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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

• • Elections, pop culture and the future of Hawaii democracy: An exclusive interview with D.M.J Aurini 
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[D.M.J Aurini:] Some people say Ayn Rand wrote cartoony villains; the Internet is showing us that she saw into the liberal soul.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

 Greece on Strike 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | To a great many of the youth, dressed in their finest fashion and sporting high-tech computers, motorcycles, and cameras, the villain is “capitalism” and the solution is just getting the correct person at the helm of government. They hate the corrupt system, but have no notion of what should replace it. Indeed, “Who is John Galt?”

Sunday, April 24, 2011

• • Donald Horner and his committees; legislature in final days 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | Saw Part 1 of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” over the weekend. Just like reading today’s political headlines. It was good, but not great. Read or re-read the classic book.

Monday, April 18, 2011

• • Obama: I was born in Hawaii; Hawaii 5-0 booked! ‘Who is John Galt answered’ in Hawaii? 

Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Personal life  | Hawaii residents who haven’t read the famous world changing novel, Atlas Shrugged, may finally get the answer to “Who is John Galt?” That is if they see the movie Atlas Shrugged: Part 1, which opens in theaters across the country today, including Hawaii.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

• • Atlas Shrugged on Tax Day 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | On April 15, Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, “Atlas Shrugged,” will be shown at local theatres. Rand has recently enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity. Capitalism and free-markets are, it seems, constantly under seige. Government has grown larger than ever. And individualism is often mocked as outdated, immoral, and destructive. Atlas Shrugged depicts a world not unlike our own in which production is maligned and moochers are enabled.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

• • Scenes from the Honolulu 2010 Tea Party tax day protest rally 
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Atlas Shrugged  | Lot of Charles Djou T-shirts, Republican politicians, a blue and red Reagan T-shirt with the slogan “Right” mocking the Obama “Hope” poster. But also libertarians and objectivists (a black “Who is John Galt” sign, a speaker quoting from “Atlas Shrugged”) and Constitutionalists.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

 First AIG’s bonuses, then yours 
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Capitalism  | It didn't take long for liberals to come up with their preferred solution to political outrage over $165 million in bonuses passed out by insurance giant AIG: Tax the bonuses at a new top rate of 100%. [....] All of this reads as if yanked from an Ayn Rand novel.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 Hawaii small business advocate leaves U.S. Small Business Administration 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | We need to continue to be vigilant to ensure that policymakers understand the importance of small business to the economy and continue to hold out hope that we go more in the direction of creating a Galt’s Gulch (from Atlas Shrugged) rather than the opposite.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

• • At moment of truth, where was Dagny Taggart? 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | The front page of the October 15, 2008, Wall Street Journal carries a story titled "At Moment of Truth, U.S. Forced Big Bankers to Blink." In the quarter-century I've been reading the Journal, I've never read a news story that was more disturbing. The article describes the Monday, October 13 meeting between government regulators and top executives from nine of the nation's largest banks. [....] Missing from this meeting was someone willing to play the role of Dagny Taggart, Ayn Rand's heroine in Atlas Shrugged, who saw government incompetence, corruption, and moral bankruptcy all around her and vowed not to join other businesses in capitulating to it.

Monday, October 06, 2008

 Welcome to The Socialist Union of Ameri-EU 
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Atlas Shrugged  | One day, the producers of society will revolt, and tell the whiners where to get off. When they do, all Hell is going to break loose and chaos will ensue. [....] One author, Ayn Rand, saw into the future and wrote of it 51 years ago (1957) in the novel, “Atlas Shrugged”.

Friday, May 02, 2008

• • • In defence of humanity 
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The Fountainhead  | Student essay on The Fountainhead.
Howard Roark is a man who, against all the trials of his society, lives and fights only for himself and his rights to exist as an individual, and in doing so shows the reader the personal imperative to truly live, on pain of losing one’s humanity. The Fountainhead is a testament to the potential of man, of the tenuous strength of man’s attempts to assert his potential, and of the necessity of man to continue to be himself in his own life in defence of his very Self.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

• • • A cameo for the Maestro? 
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Atlas Shrugged  | "Atlas Shrugged," a favorite among libertarians and their ilk, has faced many obstacles in being turned into celluloid, not least of which is the political message, which exalts the primacy of the individual. That's a big contrast with the It-Takes-a-Village crowd that predominates in Hollywood. But the film will certainly not lack for powerful fans. Alan Greenspan, the retired head of the Federal Reserve, in his youth was a member of Rand's inner circle for some 20 years and was one of the few people allowed to read drafts of “Atlas Shrugged” while it was being written.

Monday, January 01, 2007

• • •A sense of life 
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Oh big deal. She inspired a bunch of people. Great. She didn’t suffer or anything.” I was shocked to hear that statement as we discussed the documentary, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life. Knowing my companion hadn’t read any of Rand’s books, perhaps I should have simply accepted what she had said, but that statement flagrantly disregards the essence of Ayn Rand’s work. This sentiment is exactly what Rand fought her entire life.

Friday, December 15, 2006

5 books by local authors that make great gifts this holiday season 

You probably know of John Galt in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Here is a different "JG" in Ken Schoolland's story, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Racism is evil 
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Racism has been manifested in Hawaii by advocates of collectivist rights and they are guilty of causing civil disorder. To quote from Ayn Rand, “[r]acism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage….[It] negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

• •Conservative intellectual confusion 
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For centuries conservatives have denied the contradiction between altruism and capitalism. In 1960 Ayn Rand gave a lecture at Princeton University on this topic titled: Conservatism: An Obituary.

Monday, August 22, 2005

• •The popular front mind 
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Review of Unholy Alliance, by David Horowitz.
This hostility to America goes back many decades. In Ayn Rand’s collection of essays Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, there is an essay of hers written in 1965 “The Obliteration of Capitalism.” In this essay Rand quotes from a New York Times article from July 1964 written by C. L. Sulzberger “Should the Old Labels Be Changed?” Sulzberger’s article is about an United States Information Agency survey on why they don’t like us, “Having analyzed conclusions of its poll-takers in both hemispheres, the U.S.I.A. study observes: ‘Capitalism is evil. The United States is the leading capitalist country. Therefore, the United States is evil.’” There it is wrapped up in a neat syllogism over forty years ago.