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Saturday, April 27, 2013

• • A lack of appetite for this conservative 
Capitalism  | [Sen. Mike Lee’s] criticism of Paul’s libertarian wing was particularly colorful: “This vision of America conservatives seek is not an Ayn Rand novel. It’s a Norman Rockwell painting, or a Frank Capra movie.” But as a practical matter, Lee wasn’t offering anything much different from the Rand acolytes. He spoke of an end to “corporate welfare” — an admirable goal, but his targets were the same old villains such as Planned Parenthood and public broadcasting. He employed the usual straw-man characterization of liberals: “They attack free enterprise. . . . Elite progressives in Washington . . . believe in community organizers, self-anointed strangers, preferably ones with Ivy League degrees.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 ‘Silver Circle’: A libertarian love story where the bad guys work at the ... 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | Libertarians have proven to be enthusiastic supporters for underground political message films. They have willed not one but three parts of the “Atlas Shrugged” adaptation into existence; they helped turn last year’s tea party fever dream “2016: Obama’s America” from a one-screen vanity project to a nationwide sleeper success.

Friday, March 22, 2013

 The morality of capitalism 
Capitalism  | Leaving aside Ayn Rand and other extremists on both sides, the debate is not an existential one about capitalism. Instead, it’s a debate about two separate things: how much regulation capitalism needs in order to function, and how much the government ought to be involved in the distribution of resources. Both are issues of degree.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

• • Lessons from the budget bake-off 
Atlas Shrugged  | While philosophers have debated the question in broad terms for centuries, I’m happy to report that we can now definitively quantify the difference between a pinko communist dystopia in which the leviathan state crushes the very soul of freedom, and a neanderthal right-wing hellscape in which the poor, frail or otherwise unlucky fight for whatever crumbs John Galt cares to spill. It’s about 4 cents on the national dollar. That is, it’s the difference between a federal government that spends about 19 percent of gross domestic product and 23 percent of GDP in the year 2023.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

 CPAC: Conservatives’ group-therapy session 
Atlas Shrugged  | [T]he CPAC agenda could be described as a three-day group therapy session. Among the topics for discussion: “Lessons they have learned and we haven’t.” “What is a conservative foreign policy?” “Bringing tolerance out of the closet.” “Are you sick and tired of being called a racist?” “Has Atlas shrugged?’ “CSI Washington, D.C.: November 2012 autopsy.”

• • ‘Coolidge’ by Amity Shlaes 
One must search far and wide in the literature to find anywhere such a romanticization of the act of cutting federal outlays. This reveals itself in passages that would make even Paul Ryan blush, passages tinged with the stilted sort of eroticism one sees in Ayn Rand novels. “Together,” Shlaes writes, “the new president and his budget director [Herbert M. Lord] cut, and then cut again. . . . Even when he and Lord thought they could not cut more, they still cut.”

• • Is capitalism moral? 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |John Allison  | Arthur Brooks, the president of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, and John Allison, the successful banker installed last summer as head of the libertarian Cato Institute, have both recently published books laying out the moral case against the modern welfare state and for even-freer-market capitalism than we have now. [....] The seeds of this moral defense of free markets were planted by John Locke, Adam Smith and Ludwig von Mises, but they blossomed in America in the writing of the Russian emigre Ayn Rand, whose novels “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” are mandatory reading among right-leaning intellectuals and politicians. Where Rand once saw a world divided between “producers” and “moochers,” today’s conservatives see “makers” and “takers.” Where she warned of an America about to descend into totalitarian slavery, they warn of a slide into socialist egalitarianism, special-interest kleptocracy and innovation-snuffing political correctness.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

• • The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide and Define a Nation by Stephen Prothero 
Atlas Shrugged  | In “The American Bible,” Prothero has turned his considerable talents to assembling a version of the American canon: “Not the books I revere but those that Americans themselves have made sacred.” [....] Prothero quite correctly includes novels in his canon. And although I might have made different choices (No “Gatsby”? No Steinbeck?), his are entirely defensible. (The award for irony goes to the estate of Ayn Rand, which refused to allow the excerpting of “Atlas Shrugged,” a decision Prothero cleverly marks with a blank page.)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

• • An Ashley Judd candidacy? Women voters may be the key. 
Personal life  | Much has been made about whether conservative Kentucky voters would take to Judd, given a 2006 statement she made about why she doesn’t have children, stating “It’s unconscionable to breed, with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries.” I can’t help but note that Ayn Rand, the darling of many Republicans and conservatives, was not only childless, her writings imply that she had malevolent feelings about children and family. It’s hard to imagine Rand speaking lovingly about a “bonus niece” or family as Judd has. Her love of family and advocacy for equal opportunities for women and girls worldwide may mean more to voters than her detractors give her credit for.

