Thursday, April 04, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
• • Silicon Valley investors seek to raise $27 million to fund Blueseed, a floating tech-world community
Atlas Shrugged |
Think of it as “Atlas Shrugged” meets “The Love Boat.” Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Max Marty and Dario Mutabdzija have had it with government regulations standing in the way of technological progress. Discouraged by strict visa regulations that limit the number of high-tech temporary workers allowed in the United States each year, the two men looked to the sea for a solution and in 2011 came up with the idea for a community they call Blueseed.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
• • Glenn Beck is ‘going Galt’: Right-wing TV host unveils blueprints for $2 billion utopian
“I want to show you what I want to leave future generations,” Beck said as he showed off blueprints for Independence, USA, the wholesome town that he estimated would cost $2 billion to build. Taking inspiration from Ayn Rand and Walt Disney, Beck said the new community would be fully self-sufficient and would include a media center, expo park, ranch and residential area, all of which would signal “the rebirth of our nation through its own principles.”
Sunday, January 06, 2013
• How the right lost its imagination
Paul Ryan |
Today’s GOP practices fiscal policy as conceived by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity: no new taxes, cut social programs, leave the rich alone and let the poor suffer in silence. [....] [This] is the politics of a small man named Grover Norquist, who essentially dominates the entire Republican Party with his anti-tax pledge. It is the politics of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who dreams of a small government run by and for rich white men who read Ayn Rand before falling asleep.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
• Republican Party, heal thyself
Paul Ryan |
What we need as a nation is simple. We need to see actual logic enter the political ring. We need battlers with eloquent grit and internal fortitude. A Republican fighter who can do more than buy the nomination, as shape-shifting Romney did; who can do more than build a vision on the eggshell-thin ideas of Ayn Rand, as pretty boy Paul Ryan did.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
• • In wake of Obamacare victory, the Romney camp is licking its wounds
Ayn Rand Center |
‘Supreme Court Supports Obamacare: American Freedom Strangled.' That was the headline of an Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights press release after the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act was announced. The Washington-based conservative group’s borderline hysterical statement could have been issued by any number of rightist organizations which, although still reeling from the severe — and unexpected — blow dealt to them by the court’s decision, rushed to send out all kinds of statements condemning it and vowing to keep fighting to repeal it.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
• Silicon Valley legend, PayPal founder Peter Thiel envisions floating cities off coast of California
The conceptual drawings of PayPal founder Peter Thiel’s vision look bogus and backwards - tall towers that could very well be part of Manhattan’s skyline constructed on floating “oil-rig-type platforms.” Millions of people reside there and answer to a government founded on Ayn Rand-inspired utopian and libertarian ideals.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
• Can the Smoker in Chief really lead America in health care reform?
As I approach my 10-year college reunion, it's clear that I missed a few classes that would have proved helpful. Those classes include "Leadership and Ethics" and "Ethical Theory," offered by the Program on Ethics and Public Life at my alma mater, Cornell University. See, I'm certain that at some point those classes would have covered the issue I've been grappling with recently, in which case I'd be able to tell you what Plato and Aristotle said about it. Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas, too. I bet you Hobbes and Locke have really super advice on this one. And you just know Ayn Rand would be all over it. [....] With President Obama making his final push for health care reform, I ask you to consider the following "If, Then" theorem: If our health is the President's business, then the President's health should be our business.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
• ‘BioShock 2’ proves to be simple run-of-the-mill sequel
Rapture is an extraordinary combination of art deco design, steam punk horror and failed Objectivist philosophy.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Monday, May 05, 2008
• Pacifica has a project of historic proportions
[Pacifica Radio Archives director Brian DeShazor] went through some 800 tapes from 1968 and selected 105, featuring key figures like King, James Baldwin, John Lennon, Huey Newton, Ayn Rand and Joan Baez. The result, spanning politics and culture, is the 1968 Revolution Rewind collection. Much of it is available free at www.pacificaradioarchives.com.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
•Back to the drawing board
On plans by the producers of reality TV series "The Bachelor" to feature architects in its next season.
There's an undeniable sexiness to the field that reels women in. Think of Gary Cooper as Harold Roark in Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead," an idealistic architect who refuses to compromise his principles and thus sweeps Patricia Neal's married Dominique Francon off her feet.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
• •Bryant Park’s lit list
Gossip columnist asks NY Fashion Week attendees what they're reading.
"The Princess Diaries" star Anne Hathaway: "'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand. It's beautiful. Someone asked me actually recently how I was enjoying it. And I said it's not so much that I'm enjoying it, but I feel like someone took the thoughts of my heart and put it down on the page and I'm discovering it. To say I'm enjoying it is an understatement - I'm really discovering parts of myself in the novel. It's really amazing."