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Friday, June 07, 2013

• • May Kickstarter Round-Up: Caveman Chow and Ayn Rand Games 
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BioShock  |Capitalism  | [In Face of Mankind: Fall of the Dominion] we can see that anarcho-captialist utopia that all the Rand fans want to see play out in real time rather than watching it as a story in BioShock. This will be the stuff of intertube legends, full of YouTube gold and online dickery the likes of which we have never seen.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

 Negative Utopia Gets All Self-Determinist Up In Here 
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Now, I’m pretty sure that what I just read is a smoke-screen for the oft-misinterpreted rantings of Ayn Rand, but I want to congratulate Negative Utopia. In the years I’ve been exploring band names it is very, very rare to find any kind of actual philosophy behind the names bands choose.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

 Gothic Council Legitimizes Gothic Porn as Art (NSFW) 
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The Fountainhead  | Our usual bathroom reading fair is Lovecraft, the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and our own Liisa Ladoucuer’s Encyclopedia Gothica.

Monday, January 16, 2012

• • • 5 Things the Right Doesn’t Understand About Atlas Shrugged 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Image  | Despite the fact that we lean pretty left, one of our favorite books of all time is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. We must’ve read it at least seven times, and we still find new and brilliant things in every single page. This tends to baffle our various right-wing and libertarian friends who swear that the book is the guiding light to true freedom. We have two answers to that. The first is that we are a firm believer in self-determination, that you should get up off your tuffet and get some work done if you want to leave a mark in the world, which is a major theme of the book. The other is that most people who say they adhere to the book’s principles don’t really understand it. They forget that...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

• • Ten Merit Badges Girl Scouts Will Earn in the Apocalyptic Future 
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BioShock  |Capitalism  | Silicon Valley tycoon Peter Thiel is planning on building a real life version of Rapture from Bioshock. Not because he’s a game fan with a ridiculous amount of money, but because he really thinks that an oceanic society dedicated to Randian ideals is a good idea. We give his project approximately three years before unregulated science markets murder mutant plasmids and they escape to the mainland.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

• • • 4 Brilliant Authors Who Are Also Douchebags 
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Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Image  | 4. Ayn Rand ​Why You Should Read Her: We literally read Atlas Shrugged four times back to back, and then immediately jumped into The Fountainhead. Rand challenges all conventional fiction with her superhuman characters and mind-bending philosophy. Her novels are examples of what man can be when he exerts his full mental power and has utter faith in himself.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

• • Greatfully Delicious 
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Atlas Shrugged  | I find myself wondering how fully I can encourage people to dine at a restaurant where the employees occasionally wear shirts with “Who Is John Galt?” emblazoned on them, and where the owner will sometimes trap you in conversations about the evils of the credit system and why he prefers that you use cash in his establishment. I don’t want to discuss Randian philosophy over my tacos, but perhaps others might revel in the odd atmosphere.

Friday, December 17, 2010

 Jason Woytek: Public servant accused of stealing dozens of MHMRA laptops 
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If you believe what Jason Woytek has written about himself on the Internet, you'd think he was a man of many and varied achievements: a man of God, a top salesman, budding author, an Eagle Scout and an elite former soldier. [....] According to a complaint filed by the DA’s office, the proud member of the South Texas Ayn Rand Society swiped no fewer than 67 laptops from the stockroom where he clerked at the Harris County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority and hocked them at area pawn shops.

Friday, May 14, 2010

 Rock and roll saved Steve Alford’s life - Here’s how 
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Interview with Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.
[Q:] Why a dissection of Paradise Theater, and not, say, The Grand Illusion or Kilroy Was Here? [A:] Wow, Kilroy. That's brutal, dude. That's like the album that Ayn Rand and her pool boy fucked to. I'd be a little scared to perform a dissection on it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

 Houston’s choice for mayor 
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The Fountainhead  | Let's reflect for a minute on just what we have here: A corporate lawyer, an architect and an accountant-type. Now, if you had Michael Clayton, Howard Roark from The Fountainhead and...and...and some heroic, dashing accountant, you'd have yourself a race. Instead you have three people who pretty much, at least in public — and that's all that counts, of course — fit the stereotype.