Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
• • An Appreciation: Nora Ephron was like a super-cool aunt
Atlas Shrugged |
“Atlas Shrugged,” [Ephron] says in [her] story about Rand, is a book that cannot be put down so it probably should not be picked up.
Monday, April 30, 2012
• Romney's gamble on conservatism
Even though both candidates in this year’s presidential election were once described as moderates, this will be as polarized a battle as we’ve ever seen: between a minimum-government conservative who sounds increasingly like Ayn Rand and a newly unreconstructed liberal who sounds increasingly like Rachel Maddow.
• The Siren's Call: Where's Rimbaud?
[Jamie James:] [M]ost historical fiction about artists sinks to the titillating sentimentality of “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” with Michelangelo as a blustering Ayn Rand hero.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
• • Book review: 'Lives of the Novelists' by John Sutherland
Every entry in “Lives of the Novelists” is written by just one person, British critic John Sutherland, so the book has an internal continuity that makes it read like history, not an encyclopedia. And Sutherland’s writing is just plain delightful. [....] Ian Fleming started out as a dismally bad stockbroker until “lucky for him, and unluckily for the world, war broke out and he was promptly recruited into naval intelligence.” And there’s this one-two punch: “If there were an award for the most influential bad novelist in literary history, Ayn Rand would be a contender. A woman of ferocious competitive instinct, she would be furious if she did not also win that award.”
Friday, March 23, 2012
• • Don’t close the GOP show
On Tuesday night in Illinois, Romney sounded like Ayn Rand. He boiled his campaign down to two words: “economic freedom.”
Monday, March 19, 2012
• Jon Fleischman’s FlashReport is little-read but much-feared
Nothing in Fleischman’s upbringing suggested he would grow into an Ayn Rand-quoting Ronald Reagan partisan. He was raised in Palms on the Westside of Los Angeles by parents whose politics were liberal to moderate. A turning point came in his teens, when he worked at a Mondale for President phone bank and became disgusted at what he recalled as his fellow volunteers’ obliviousness to the Soviet threat. He joined campus conservatives at Santa Monica College and got his entree into professional politics in 1988 as a part-time staff member on the reelection campaign of L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. That led to a decade of work for Republican politicians and causes, followed by his two-year stint as director of the state party.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
• Tony Blankley, press secretary to Speaker Gingrich, dies at 63
[Blankley’s] political views were shaped by the writing of Ayn Rand and conservatives Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
• What’s for the tea party not to like in Romney?
If nothing else, you in the tea party movement have spent the last three years teaching Americans that we are in a battle for the very soul of capitalism. And here comes Romney, the soul of American capitalism in the flesh. Look back over his career as a predator drone at Bain Capital: Isn’t it the exact sort of background you always insist politicians ought to have as you wave your copy of “Atlas Shrugged” in the air?
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
• • ‘The Declaration’
“If it is ever proper for men to kneel, we should kneel when we read the Declaration of Independence…the greatest document in human history…” — Ayn Rand.
• • Clarence Thomas doesn’t mind being the odd man out
The Fountainhead |The Fountainhead movie |Syndicated |
Each summer, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas invites his four new law clerks to his home to watch a movie. Not just any movie, but the 1949 film version of the classic of libertarian conservatism, Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.” The movie’s hero, played by Gary Cooper, is an idealistic but stubborn architect, who, as Rand wrote, “stood alone against the men of his time.” A character, it might be said, a lot like Thomas himself. “If you think you are right, there is nothing wrong with being the only one,” he said last year in explaining his fondness for the movie. “I have no problem being the only one.”
Monday, May 23, 2011
• • America the stony-hearted
Liberals have come to see the emphasis on the individual and self-reliance as a form of civic irresponsibility and selfishness — a way to justify rogue economic behavior and enrichment at the expense of the community. It was, incidentally, a charge adherents of the novelist Ayn Rand gladly invited because they believe selfishness is a tough, exalted form of morality. Thus were the moral sides drawn: soft-headed versus tough-minded, big-hearted versus stony-hearted.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011