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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

• • Filmmaker Stacey K Black discusses her documentary 'Send My Mail to Nashville' 
[Black:] I am a "reacher," and I am drawn to others like me. I have a favorite quote by the author Ayn Rand, "The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me." That's the theme of Send My Mail To Nashville. Reach. Do. Go. Move. Reach, reach reach! Most of the subjects in my movie are up-and-comers. They're still following their dreams, HARD. It's amazing.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

• • • Try to justify doing anything but the right thing 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | I have maintained in my column that Rand was not as bad of a jerk as the Republicans make her out to be, indirectly, by adhering to principles that they kind of made up. I question the reading comprehension of some people who think that they have read and understood the long, tedious passages in Atlas Shrugged; when you read something as boring as that, you have to work at remaining focused on what the author keeps hammering home.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

• • Phyllis Schlafly: Bible's compassion mandate does not apply to immigrants 
Egoism  | [T]he dilemma is that so many Republican politicians are trying to pretend that [...] it's possible for them to indulge in the selfishness praised by Ayn Rand while still declaring themselves to be good Christians.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

• • • 5 loners who changed the course of history 
Atheism  |Personal life  | 2. Ayn Rand. The Russian-born Rand undoubtedly fit the qualification of a loner and introvert. While authoring essays on philosophy, logic and writing several books that continue to be some of the most popular in the world, had few friends, and drove away most that stayed long enough to know her.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

• • BioShock Infinite Review (Photos) 
BioShock  | [BioShock’s] dark atmosphere and narrative about an Objectivist utopia gone horribly wrong (because what else would you expect) was fantastic.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

• • Libertarian Meetup meets TANSTAAFL Pub 
The TANSTAAFL Pub was not named for any libertarian or Libertarian Party connection, but only for Robert Heinlein’s use of the acronym. [....] But now the [Tarrant County] libertarians have discovered it. They’ll be there on Wednesday, April 17, for Trivia Night, but also point out that unspecified “controlled substances” might attract DFW/NORML members and that writer/artist Ryan Sheffield from the minarchist/anarchist camp” will be giving away one of his Ayn Rand prints. So just as the pub has no direct connection to libertarians neither, necessarily, do conceptions like “minarchist/anarchist” and “Ayn Rand.”

Monday, April 15, 2013

 Four ridiculous facts about bitcoins we should be talking about 

The cryptographic, peer-to-peer software that makes the bitcoin possible is extremely sophisticated, maybe even visionary, but the identity of its programmer is a total mystery. In bitcoin lore, the code is attributed to a John Galt–esque figure by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto who supposedly lives in Japan, but virtually no one believes he's a real person, if for no other reason than he (she?) (they?) writes his work in perfect English, and never in Japanese.

Friday, April 12, 2013

• • Margaret Thatcher: Patriarchy in a Skirt 
Individualism  |Paul Ryan  | A Conservative and friend of former President Ronald Reagan, [Thatcher] was responsible, as was he, for beginning to unravel the social safety net in their countries She believed there is no “society” there are only individuals. Sound familiar? The Ayn Rand - Paul Ryan - Tea Party “rugged individualism” mantra that would have half the country living under a bridge, Social Security cut below a living wage and Medicare a voucher program that would buy nothing.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

• • Bestselling title January through March 2013 
Quote: A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

• • • Ayn Rand Institute holding Toronto event to talk ‘morality of capitalism’ 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individual Rights  |Yaron Brook  |Image  | The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) will hold an event at the University of Toronto in May to discuss how capitalism is the only moral economic system in the world. The talk will focus on why productivity and profit are "cardinal virtues."

Thursday, April 04, 2013

• • If Jesus were a registered Republican 
Altruism  |Egoism  | If Jesus were a registered Republican the banks would be the temples of worship. Selfishness really would be a virtue and not an Ayn Rand delusional fantasy. Sodom and Gommorah would be any Blue state but particularly California and Massachusetts. Love would be defined as letting the poor starve so that they could learn their moral lesson.

