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Thursday, March 07, 2013

• • 90 minutes of Q&A with Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars 
Atlas Shrugged  |Celebrity Admirers  | From about 11am to about 1230pm pst [Jared Leto] answered questions from his twitter followers ranging from who his favorite “Atlas Shrugged” character is (Dagny, John Galt, and ‘the man himself’), to how long ago he became vegan (‘off and on for a couple years’), and even some questions on the upcoming album 'Up in the Air'.

• • That great pyramid scheme called work 
Capitalism  | If you listen to the devotees of Ayn Rand they will be happy to tell you one of the greatest lies ever told. That lie is that only the wealthy investors have any worth because they create wealth and the rest of us are just worthless moochers and parasites who live off the creativty of the Rich. Of course besides convieniently leaving out the truth, they also leave out the part about how wealth is really created. If an economic parasite is determined by who lives off the created wealth of whom, than the Rich are the greatest set of parasites going.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

• • • Will Atlas Shrug? 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Personal life  | I run into many who were Ayn Rand fans in their younger days. Since I enjoyed both her books and her philosophy writings, I always ask more about that. Some of her ideas are profound. I was especially drawn to her comment that smart kids went off bright-eyed to college expecting to encounter like minds and instead came up against the specter of post-modern fuzzy thinking that left them with either damaged brains if they bought in or damaged ability to connect to those around them if they didn’t. However, Rand was inherently a very flawed person, perhaps from psychological damage inflicted as she fled the Russian revolution.

Monday, March 04, 2013

 LibertyBin interview: Facebook alternative for liberty lovers (Photos) 
Jacob Alexander, LibertyBin's Co-Founder, Director of Operations, and Site Manager responded to Libertarian News Examiner's request for this exclusive interview. [....] [Q:] Who or what brought you to libertarianism? [A:] At a young age, I started reading about the constitution. I supported Ron Paul in the 08 campaign. I would stand on busy street corners with homemade signs by myself with hardly any response from people. After the election I began to do an immense amount of reading. Starting with Ron Paul's A Foreign Policy of Freedom. Reading pages of John Locke lead to Hayek's Road to Serfdom. I have trailed through the pages of Freidman, Rothbard, Ayn Rand, Bastiat, and others.

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

• • Definition of oxymoron: Coercing kids to learn non-coercive 
Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | According to Douglas French, writing for the Laissez Faire Club [...] an Idaho state Senator wants to "require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and pass a test on it to graduate from high school." Coercing people to learn about non-coercion? Can you say oxymoron?

Monday, February 25, 2013

• • 'Twilight', Adam Sandler & Rihanna take home honors at 33rd annual Razzie awards 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | 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

• • How to focus on self without becoming selfish 
The Virtue of Selfishness  |Egoism  | 4. Explore your self-interests. There is a very interesting book called, The Virtue of Selfishness. Its author, Ayn Rand, points out that that it’s rational to act in your own self-interest. On the flip side, it’s irrational to sacrifice who you are in order to serve others. We serve others because we believe it’s in our best self-interest to do so.

• • Video games illustrate differences between atheists, agnostics, and theists 
Atheism  |Egoism  | Researchers at St. Jerome’s University in Canada discovered that atheists and theists are significantly different in their preferences and enjoyment of certain kinds of games. [....] Here's how it works. Atheists, generally speaking, "are less capable of internally simulating vivid, emotionally evocative experiences" than theists. [....] It's probably no coincidence that some atheists are drawn to Ayn Rand's philosophy, which requires a great deal of emotionally detached self-interest to fully embrace.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

• • When your child begins reading on her own 
Atlas Shrugged  | 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.

• • The week ahead: 'Argo,' 'Sinister,' 'Anna Karenina' and more 

Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | February 19, 2013: "Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike" (Same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix and redbox releases) Rated PG-13. This drama is the sequel to "Atlas Shrigged," which is pased on Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking novel. In the movie, the global economy is on the brink of collapse. And brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

• • Super Corporate Heroes: not so much what you were expecting 
Capitalism  | 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 
Atlas Shrugged  | “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 
Atlas Shrugged  |Egoism  | 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 
BioShock  | 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 
Atlas Shrugged  | 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.