Thursday, January 10, 2013
Saturday, January 05, 2013
• The future of the Republican party
[P]erversely, many conservatives believe America’s poor are undertaxed – the notorious 47 per cent who are defined “moochers” in the Randian universe. In reality, the vast majority pay tax in many forms even if they are not wealthy enough to incur federal income tax.
Sunday, November 04, 2012
• Muse, O2 Arena, London
Muse anglicise a different aspect of America from the blues and R&B that inspired previous generations of Britrockers. The Devon trio are an English offshoot of the conspiratorial, paranoid strain of mind that brought us The X Files, Ayn Rand, Jack London, 9/11 deniers, etc. They do not go near the really hateful stuff – it is not as if they have turned The Protocols of the Elders of Zion into rock opera – but they do unleash some powerful libertarian hoodoo. Crackpot US rightwinger Glenn Beck praises their songs for posing “the fundamental question facing the world today – can man rule himself?”
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
• • Rand wrote the Occupy manual
Atlas Shrugged |
I wonder if Jem Eskenazi (Letters, August 20) read the same Atlas Shrugged that I did? As I recall, it was a story about how a ragtag band including a minimum wage railway worker, a playboy and a pirate took down a corrupt, corporatist government and the villainous, politically connected bankers and industrialists by convincing the best and the brightest to stop selling their souls to Corporate America. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say it reads like a manual for Occupy Wall Street!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
• • • Rand novel’s influence on Ryan fuels debate
Alan Greenspan |Atheism |Ayn Rand Institute |Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism |Yaron Brook |
Rand believed in “rational self interest” and that a person must pursue individual happiness above all else. Coercion of any kind, whether from government or other individuals, was a threat to that pursuit. In political and economic terms, she staunchly supported laisser faire capitalism, and opposed all regulation and intrusion by the state into people’s personal lives. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, credits Rand with changing perceptions about capitalism and the value of entrepreneurship. “If you go back to the 1960s, capitalism was considered a four-letter word. Most intellectuals were enamoured with socialism. Fast forward to the 1980s, that really changes and I think that without Atlas Shrugged, without Ayn Rand, I’m not sure that happens.” Similarly, he says it is debatable whether the conservative Tea Party movement, with its anti-government focus, would be the political force it is today without her influence.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
• Gingrich campaign is back on the ropes
[Gingrich supporter Neil] Matheson said he had been involved in Republican politics since he “read a book by Ayn Rand” and predicted that Mr Gingrich would “slide by” and win the Florida primary, despite recent weakness in the polls, which he blames on “money and those horrible ads”.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
• The inalienable right to tweet
As Ayn Rand, Ron Paul and other great thinkers over the ages have said, the gummint has no place in the bedrooms or cars of the nation.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
• Republicans test the limits of their power
The picture of the House Republicans as radicals is far from the truth [...] say conservative commentators, and largely a smokescreen for the fact that the Democrats have not been able to come up with budget plans of their own. “They are not trying to get back to some kind of Ayn Randian utopia,” said Mike Franc of the Heritage Foundation. Mr Franc says the Republicans simply want to return government spending as a share of economic output to the levels it was before the financial crash, of around 20 per cent.
Monday, July 25, 2011
• • Ecuador’s leading newspaper in mute protest
As Ecuadoreans clustered around news kiosks on Friday to read the front pages of their daily papers, the only words El Universo offered its readers were by the author Ayn Rand: “When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed.”
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
• 20 questions: Sara Blakely
The Fountainhead |
[Q:] What is the best business book you have ever read? [A:] Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
• Tech backer flies high in the windy city
Profile of Lightbank co-founder, Brad Keywell.
Interests: planning Chicago Ideas Week; canyoneering; Ayn Rand; married with two children.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
• Hedge fund lessons on letting stars shine
Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater, a $90bn fund with 1,000 employees, is one of a few hedge fund titans to have written a theory of management. Called “Principles”, it reads like a curious mating of Ayn Rand and the Dalai Lama, with a dash of sharp-elbowed MBA.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011