Monday, April 01, 2013

• • • Free Market Revolution 
Altruism  |Capitalism  |Don Watkins  |Egoism  |Yaron Brook  | “Free Market Revolution” by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins explains how big government got a foothold in the United States, how and why it continues to expand and how to stop it. It is subtitled, “How Ayn Rand’s ideas can end big government.” [....] Brook and Watkins make a great argument that selfishness and capitalism are morally superior to altruism and socialism. One point they miss is that there seems to be Biblical backing for their argument.

Monday, March 25, 2013

• • Why not an atheist church? 
Atheism  |The Fountainhead  | So the growing Atheist Church is faced with why, exactly, they are banding together. Are they looking for the meaning of life? Hey, you have your answer in Lennon’s song. Just define “living for today” and go out and do it. I have to say that going down this road will take you to an intersection with Ayn Rand and her followers, who harbor a huge resentment that their goods and income are being pirated by the government and handed over to “takers.” Pick out a day when you are off, have gotten up early and have plenty of coffee. Then turn to the big Roark speech in Atlas Shrugged and read it. Now, Rand’s idea of a speech is a hundred pages, so don’t blame yourself if you need the coffee; it’s tedious but her intention was to spell out, once and for all, her political manifesto. If you read that speech you can skip the soap opera in the rest of the book--you’ll have the essence.

Friday, March 22, 2013

 Help Boone’s Turtle Island Preserve stand against NC Code enforcers attack 
Atlas Shrugged  | Like a fulfilled prophecy of Ayn Rand's book Atlas Shrugged, Eustace Conway's Turtle Island Preserve near Boone, North Carolina has been closed by the government. According to the Watauga County code enforcers, the crime is the 1,000 acre Preserve violates building health and sanitary codes.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

• • • Atlas Snubbed 
Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Individualism  |Paul Ryan  | Representative Paul Ryan said in 2003, “I give out Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents, and I make all my interns read it. Well,... I try to make my interns read it.” Atlas Shrugged, for those lacking the patience to wade through its nearly 1,200 pages of dense prose and equally dense pseudo-philosophizing, is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus. Published in 1957, it contains Rand’s most extensive fictional statement of Objectivism, her philosophical justification of unbridled and unregulated capitalism.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

 Dorian Electra Interview: Libertarian at heart but not as a label 
[Q:] Besides F.A. Hayek are you familiar with Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party, Reason magazine, Ayn Rand, Voluntaryism... [A:] I’m familiar with everything you’ve listed. I tend not to pay too much attention to politics, to be honest. I admire Ron Paul for being principled and consistent, which is (unfortunately) rare for politicians.

• • Pam Geller is winning the billboard war 
Capitalism  | There is no way to legally prevent people from misusing public property in ways we would not allow on private property. It’s always struck me as incredibly hypocritical for a self-proclaimed Randian Objectivist to exploit public policy she is supposedly against, and to sue municipalities to secure those ill-gotten privileges, to achieve objectives she could never conceivably accomplish in the free market world libertarians and Objectivists advocate.

• • Did November happen? 
Paul Ryan  | Ryan is a radical social reformer, cut in the Ayn Rand mold who believes the wealthy and successful are the deserving members of society, all others can fend for themselves.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

• • Ryan’s new budget is the old budget with more smoke and mirrors 
Paul Ryan  | As with every Ryan budget, this document keeps faith with Ryan’s role model author Ayn Rand. The real objective is social engineering not deficit reduction. The budget will dismantle the safety net and shift the burden to the states and local governments in order to put more wealth in the pockets of the wealthy while hurting the poor and vulnerable.

• • Ryan’s new budget is the old budget with more smoke and mirrors 
Paul Ryan  | As with every Ryan budget, this document keeps faith with Ryan’s role model author Ayn Rand. The real objective is social engineering not deficit reduction. The budget will dismantle the safety net and shift the burden to the states and local governments in order to put more wealth in the pockets of the wealthy while hurting the poor and vulnerable.