Sunday, September 30, 2012
• • Why a conservative businessman is backing President Obama
I am a lifelong conservative Republican who grew up in a large, struggling family and had to do it all myself. I have been working since I was 9. I was deeply impressed by Ayn Rand and her Objectivism but, fortunately, learned of the selfishness and coldness of her philosophy and abandoned her extremism while continuing to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and self-reliance. However, as President Obama has said, I didn’t build anything all by myself. To ignore the infrastructure that supports us all is folly.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
• • Obama’s Case for Gay Marriage Shows That Invoking Faith Isn’t Just for Conservatives Any
Nearly all of the Republican congressional leaders are Catholic, and they have been made particularly uncomfortable by the resurgence of an active Catholic opposition on the left. Last year, the head of Catholics United approached Ryan with a Bible and asked him to spend more time reading the Book of Matthew than Ayn Rand, who Ryan has said inspired him to enter public service. Video cameras captured Ryan awkwardly speed-walking away from the proffered Bible and into a waiting SUV.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
• • Mexico’s middle class is becoming its majority
The Fountainhead |
“The middle class in this country doesn’t want to lose what it’s gained,” said Gabriel Paulin, 30, living in a mod condo in a new subdivision in Queretaro. On his coffee table: a Spanish-language copy of Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” — essential reading for the striving class — alongside a boxed DVD set of the “Mad Men” television series.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Resize Will the 2012 election be a contest of Whole Foods vs. Cracker Barrel shoppers?
In August, [Whole Foods’] Co-President Walter Robb joined dozens of other corporate chiefs in signing a pledge to abstain from political contributions until lawmakers "stop the partisan gridlock in Washington." But the libertarian views of iconoclastic Whole Foods founder and chief executive John Mackey, who swears by yoga and Ayn Rand, cast a long shadow.In August 2009, Mackey picked a fight with the left on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal, where he lambasted health-care reform and offered The Whole Foods Alternative to Obamacare.
Monday, November 14, 2011
• The values debate we’re not having
The “compassionate conservatism” espoused by President George W. Bush and many prominent evangelical leaders has been supplanted by a Tea Party ideology that bears more resemblance to the anti-Christian philosophy of Ayn Rand than it does to the Gospel.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
• • What’s in a name: What we missed
Do icons live up to the hype? That’s what Outlook asked last week in a special package of essays on key historical figures whose names have become commonly used adjectives. [....] Ayn Rand, who historian Jennifer Burns noted was more sensitive to criticism than the protagonists of her novels, had a few strident defenders. “Ayn Rand was a novelist and philosopher, yet Burns never in her book or in her latest article analyzes the tenets of Rand’s philosophy, but merely spreads kaffee-klatsch-level gossip about her,” one reader wrote. Another suggested that we “try to incorporate some factual ideas in her writing about Ayn Rand, instead of gossip from those who hate her.”
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
• • • Was Ayn Rand Randian?
Alan Greenspan |Atheism |Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |Capitalism |Individualism |Nathaniel Branden |Image |Syndicated |
Rand tried, but she couldn’t live up to Roark’s stoic disregard for the opinions of others. She retreated to the privacy of her Manhattan apartment, weeping daily and losing herself in endless games of solitaire. The philosopher of rationalism found herself swamped by emotions she could neither understand nor control. In desperation, she turned to Nathaniel Branden, the most loyal of her followers. Years before, flush with inspiration, she had taken Branden as a lover, disregarding both their marriages and the fact that she was 25 years his senior. Now Branden became her therapist, helping Rand pick through the wreckage of her ideals. Howard Roark wouldn’t feel like this, she moaned to him, nor would John Galt.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
• Fundamentalism springs eternal for GOP
The Family maintained a powerful sense of paternalism, the idea of “top men,” anointed by Jesus, deciding what’s best for rest of us. The so-called “teavangelicals” are stripping some of that away as they elevate Ayn Rand to apostle status; “Atlas Hugged,” as former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, a family man and potential Tea Party favorite before his famous flame-out, put it.
Monday, August 01, 2011
• Book review: ‘Flashback,’ by Dan Simmons
I enjoyed much of the novel. Simmons provides a strong narrative and well-imagined characters — the man can write — and yet I thought his dystopian vision of political reality, however deeply felt, vacillated between the improbable and the ridiculous. Give him this: With any luck, Simmons could be the Tolstoy of the tea party; at the very least, he’s more fun than Ayn Rand.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
• The GOP holds out for more on the debt standoff
Many of the Tea Party House freshmen clearly see their role as voting for their Ayn Rand fantasies and then going home.