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Sunday, April 07, 2013

 Chapman or bust: University's campus has 22 bronze heads of leaders, philosophers and artists 
Abraham Lincoln sits in one corner of Chapman University’s sprawling campus. A few feet away, the Great Emancipator is flanked by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Cecil B. DeMille and Ella Fitzgerald. After a short walk, visitors find a smiling Ronald Reagan, as countless students cross his path. [....] The collection ranges from novelist Ayn Rand and philosopher Paulo Freire, to former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Holocaust survivor and activist Elie Wiesel.

Monday, February 04, 2013

• • Feb. 2 celebrity birthdays 

These people of the present and past were born on this date. [....] 1905 Ayn Rand, philosopher and novelist; died 1982.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

• • Chris Lucas: Work is an open book 

The Fountainhead  | Q. If you could be any character in a book, who would you be? Why? A. I'd want to be Howard Roark from "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. I don't think I have a single friend or mentor that enjoyed this novel, and many absolutely despised it. (They even have sensible reasons.) Even so, I loved it and I loved this man's struggle, his desire to create, and his steadfast nature in doing so.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

• • Editorial: Finding ‘freedom in an unfree world’ 

Ayn Rand Institute  |Capitalism  |Yaron Brook  | Events like FreedomFest are a reminder that there is a movement of liberty activists starting to build a mainstream presence with the ability to move elections. That was among the points made by speaker Yaron Brook, president of the Irvine-based Ayn Rand Institute and author of the new book “Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.” Mr. Brooks believes that the Tea Party movement the past few years is the foundation of a larger societal movement of individuals who understand that the challenges facing the country could, and should, be addressed with free-market reforms.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

• • Orange and Villa Park calendar June 7-14 
For the New Intellectual  |We The Living  | Chapman University is offering a new Ayn Rand Exhibit during the month of June, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Leatherby Libraries, 1 University Drive. The free exhibit commemorates the literary milestones of novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand and will include her manuscripts, two gallery talks by Jeff Britting, two film screenings of "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life" and "We the Living," and two post-screening discussions.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

• • Former Woodbridge student pens suspense novel 
Leonard Peikoff  | [Novelist Kira] Peikoff got a bit of a boost from a supportive father. She told him she had an idea for a book and hoped to get it out in 10 years. Her father, Leonard Peikoff, who lives in Irvine, told her she should do it now and arranged for her to take a year off to write. Leonard Peikoff, who writes non-fiction and is an expert on Ayn Rand, said he had seen the talent in his daughter from a young age.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

• • Why businesses bash business 
It is one of the most infuriating things I experience: businesses that sponsor total disrespect toward business. Ayn Rand called this “the sanction of the victim,” suggesting that these are good people who accept bad things said about them. I think they are not such good people (although, of course, in important ways they are). It is they, after all, who create all those valuable things I listed above. But in one serious respect, they are being vicious: They are undermining their own very valuable existence by fueling the fires of anti-business sentiment, not only for a worldwide audience, but in their own psyches.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

• • The ‘Atlas attack’ card 
Alan Greenspan  |Atlas Shrugged  |Paul Ryan  | I read, “Call it ‘Atlas snubbed’” [Business, July 17], and writer Al Lewis must be right. So he thinks if people the likes of conservatives, Tea Party followers, libertarians, Paul Ryan, Clarence Thomas, Alan Greenspan or Rush Limbaugh respect the writings of Ayn Rand, then her books must be bad. Lewis plays the “personal attack” card at its best implying that people cannot respect the writings of an author unless that author agrees with all of the reader’s personal views.

Monday, July 18, 2011

 Is charity religious? Important? 
Last week we offered an online poll with seven options to choose what sacrifice means to you. The majority of voters, 53%, chose Option 3: “The death of Jesus is the only sacrifice required for my atonement.” [....] The next largest group, 21 percent, chose Option 5: “I use my resources to support charity and justice, not organized religion.” [....] Mensarino said: “Option 5 ...#7 dodges the question and #6 [“What’s mine is mine, and I feel no obligation to share with those who are needy.”] is reserved for the likes of Ayn Rand and Gordon Gekko.”

Monday, May 09, 2011

• • • Tibor Machan: Ayn Rand, libertarians and the needy 
Capitalism  |Image  | A recent letter to the editor published in the Register, written by someone apparently eager to besmirch Ayn Rand – which many have tried, in vain – stated: “Rand’s libertarianism has an underlying philosophy that says, if you are not particularly smart, ambitious, disciplined or wealthy, and you become homeless, hungry, financially ruined and suffer from premature illness or death, then that is entirely your fault.” Neither Rand nor libertarians say any of this. What both do say is that, if you are in such a condition, you have no authority to deprive others of their resources.