Monday, February 11, 2013

 The F-word in the arts and on the marquee 
At the Public Theater in New York, frequent Woolly guest Mike Daisey finished a run of his monologue “F---ing F---ing F---ing Ayn Rand” in January.

• • Unspun: Del. Anne Kaiser 
The Fountainhead  |Individualism  | What’s a book that changed your life? When I was in high school, I loved [Ayn Rand’s] “The Fountainhead.” I didn’t really think about it philosophically then. I’m much more about collective action today.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

 FreedomWorks tea party group nearly falls apart in fight between old and new guard 
Atlas Shrugged  | [Dick] Stephenson has a passion for libertarian politics stretching back to the 1960s, when he attended seminars featuring “Atlas Shrugged” author Ayn Rand and economist Murray Rothbard, according to those who know him at FreedomWorks.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

• • A holiday gift guide for entrepreneurs 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  | To get them thinking ... [....] “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. “Stand tall and proud not just for working long hours, but for using your mind to create value where none existed before. Rand’s books are the must read for entrepreneurs: They provide a moral sanction for the producer, the thinker, the innovator, the artistic creator — those who dare to take the ‘first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision.’” — Rajshree Agarwal, academic director of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.

Monday, November 26, 2012

 The dream field for 2016 
[H]ere are some of the possible front-runners for the next election, according to a nightmare that I had after eating cheese too close to bedtime the rigorous methodology generally used to assemble such a list. These are my dream candidates, in the sense that they are sort of surreal and probably an indictment of my childhood. Republicans: [....] Ghost of Ayn Rand.

 ‘Twas the Night Before Voting 
‘Twas the Night Before Voting, and all through the land
Not a creature was stirring, not even Ayn Rand.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

• • An appeal to America’s heart 
Paul Ryan  | Those who expect Ryan to sound like Ayn Rand — an embarrassing past flirtation — got something very different. Ryan quoted Abraham Lincoln on social mobility — “an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life.” Ryan identified with his mentor Jack Kemp: “When he spoke of progress, he meant progress for everyone.” And without quoting him, Ryan embraced Pope John Paul II’s emphasis on the importance of healthy civic and religious institutions. It is a combination — Lincoln, Kemp and Catholic social thought — that must have set Rand a-spinning.

 Political Tweet Showdown 
Atlas Shrugged  | “I started training [Thursday] evening, working the speed bag, drinking six raw eggs and reading four chapters of ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ “ [says cartoonist Glenn] McCoy [...].

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

• • How the right wing lost in 2012 
Egoism  |Paul Ryan  |Syndicated  | If the Romney/Paul Ryan budget and tax ideas were so popular, why would the candidate and his sidekick, the one-time devotee of Ayn Rand, be investing so much energy in hiding the most important details of their plans? For that matter, why would Ryan feel obligated to forsake his love for Rand, the proud philosopher of “the virtue of selfishness” and the thinker he once said had inspired his public service? Romney knows that by substantial margins, the country favors raising taxes on the rich and opposes slashing many government programs, including Medicare and Social Security. Since Romney’s actual plan calls for cutting taxes on the rich, he has to disguise the fact.

Monday, November 19, 2012

 Sherrod Brown’s lessons for Obama 
Paul Ryan  | [Paul] Ryan, Brown said, has “dressed up trickle-down economics and wrapped it in an Ayn Rand novel.” The vice president, Brown added, should highlight the Republicans’ desire to privatize both Medicare and Social Security, reflected in Ryan’s own record and Republicans’ attempts to do so whenever they thought they had the votes. “It’s clear they want to go there,” Brown said.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

• • • Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 - Either-Or: New approach remains stuck 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |The Fountainhead movie  |Syndicated  | A movie review of "Atlas Shrugged: Part II," which continues the story of a feisty railroad executive (Samantha Mathis) hellbent on learning why clever people are vanishing. The sequel features a new director and cast but, alas, has the same hallowed text.