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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

• • Best and Worst Movies Based on Books 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Video  | Atlas Shrugged (Bad)
Trapped in development purgatory for decades, Ayn Rand's fourth (and longest) novel finally made it to the big screen, albeit hastily, from director Paul Johansson in 2011. [Peter] Travers wrote, "Ayn Rand's monumental 1,168-page, 1957 novel gets the low-budget, no-talent treatment and sits there flapping on screen like a bludgeoned seal." Part II arrived quietly in 2012, and Part III is due next summer.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

• • Box Office Report: 'Taken 2' Defeats Newcomers 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Paul Ryan  | Atlas Shrugged: Part II [...] opened aggressively on 1,012 screens but still took in just an estimated $1.7 million, about the same as the first installment earned in April 2011 when it opened on just 299 screens. You'd think that this weekend, after Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan's vice presidential debate performance and with the election less than a month away, a movie based on Rand's magnum opus would be a big seller. However, it's just one of many political movies flailing in the marketplace.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

• • New and Hot Video: Joss Whedon Warns of Romney Zombie Apocalypse 
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Video  | Once the zombies come, Whedon says, our society will redefine the concept of who is rich. "Money is only so much paper to the undead," the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator says. "The one percent will no longer be the very rich, it will be the very fast. Anyone who can run, fight, make explosives out of household objects or especially do parkour of any kind, you'll want to stick with them. Unless they read Ayn Rand."

Saturday, November 03, 2012

• • Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview 
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Paul Ryan  | [Q:] Have you ever read Ayn Rand?

[A:] Sure.

[Q:] What do you think Paul Ryan's obsession with her work would mean if he were vice president?

[A:] Well, you’d have to ask Paul Ryan what that means to him. Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision. It’s not one that, I think, describes what’s best in America. Unfortunately, it does seem as if sometimes that vision of a “you’re on your own” society has consumed a big chunk of the Republican Party.

Of course, that’s not the Republican tradition. I made this point in the first debate. You look at Abraham Lincoln: He very much believed in self-sufficiency and self-reliance. He embodied it – that you work hard and you make it, that your efforts should take you as far as your dreams can take you. But he also understood that there’s some things we do better together. That we make investments in our infrastructure and railroads and canals and land-grant colleges and the National Academy of Sciences, because that provides us all with an opportunity to fulfill our potential, and we’ll all be better off as a consequence. He also had a sense of deep, profound empathy, a sense of the intrinsic worth of every individual, which led him to his opposition to slavery and ultimately to signing the Emancipation Proclamation. That view of life – as one in which we’re all connected, as opposed to all isolated and looking out only for ourselves – that’s a view that has made America great and allowed us to stitch together a sense of national identity out of all these different immigrant groups who have come here in waves throughout our history.

Monday, July 23, 2012

• • QA: Neil Peart On Rush's New LP and Being a 'Bleeding Heart Libertarian' 
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Rush  | [Q:] This is somewhat random, but you were interested in the writings of Ayn Rand decades ago. Do her words still speak to you? [A:] Oh, no. That was 40 years ago. But it was important to me at the time in a transition of finding myself and having faith that what I believed was worthwhile.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

 The Koch Brothers – Exposed! 
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Capitalism  | [Koch Brothers Exposed] recounts how the brothers have: [....] pumped millions of dollars into more than 150 colleges and university in exchange for control over hiring and curriculum decisions, to ensure students will be exposed to the free-market fundamentalism of Ayn Rand, Freidrich von Hayek and like minds.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 The Lucky One 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | [Taylor] Schilling, saddled with the albatross of having played Dagny Taggart in the mega-flop film version of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, tries hard to stir up some chemistry with her costar.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

• • Fashion Week Highlight: Survivalism With Rad Hourani 
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The Fountainhead  |Inaccurate  | “This is kind of a celebration,” designer Rad Hourani told Rolling Stone Tuesday night after presenting another dynamic collection. “Fall 2012. I’ve been doing this five years now, and it keeps getting better.” He offers Howard Roark, protagonist of Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead, as a compelling literary twin: “we both embraced the idea of Nothing and made it something.”

Sunday, April 17, 2011

• • Atlas Shrugged: Part I 
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Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | Ayn Rand’s monumental 1,168-page, 1957 novel gets the low-budget, no-talent treatment and sits there flapping on screen like a bludgeoned seal. It’s the first in a planned trilogy of films. Let’s hope the other two parts are quickly aborted.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

• • Mailbag: Foreclosure fixes, taxing the rich and Obama as a Randian 
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[Will Genge:] It almost seems now as if Obama is your cookie-cutter Randian, a more striking example than even Greenspan, whose campaign lies and subsequent administrational decisions portray him as almost a Machiavellian Randian, whose sole purpose was to rise to the global elite, message some shoulders, and cement his position. His golf, vacations, aloofness, obfuscations, and blatant pandering fit the mold nicely (and disappointingly). Did he simply fool everyone?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

 On ESPN and “replaceable” people 
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Almost everyone who has a job is economically “replaceable,” but [...] outside an Ayn Rand novel, there’s more to it than that. Does it make economic sense to fire the auto worker who mangles his hand in the factory machinery and bring in a younger guy with all his fingers?

Monday, April 27, 2009

 Teabagging by the bay 
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Capitalism  |Going Galt  | There were the Ayn Rand acolytes who inveighed against the evils of altruism and the joys of “Going Galt.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

 Cold new world 
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The Fountainhead  | On rock band Cold War Kids.
[Band member Nathan] Willett says his biggest inspirations came from the philosophies of two radically different thinkers: The Fountainhead author Ayn Rand and her theories of individualism, and California-born idealist Josiah Royce, who taught at Harvard and Berkeley in the late 19th century. The latter expounded on the necessity for humans to remain loyal to one another.