Wednesday, February 06, 2013
• The Pro Life Movement at a Crossroads
The [Republican] Party elders were willing to put up with the pro-lifers when it seemed they could deliver elections by persuading large segments of the white working class to vote against their economic interests in the name of social values. But a leadership obsessed with Randian economics will not long tolerate a movement that brings discredit and defeat to its side.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
• As Public Makes ‘Hard Choices’ on Social Security, Alan Simpson Ducks His “Moment of Truth”
The Fountainhead |
The rich CEOs of "Fix the Debt," another [Pete] Peterson shell organization, [....] created a deficit-reduction "game" called "Budgetball," which we preferred to describe as The Fountainhead meets Deathrace 2000.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
• • Republican Freethought
[Robert G. Ingersoll] identified with the tradition of freethought that included Paine’s “Age of Reason,” not with that of the social Darwinists of the 19th century, whose thinking, observes [Susan] Jacoby, “continues through the ‘objectivism’ and exaltation of the Übermensch preached by the twentieth-century atheist and unregulated market idolator Ayn Rand.”
Saturday, January 26, 2013
• • Abortion Rights Are Pro-life
Individual Rights |Objectivist author |
That tiny growth, that mass of protoplasm, exists as a part of a woman's body. It is not an independently existing, biologically formed organism, let alone a person. That which lives within the body of another can claim no right against its host. Rights belong only to individuals, not to collectives or to parts of an individual. ("Independent" does not mean self-supporting -- a child who depends on its parents for food, shelter, and clothing, has rights because it is an actual, separate human being.)
"Rights," in Ayn Rand's words, "do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born."
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
• New Year’s Resolutions for Television in 2013
Atlas Shrugged |
With a new year comes a blank slate. That's the beauty of New Year's resolutions -- sure, I probably won't follow through on my vow to exercise five days a week, or to finally read Atlas Shrugged, or to stop counting Nutella as my daily serving of vegetables (hazelnuts grow from trees, okay?) but for those first few weeks of 2013, anything is possible.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Thursday, December 20, 2012
• • • US Army Officer and Marxist Chris Helali on Buddhism, Marx and the Democratic Left
The Fountainhead |Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism |
[Q:] I want to ask about this term “ethical egoism” that you mentioned. In particular, how do you conceive the relationship between ethical egoism and the kind of economic system that we have today?
[Christopher Helali:] I think that the perfect example is at the beginning of The Fountainhead, one of Ayn Rand’s seminal works. There’s a scene in which a young man, an aspiring architect, goes against the architectural establishment in his school. He basically says that he, himself, will redefine architecture, and the principal, the leader of the school, says something to the effect of, “You can’t do that. Architecture is a group project, created when people come together. Architecture doesn’t happen with one person.” But the young man is adamant that he, himself, will create architecture for himself. Ayn Rand was very loose in how she understood morals and ethics. In the society she envisions, individuals make themselves. It’s the individual who propels him- or herself forward. The problem is that individuals do not exist on their own. It’s a fallacy; it’s an illusion.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
• Katherine Patke: '30 Rock' Recap: Liz Lemon Tied The Knot
The Fountainhead |
A few disjointed thoughts and decontextualized highlights from the episode: [....] Jack's reading choice for the wedding: Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead"
Sunday, December 09, 2012
• '30 Rock': Liz Lemon Gets Married In A TV Wedding To Remember (VIDEO)
The Fountainhead |
Yes, Liz Lemon got married as Princess Leia. And why not? Her ex-boyfriend was there, with his ditzy wife taking pictures, while Jack read from The Fountainhead.
• GOP Wants Disabled People To Stop Being Such Takers
Atlas Shrugged |
Senate Republicans defeated ratification of a treaty urging nations to grant disabled people the same rights as non-disabled people because... um... er... uh... John Galt?
• The End of Conspiracy Theories for a While?
The debates produced a few new conspiracy theories involving the debate moderators: one that Jim Lehrer slept through his assignment and allowed Romney to run roughshod over the president; another that Martha Radatz had some nerve to bet at least as well prepared and knowledgeable as Biden, and especially Ryan, who could not quite get away with his Randian turns on the Truth; and finally that Candy Crowley was a secret member of team Obama when she backed up the president's transcript quote about "acts of terror" the day after Benghazi. And yet the media and the moderators survived the debates better than the candidates.
Friday, December 07, 2012
Monday, December 03, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012