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Monday, November 08, 2010

• • Stop accepting progressive premises! Part 2 
Atlas Shrugged  | America, we must stop accepting progressive premises for as Ayn Rand rightly said, “In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win.”

Monday, October 11, 2010

• • I am a criminal 
Atlas Shrugged  | Ayn Rand (of “Atlas Shrugged” fame) wrote, “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” My husband and I have always been big proponents of individual rights. It’s why we refuse to surrender our children to the brainwashing in public schools. It’s why we try to live an independent and self-sufficient lifestyle in a rural location.

Monday, October 04, 2010

• • People don’t get rich by being dumb 
Atlas Shrugged  | In this week’s column, John Stossel explains in his typically blunt style that rich people, when taxed too much, simply choose to move away rather than surrender more of their money to government goons. It’s a simple case of Atlas Shrugged. “Progressives want to raise taxes on individuals who make more than $200,000 a year because they say it’s wrong for the rich to be ‘given’ more money,” he writes, then adds, “A tax cut is not a handout. It simply means government steals less. What progressives want to do is take money from some – by force – and spend it on others. It sounds less noble when plainly stated.”

Friday, September 10, 2010

 Crazy like a fox 
Capitalism  | Not for nothing did Ayn Rand call capitalism “the unknown ideal.” This ideal has not been practiced in the U.S. for a very long time. It is a fable that George W. Bush was an unfettered capitalist. “Laissez-faire capitalism,” explains economist George Reisman, “has a definite meaning, which is totally ignored, contradicted, and downright defiled” by the likes of the president and his predecessor.

Monday, July 26, 2010

 Now Christians set to attack tea partiers 

With recent attempts to portray tea-party members as racist backfiring, a renewed attack is being launched, warns the author of “The Tea Party Manifesto,” and this one is from progressive Christians who claim the movement lacks Christ-like charity. [....] “I think that the general ideology of the tea party is not a Christian one,” said David Gushee, co-founder of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good. “This kind of small-government libertarianism, small-taxes, leave-me-alone-to-live-my-life ideology has more in common with Ayn Rand than it does with the Bible.”

Saturday, July 24, 2010

• • • A symposium starring Aristotle and Ayn Rand 
Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Virtue of Selfishness  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Personal life  | Aristotle: As a conservative I accept the world as it is and distrust the politics of abstract reason, unlike the sophists, humanists and liberals whose empiricism views reason separate from experience. Despite her exceeding love of my ideas, I answer “yes” to the question – Is Ayn Rand’s radical atheism a terminal defect of Objectivism philosophy? Conservatism and capitalism aside, the major tenet of Objectivism philosophy effectively is the worship of selfishness and narcissism, which is antithetical to real conservatism and capitalism, which are rooted in the Republic, the free market, morality, assiduousness, veritas, virtue and God.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

 Dhimmis at Ground Zero? 
The Fountainhead  | The Twin Towers did not originate as pantheons of individualism and creativity. And their architect, Minoru Yamasaki, was no Howard Roark. The Towers were the urban-renewal scheme of the New York state legislature and the Port Authority. The dubious David Rockefeller was in on it too, fresh from Harvard and armed with a thesis on Fabian socialism and the counsel of pals such as spy-to-the-Soviets Alger Hiss.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

 ‘Is the real news dead?’ 

Ayn Rand Institute  |Yaron Brook  | WND managing editor and veteran newsman David Kupelian will be among the speakers at a two-day international conference next week on the future of the press, titled “Is The (Real) News Dead?” Organized by the American Freedom Alliance, the conference will be held June 13-14 at Pepperdine University at its Malibu, California, campus. [....] He will be joined by speakers including: [....] Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute and a regular contributor to Forbes.com.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

• • Land of moussaka, moochers and looters 
Atlas Shrugged  | Who are the Greeks rioting on the streets of Athens? [....] Honest men [they] are not. For "an honest man," wrote Ayn Rand in "Atlas Shrugged," "is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced." Moochers these Greeks are not, for the moocher "will claim your product by tears" and manipulation. The rioters on Greece's streets are the looters, "who take [your product] from you by force."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

• • Taxing atlas 
Atlas Shrugged  | What would happen if Atlas shrugged? What would happen if everyone quit being productive? It would simply create a vacuum the government would be happy to rush in and fill.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

