Friday, March 01, 2013
• • Morality and the libertarian non-aggression principle
Reason-based libertarians might accept this basic (i.e., “lay simple”) understanding of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy. Human morality requires being “human.” Being “human” means being alive; otherwise you’re just rotting meat. Hence, human morality means that which tends to promote human life is moral; anything tending to degrade or destroy human life is immoral.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
• • 'Twilight', Adam Sandler & Rihanna take home honors at 33rd annual Razzie awards
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In terms of certain nominees like The Oogieloves, it’s a dishonor just to be nominated. The colorful, children’s picture had the distinction of having the worst opening-day box office ticket sales in recorded history for a wide release film. Similar disdain was awarded to Atlas Shrugged: Part II (now renamed Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike on video), which made a failed attempt to reboot its franchise with an entirely new cast and crew after its predecessor bombed at the box office.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
• • When your child begins reading on her own
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I don't know what my father would have told me about Ayn Rand when I read Atlas Shrugged in college--because I didn't mention to him that I was reading it and I didn't consider it controversial. But I didn't need him to evaluate it and figure out that Rand doesn't have much to say that is "addressed to my condition." In other words, I found her pretentious, tedious and self-absorbed, and I didn't need my father to point that out.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
• • Super Corporate Heroes: not so much what you were expecting
In the first issue a hero negotiates with a man hanging from the ledge of a building that is ablaze over payment in full before rescuing him. In another exchange in issue #3 between a man about to get mugged and a Corporate Superhero the intended victim realizes that paying to be saved would cost him $175.00, while if he gets mugged, the crook will only take what’s in his wallet, which is $80.00, so he chooses to be robbed. This then is the Ayn Randian world in which these people live; nobody rides for free, everyone must pay their own way or suffer to their own fate.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
• • Unrated Oscar-nominated animation shorts safe for the whole family, despite MPAA
[In “The Longest Daycare”] Maggie Simpson [is] dragged off to the Ayn Rand School for Tots, where their motto is, “Your freedom assured by our probing.”
• • C. S. Lewis questioned evolution
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“A code of values [that one accepts by choice] is a code of morality.” So Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged) would say. But decades earlier, C. S. Lewis knew that evolution could not account for morality. The same accidents that produced moral values, would produce the immoral “anti-values” by which a thief or a murderer would act. And who could say that one was right and the other wrong? (Thus the thief or murderer is often the most honest, or straightforward, moral agent. Lewis never said so, but no evolutionist will admit that.)
Monday, February 11, 2013
• • • Ayn Rand’s speech on Americas persecuted minority
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The following quote is from a lecture Ayn Rand gave at The Ford Hall Forum, Boston on December 17, 1961.
“If a small group of men were always regarded as guilty, in any clash with any other group, regardless of the issues or circumstances involved, would you call it persecution? If this group were always made to pay for the sins, errors or failures of any other group, would you call that persecution?... If this group were penalized, not for its faults but for its virtues, not for its incompetence but for its ability, not for its failures but for its achievements, and the greater the achievement the greater the penalty---would you call that persecution?
If your answer is “yes”---then ask yourself what sort of monstrous injustice you are condoning, supporting or perpetrating. That group is the American businessmen.”
In 1961, businessmen were not persecuted nearly as much as they are today. In 1961, a president had not yet said of businessmen’s accomplishments, “You didn’t build that.”
Saturday, February 02, 2013
• • Squatting, Nine-Tenths of the Law, and Hannah Dobbz
Dobbz’s writing is personal, she speaks about how people who are foreclosed on become dehumanized by the banks and society. Having personally experienced foreclosure recently, I too noticed how some people’s reactions were on par with the Ayn Rand mentality of responses such as, “You should have paid your bills.”
Sunday, January 27, 2013
• • Les Miserables as a veiled parable of America 2012
In the end one can only know God through loving others and it is in doing so that Jean Valjean finds absolution and his sins are forgiven. What Les Miserables considers virtues, Ayn Rand, the philosophical guide for modern Conservatives, would consider weakness. In America this is the fundamental ideological battle of our politics. Class Warfare confronts each of us every day with a set of moral choices and the resolution of this conflict will determine if America finds absolution or dissolution in the coming years.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
• 'Bioshock: Ultimate Rapture Edition' coming January 14
Although there is no relation between the games of "Ultimate Rapture Edition" and the much anticipated "Bioshock: Infinite" the games are still incredibly fun to play. In addition, the games give a unique interpretation of Objectivist Ayn Rand's philosophy if it were to be applied in reality.
• • First gay speaker of the House opens legislative session
[Mark] Ferrandino said he supports homosexuals’ right to marry. “Ayn Rand, wrote: 'The political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities.' "In that spirit," he said, "we must acknowledge that all committed couples deserve equal protection under the law, forever end Colorado's 'hate state' nickname, and, with bipartisan cooperation, pass civil unions this year."
Sunday, January 06, 2013
• • Connecticut School Shooting
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The novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, tells a story of a community hidden in the Colorado mountains where people go to get away from all the craziness going on in the world. On days like today I wish such a community did exist. I wish there was a place for sane loving parents to take their kids to keep them safe. Unfortunately this book portrays an unattainable Utopian ideal. We have to do our best to take care of our kids in the world that we have.
Friday, January 04, 2013
• • Silver Circle: Inspiring Heroism
The Silver Circle Rebels are an all together different type of hero. They have no super powers, and neither are they the pillars of infallible virtue we see in Ayn Rand’s writing. They are human in their flaws, which makes their standard of heroism attainable by readers. They are also not isolated in their heroism, but part of a vast and varied support structure that makes their activism possible.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
• • Where do libertarians come from?
[Nobody] can predict what brings people to libertarianism. Philosophically inclined intellectuals may have been inspired by Mises, von Hayek, Rothbard or Ayn Rand and then decided to get active in one way or another, maybe politically.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012