Monday, April 01, 2013
• • GOP love to play games
[The GOP] game plan was to do nothing and allow the sequestration to create a deeper desperation in this country. It's a dream come true for tea party-Ayn Rand followers — the chance to justify their claims that government doesn't work and they want self-rule. And the American public will again pay the price so that the 1 percent can claim the spoils in their transfer of wealth.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
• • • ‘Atlas’ column lacks intellectual heft
Atlas Shrugged |
The title on your Sunday opinion page (“Atlas Shrugged: Evil Alive”) drew my attention immediately. While I was not surprised to read Stephen Goldstein’s name on the byline, I was disappointed with the lack of intellectual vigor. I gave him more credit. To compare John Galt to the U.S Congress is laughable. Galt and his band of producers faced with tyranny and confiscation of property decide to go on a labor strike, “a strike of the mind.” If intellect is not the foundation for innovation and production, then the strikers will not be missed and production will continue uninterrupted – or will it? Congress produces nothing.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
• • • Stephen Goldstein: “Atlas Shrugged” evil alive and well
Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism |Paul Ryan |Rand Paul |
John Galt, the evil genius of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” is “alive and well” roaming the halls of Congress. A figment of Rand’s imagination, Galt continues to do serious damage through any number of assorted tea party/GOP extremists, like Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Rep. Eric Cantor. If, like most Americans, you’ve asked yourself how and why a radical minority of the GOP has refused to do business with the president, Democrats, and even members of their own party, no matter how dire the potential consequences for the country, the answer is simple: As latter-day John Galts, they are living out the plot of a work of fiction.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
• Patrick O'Connor: Show business fixture dies of pneumonia at 87
After careers in theater and TV, he spent more than 50 years working for more than a half-dozen publishing houses, including Pinnacle Books, New American Library and Warner Books. His authors included Ayn Rand and Andrew M. Greeley.
Friday, September 07, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
• • Does it take a village, or are we on our own?
A man who considers himself a good Christian should be taking his advice from Hillary, not Ayn Rand.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
• Florida knows all about the 1 percent
In the post-Ayn Rand-Milton Friedman-supply-side-free-market-foolery-everyone-else-be-damned era of unbridled greed, none of the shocking details I’m about to tell you is supposed to matter. We’re told to sit back and put our abiding faith in the mystical magic of markets to solve our economic and social problems.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
• • Stephen Goldstein: Mean-spirited Republican agenda polarizes America
Atheism |Egoism |
Racist, militaristic, theocratic, anti-immigrant, homophobic, anti-woman, anti-intellectual, greedy, anti-consumer, pro-gun — these 10 sorry, regressive, mean-spirited adjectives best brand the elements of the tea party/GOP's benighted platform. [....] Elect a Republican president and give his party control of one or both houses of Congress and you’ll endure their real agenda and a country no one — not even right-wing extremists — would want to live in. Consider the details and implications of “the 10,” individually and collectively — and recoil in horror. [....] 8. Greedy: The real Republican bible is “Atlas Shrugged,” atheist Ayn Rand’s justification for unbridled selfishness.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
• Stephen L. Goldstein: Why modern conservatives are way off base
Experiments at McGill University and the University of Chicago suggest that rats have empathy for each other. Perhaps they could supply the missing gene for tea party/GOP with conservatitis. Science has also proven that the neurochemical oxytocin makes people trustworthy and moral. So, it could be the basis for a vaccine to treat symptoms of conservatitis. For others, substituting Judeo-Christian teachings for the Godless rants of Ayn Rand may suffice.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
• • We the people: Sharing financial ideas with Congress
Atlas Shrugged |
The word on Red Street is that Ron Paul, our libertarian father, is already visiting Goodwill for picking out new dinge-colored drapes for the Oval Office. Later, as he takes the presidential oath of office, he will place his hand on a copy of “Atlas Shrugged.” We should anticipate a new federal holiday honoring Ayn Rand.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
• • The Heavy Pets carry that weight
Atlas Shrugged |
When I interviewed the band for the release of The Heavy Pets, Lloyd made sure to mention how much more attention the band had been paying to vocal harmonies, a fact that paid off by Friday night’s show, which featured great harmonies between Garulli and Lloyd, particularly on the medley of Ayn Rand-celebrating tunes, “Song for John” and “John Galt.”
Monday, June 27, 2011
• Smaller government is not the answer
When I lived in Michigan, there was a morning radio show that began each day with a child’s voice saying “I love my country, but I fear my government.” This reflected the libertarianism/objectivism popularized by President Reagan in the 80s with his “Starve the beast” approach to running the country. Long before Reagan, when I was still in college, this sort of thinking was labeled nihilist or anarchist. Today, these people may wrap themselves in the American flag and call themselves tea partiers or libertarians, but they are all merely the intellectual descendants of misbegotten anti-government bomb-throwers of the 1920s and 30s.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
• Local book news
[The Literary Feast] has become a nationally known event since it began 22 years ago. Authors this year include Russell Banks, "The Reserve"; R.B. Bernstein, "The Founding Fathers Reconsidered"; Deborah Crombie, "Necessary as Blood"; Joy Fielding, "The Wild Zone"; Anne C. Heller, "Ayn Rand and the World She Made" [....] and L. Jon Wertheim, "Strokes of Genius".
Sunday, March 15, 2009
• Highland Beach issue all about class envy
Letter to the editor.
For years, liberal local officials have denied building projects using the "environmental" card. Private citizens have been denied property rights to "protect the midget mouse." Of course, the real purpose was to jealously keep private property from being developed and instead force the owners to keep it as "open space." [....] There are lots of public beaches for all to enjoy, and before you go, pick up an Ayn Rand book to read while you are there.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
• Gaming is serious business
The video game BioShock, which has story lines revolving around a failed utopia, has been likened to the novels by social critic Ayn Rand.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Sunday, December 09, 2007
• • Letter writer misreads Ayn Rand’s message
Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |
Letter to the editor.
The writer of the Nov. 28 letter, "Winning at any price is the creed," who referred to Ayn Rand's "theories of greed and selfishness," obviously has never read Ayn Rand for himself, or if he did, he failed to understand a single word. Ayn Rand's two greatest works, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, are about hard work, integrity, intellectual honesty, overcoming obstacles and the inherent right to the fruits of one's own ideas. She writes in the most minute detail, intentionally leaving no wiggle-room for erroneous interpretation.