Saturday, March 23, 2013
• • Lululemon's Recall Of See-Through Pants Could Be A Big Sales Opportunity
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[Lululemon] certainly have experience digging out from what some saw as a “toxic” mix of ideology and commerce when then CEO Chip Wilson began to push totebags with a phrase associated with Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
• • Is Capitalism Dying?
If you believe capitalism is the system elaborated in the collective workings of Ayn Rand or equate Europe with socialism in the manner of a recent presidential candidate, then of course your capitalism isn’t dying because it’s never existed except as fiction or faith. Sorry for wasting your time. The rest of us can, I hope, agree that modern capitalism is a more complicated beast requiring some degree of regulation and calibration to people’s non-financial preferences (clean air and such.)
Saturday, January 12, 2013
• • The Battle Of The Narrative: How Ordinary Americans Can Fight ObamaCare
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The writer Ayn Rand once said, “You can never tell when your words will reach the right mind at the right time. You will see no immediate results — but it is of such activities that public opinion is made.” The electoral battle of 2012 is over, but the battle of the narrative is just beginning. Whichever side wins that battle will determine the future of American health care.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
• Tesla And SpaceX Founder Musk Buys $17 Million Bel Air Mansion
Notable among the effects [at Elon Musk’s Bel Air mansion] are a deep, dark wine cellar, a two-story stark white library complete with rolling ladder (books by Ayn Rand and Norman Mailer) and – the spot where he spends the most time – a home theater set up with a massive screen ideal for playing apocalyptic video games.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
• Promoting Libertarianism, John Ramsey Plays The Long Game
Meeting John at the Back Bay train station I was pleasantly surprised by the firm handshake of a soft-spoken, lanky, Southern gentleman – mature beyond his years with a sparkle of intelligence and a voracious appetite for self-education. This is not your father’s George Bush! Rand, Hayek, Bastiat, Friedman, Rothbard – John had studied his corpus.
Friday, October 19, 2012
• • • Atlas Shrugged Part II: Ideas That Tower Above Any Movie
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This movie, released a mere three weeks before the election, deserves your support. Vote for it with your movie dollars, if nothing else but to protest the statist madness engulfing us. Perhaps it will force some rational dialogue. Rest assured, the movie will be savaged by the leftist press, mocked by the cultural intelligentsia, and derided by the political operatives and crony capitalists that Ayn Rand so well portrayed in the characters of Wesley Mouch, Bertram Scudder, Kip Chalmers, Owen Boyle, Floyd Ferris, and many others.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
• • • Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan And Ayn Rand: Now That’s the Ticket
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Last March a group called Catholics United questioned “why Ryan, as a self-professed Catholic, would put the teachings of ultra-capitalist Ayn Rand, of whom he has spoken glowingly, before the teachings of Jesus and the Church.” Well, might the reason be that those teachings are so anti-capitalist, or for the same reason millions of “cafeteria Catholics,” in order to live and enjoy rational lives, must pick and choose from those teachings, making sure to jettison the (mostly) inane ones? No, says this group: the problem is that Rand rejects “self-sacrifice” (she does), a “core tenet of Christianity” (it is), and believes self-interest “should take the place of a higher power” (yes, it should). Last week, after Romney’s pick, the group issued a press release declaring that “Paul Ryan’s Priorities Reflect Teachings of Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ.” Well, they don’t, really, not perfectly (unfortunately), but the fact that this group is so bothered by Ryan speaks well of him.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
• Active Conversation
Matt Herper’s profile of computing entrepreneur Neal Patterson, who became a billionaire thanks to the government’s backing of health information technology and stands to become even richer thanks to changes wrought by ObamaCare, sparked off a passionate discussion over the role of computers in medicine and whether Cerner and rival Epic, run by Judy Faulkner, another billionaire, were really delivering on their promises. “Wonderfully informative,” wrote serranoslim. “Fascinating that an Ayn Rand-style Republican gets the possibilities that health care reform, a.k.a. ObamaCare, can bring. Exactly the kinds of different perspectives that combine throughout the IT industry to open doors to innovation.”
Sunday, April 22, 2012
• Could Computers Replace Health Insurers?
Neal Patterson, the chief executive of health care IT firm Cerner, [....] is a Republican, and a believer in the philosophies of Ayn Rand who says both political parties “frustrate” him on health care policy. He says that he believes a pure single payer health care system would make America’s innovation engine go stagnant.
• High School Sports: Settling Class Warfare by Adding More Classes
In a time when merely proposing that maybe the rich should give a little can get you branded a socialist, high school associations by that measure are flaming pinko commies as they try to make competition more even. And the Ohio State High School Athletic Association is so Communistic, it makes Leon Trotsky look like Ayn Rand.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
• • Are Apps The Future of Book Publishing?
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One of the things about the e-book market right now is that there are a variety of experiences. Perhaps the type of e-book app that will seem most familiar to people would be something along the lines of Penguin’s Amplified Edition of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. This edition, which is purchased as an iPad app, features things like actual manuscript pages, the ability to share quotes on social media, and audio clips of Ayn Rand on various topics.