Saturday, February 02, 2013
• Check out this year’s Oscar-nominated shorts
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’ ” is a five-minute gagfest with a so-so hit-to-miss ratio. Dropped off by Marge at the Ayn Rand School for Tots, Maggie tries to rescue a butterfly from the mallet of her malicious nemesis, uni-browed Baby Clarence.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
• • Our long national daydream
Caterpillar Corp. is one of many multinationals that have lately displayed the Ayn Rand values that trickled down in lieu of wealth when taxes were cut and tariffs eliminated and unions busted and businesses deregulated during and after the Reagan era. Last summer workers at its Joliet, Ill., plant struck for a pay hike. The New York Times reported that despite 2012 projections even rosier than Caterpillar's record $4.9 billion profit in 2011, "the company is insisting on a six-year wage freeze and a pension freeze for most of the 780 production workers at its factory here." Take that, you peasants!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
• • In libertarian wave, GOP sells its soul
Atheism |Capitalism |
In a May 27 commentary (“Republican Party finds its soul”), Jason Lewis claims that the only difference between libertarians and the rest of the Republican Party is their position toward war. On all other issues, he implies, they sing the same hymns. First, it is nice to know, as the headline suggests, that the lost soul of the Republican Party has been found. Political parties most of all need to have a soul. And the soul of the Republican Party now seems to be, according to Lewis, that “free-market capitalism is its own reward because it embraces the morality of freedom.” Ayn Rand, the atheist philosopher that Republicans love, said the same thing probably a thousand different ways, but according to Lewis, this is a recent event brought about by Ron Paul and his supporters.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
• Is it raining libertarians, or what?
Spencer's "true" liberalism of the future is what we today call libertarianism. It has come down to us through a variety of thinkers who followed Spencer's assumptions, including Ayn Rand, pioneering game theorists, many fundamentalist preachers like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, and secular free-market fundamentalists of the Chicago School of economics.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Sunday, August 28, 2011
• • Rash Report: Ron Paul finally gets noticed for being ignored
Atlas Shrugged |
On a freezing day in February 2008, just before the Republican presidential caucuses, those doing the “Minnesota hunch” between buildings at the University of Minnesota saw the question scrawled in sidewalk chalk: “Who is Ron Paul?” The rhetorical political question evoked “Who is John Galt?” -- the opening sentence of “Atlas Shrugged,” the Ayn Rand novel that’s an ideological and cultural compass point for many Republicans sharing Tea Party disdain for big government.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
• • Jason Lewis: He wrote as a fan, not as a critical thinker
Unfortunately, Lewis just reinforced stereotypes about objectivism, boiling it down to the same simple concept as always: Ruthlessness is good, provided you’re on the handle end of the hammer.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, August 29, 2010
• Reliable Rush dazzles the faithful
All three players were predictably virtuosic, particularly late in the evening on their 1975 sci-fi/metal/Objectivist classic “Overture,” from the “2112” album.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
• • Oscar-winner Patricia Neal dies at age 84; as well-known for her health battles as fine acting
The Fountainhead |
[Neal] had the female leads in the 1949 film version of Ayn Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead,” the classic 1951 science fiction film “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and Elia Kazan’s 1957 drama “A Face in the Crowd.” [....] Neal [...] suffered a nervous breakdown, and had an ill-fated affair with Gary Cooper, who starred with her in “The Fountainhead.”
Monday, March 29, 2010
•Games over, but strong ties endure
The Fountainhead |
It never ceases to amaze me how little Americans know about countries that mean so much to our economic and strategic survival. That certainly includes Canada. To paraphrase Ayn Rand, it's not that we think badly of our Canadian neighbors, it just that we don't think of them at all.