• • • Who is Wesley Mouch? 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | Tomorrow, my Fox Business Network show about Ayn Rand's novel “Atlas Shrugged” will finally air. That should stop the e-mails like this one from Karen Cooper: "Oh for the love of God! 'Atlas Shrugged' explains about 99 percent of what's wrong in all of the arenas of topics: health care, education, climate change, unions, the economy, etc. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE cover 'Atlas.'" Cooper makes a good point. Even though Rand published "Atlas" in 1957, her descriptions of intrusive and bloated government read like today's news. The "Preservation of Livelihood Law" and "Equalization of Opportunity Law" could be Nancy Pelosi's or Harry Reid's work.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

 The most oppressed minority in America 
Atlas Shrugged  | Health-care legislation – in whatever grotesque form it ends up taking – will surely increase operating costs for small businesses across the board, starting with taxes and/or fines. And [...] a business cannot automatically pass along an increase in expenses to its customers. [...] Instead, they will find alternatives – often government-subsidized alternatives – or do without. Either way, the higher cost of doing business will cause small businesses to lay off employees, which will increase unemployment, increase jobless benefits and further depress the economy. And, of course, many small businesses will shut their doors – either through voluntarily or involuntary liquidation. Some of the more fortunate ones will go the Atlas Shrugged route and simply stop producing and walk away.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

 Enemies of the 1st Amendment 
Anthem  | [Some people] have bought into the belief that those who produce should somehow be in a position of thralldom to those who consume, whether it is a corner grocer or a conglomerate. This is a communistic view, of course, and is only one step away from a system in which the state evaluates aptitudes and assigns occupations, as well as redistributing resources, à la Ayn Rand's novella, "Anthem."

Friday, August 28, 2009

 Obamacare activists to crash D.C.‘s massive tea party? 
Ayn Rand Institute  | Several organizations have united to help organize the the National Taxpayer Protest's descent on the Capitol, including: Freedom Works, Grassfire/ResistNet, Tea Party Patriots, National Taxpayers Union, Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, Young Americans for Liberty, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, Our Country Deserves Better, Campaign for Liberty, Leadership Institute, Free Republic, Young America's Foundation, the National Association of Rural Land Owners and Smart Girl Politics.

Friday, July 17, 2009

 Patriots take fight for America directly to Capitol Hill 
Ayn Rand Institute  | Several organizations have united to help organize the tea party movement's descent on the Capitol, including: [...] Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights [...].

Friday, May 15, 2009

• • Life, liberty and property 
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal  |Capitalism  | Philosopher Ayn Rand [...] contended that rights are rooted in the very nature of man. They "are conditions of existence required by man's nature for his proper survival," she wrote in "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal." Of one thing there is no dispute: Whether one defers to reason or revelation for their justification – the natural rights of man remain inalienable. Rights are never lost – not when reason or religion is jettisoned. More often than not, however, rights are violated.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

 Rethinking free trade 
Capitalism  | I was first introduced to economics when given Milton Friedman's book, "Free to Choose," when I was still in junior high. By the time I graduated from high school, I had read Adam Smith, Paul Samuelson, Friedrich von Hayek, Ayn Rand, Peter Drucker and a number of authors whose works touched tangentially on economics.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

• • The dangers of overexposing yourself 
"Civilization," Ayn Rand said, "is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men." The disturbing trend in technologically-driven celebrity, in the making public of the previously private lives of thousands if not millions of ordinary people, is that of a regression back to that public, tribal existence.

Friday, October 31, 2008

 Jews against Judaism 
Jews [...] have always been among the most individualistic, original and entrepreneurial members of American society. Think of Ayn Rand, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard and Milton Friedman.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

 What Obama didn’t dispute in my book 
Atlas Shrugged  | The Obama campaign, in its 40-page "Unfit for Publication" commentary, alleged my book, "The Obama Nation," contains lies, but as I documented in a rebuttal published on WorldNetDaily on Sept. 7, there is no substance to the allegations. [....] I consider the following arguments from "Strangers in Strange Lands," the second chapter of "The Obama Nation," are now conceded as true by "Unfit for Publication": Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, was influenced by two radical teachers at Mercer High School – Val Foubert who taught English, but his texts were "cutting edge": "Atlas Shrugged," "The Organization Man," "The Hidden Persuaders," "1984;" and Jim Wichterman, who taught from "The Communist Manifesto."