an Ayn Rand fanboi, a Koch Brothers rentboy, and a rookie senator who thinks the Affordable Care Act was drawn up at Nuremberg in 1935.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
• How to Really Fix the Next Debt Crisis
It’s not a “tax increase” when you allow a “temporary” tax cut to terminate under its own statutory terms. It is a resumption of the status quo before the failure of the “supply-side” experiment. Even Ayn Rand would understand that.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
• • Beyond Glee: A video tour of the ultimate fictional education
Revolutionary Pre-K Student Body: The Ayn Rand School for Tots, The Simpsons. The episode "A Streetcar Named Marge" is best known for Maggie tossing the pacifier and breaking her silence (by way of Jodie Foster's vocal chords, no less). But the buildup is just as memorable: Marge enrolls her baby in a fascist daycare center, the proprietor of which forbids any use of pacifiers or bottles ("our aim here is to develop the 'bottle within'").
Monday, May 03, 2010
• The prison letters of Timothy McVeigh
Atlas Shrugged |
Along with [an April 1998] letter, [McVeigh] sent a newspaper clipping with the headline SWISS BANK VOWS TO FIGHT NAZI GOLD SUIT: U. S. LAWYER PLANNING NEW CLASS-ACTION CLAIM. He underlined a passage noting that most of the gold that the Swiss National Bank bought from Nazi Germany during World War II had been looted from occupied countries. In the margin, McVeigh added in his small, left-leaning scrawl: "Have you ever read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged? That's what comes to mind when I read things like this; the 'tobacco settlement'; Microsoft anti-trust charges; etc. And while we're at it, why stop here in remembering what is, essentially, 'spoils of war'?! (I don't have adequate space to list examples!) This is ridiculous! (but you can't say that because it's non-P.C.)"
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
• The new American religion behind the growing American rage
Atlas Shrugged |
[Mike Austin’s] apartment is a one-bedroom unit on the ground floor of a rambling development — a lot of books like Patton, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and Atlas Shrugged on cheap Ikea shelves, posters of John Wayne and Gladiator, a couple of giant speakers, two crucifixes, one statue of the Virgin Mary, and one incense burner "because Martin Luther said incense drives away the devil."
Thursday, March 26, 2009
• Why Tiger Woods is the opposite of hope
Atlas Shrugged |
[Tiger Woods] Day-Timered the most contested individual event in sports. Sunday: Roll in a twenty-footer to gut Mediate. Monday: Win eighteen-hole playoff. Tuesday: Meet the press, discuss the "drama." Wednesday: Announce surgery. Thursday: No food after 7:00 p.m.! Friday: Hospital. Bring Atlas Shrugged to read in recovery.
Monday, March 23, 2009
• The demise of the overconfident jackass
Spencer from The Hills, Barney on How I Met Your Mother, the expense-account-abusing, bottle-service-ordering, Ayn Rand-quoting embarrassments of the American banking sector: Your relevance is dwindling, your presence no longer required.
Monday, December 17, 2007
• I am buried in plastic instruments
For a while there, games seem poised to break out of their extended adolescence and veer towards something more decidedly adult. BioShock’s Ayn Randian eugenics journey to the bottom of the sea felt as atmospheric as Blade Runner.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
•Wikiworld: The experiment
Profile of Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, before and after editing by the online encyclopedia's contributors.
Wales is an admirer of Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism, which influenced his adopting a neutral-point-of-view policy. It forces editors to replace opinions with facts or their changes will be wiped out.