Monday, April 25, 2011

• • • Statists have something to fear in ‘Atlas Shrugged’ movie 
Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged movie  |Ayn Rand Institute  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Individualism  |Image  | Rand’s fictional works are powerful not because they are flawless or without annoying features, but because they are based on simple truths that the public doesn’t usually hear. Haters of Rand’s philosophy find her ideas to be dangerous, which, indeed, they are to the cast of unseemly characters running our national and state governments.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

• • • Wealth the only cure for poverty 
Altruism  |Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | The movie Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, was released last weekend, and I asked many of my liberal friends who are unwilling to pour through the book to go see the movie. I hoped it would help them better understand Rand’s message and move them a little closer to a free-market way of thinking. Due partly to the mediocrity of the movie, and to Rand’s smack-between-the-eyes delivery, my hopes were dashed. How, then, to convey the essence of the message to the well-intentioned, but deluded, who accept today’s received wisdom that business and capitalism are evil? [....] Rand’s essential message is that capitalists and business people are the creators of wealth and prosperity, and when we cripple their enterprises and expropriate their property, everyone eventually suffers.

Friday, April 22, 2011

• • ‘Atlas Shrugged’ thumbs up and down 
Atlas Shrugged  | There are two novels that can change a bookish 14-year-old’s life: “The Lord of the Rings” and “Atlas Shrugged.” One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

• • ‘Atlas Shrugged’ thumbs up and down 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Capitalism  | Regarding the movie “Atlas Shrugged, Part One”: I was pleased to finally see a movie with some big business leaders presented more like heroes instead of the usual portrayal as villains. It actually showed them as vigorously pursuing profit, but attempting to achieve it by providing superior service and products instead of underhanded financial and political manipulation.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

• • • ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as relevant as ever 
Altruism  |Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Personal life  |Image  | “Atlas Shrugged,” we must remember, was a fiction that presented just two one-dimensional looks at life: Absolute freedom is the only good, and anything that hinders that freedom is evil. And, oh yeah, there is no God. Ayn Rand created a made-up world. In the real world, she refused to believe the government’s warning about cigarettes and ended up with lung cancer.

• • ‘Atlas Shrugged’ as relevant as ever 
Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | Ayn Rand’s perspective absolutely holds up today. A minority of people are crying out to be left alone. The majority want to be taken care of by the producers. The takers exceed the producers.

Monday, April 11, 2011

• • • 50 years of reading Ayn Rand 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Anthem  |Atlas Shrugged  |Night of January 16th  |The Fountainhead  |We The Living  |Individualism  |Personal life  |Image  | I was won over to Rand in part because I already held individualist views, having survived Soviet communism and a Nazi parent’s brutality. Such collectivist, communitarian regimes held out no attraction to me. Yet I lacked the education to figure out why a human individual should be acknowledged as the center of values, and Rand helped me figure this out. Right or wrong, I found Rand (whom I met in 1962 for a 30-minute private chat but who later banished me, too, from her group of close-knit students) sensible, passionate, a bit bellicose and all-around very insightful about nearly all aspects of philosophy. Then, three years after its publication, came “Atlas Shrugged.” I read it on a single day; that is how vivid and good a read it was and, judging by its phenomenal sales worldwide, still is.

• • • ‘Atlas Shrugged’ on screen still rings true 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Image  | While the literary polish of Rand’s 1,000-plus-page novel is unparalleled, the cinematic version of her philosophical peregrination that questions which society is preferable for mankind — one of rational self-interest or one meant to level all individual output — upholds her objectivist worldview and ought to stoke the debate about free society and the role of government. Not only is the film a winner for holding firm to Randian philosophy, it also brazenly and refreshingly brings a political perspective that is almost universally absent from the big screen; so much so in fact it could become a cult classic, especially among Tea Partiers and their admirers, not to mention hordes of libertarians.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

 Could Obama really be a socialist? 
My father was an avid champion of Hitler and a fierce anti-Semite, whereas I grew up to embrace libertarianism in politics and a refined version of Objectivism in my general philosophy. A great many folks I know don’t at all think as their parents did. In the case of Obama it seems his socialist grandmother had considerable influence on him (judging by his own testimony).

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

• • Count the jobs lost 
Atlas Shrugged  | For Economics 102, and what your taxing the wealthy can do, please read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.