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Thursday, May 23, 2013

• • Sexual revolution pioneer John Williamson dies 
Atlas Shrugged  | John Williamson, a pioneer of the 1960s sexual revolution as co-founder of Topanga Canyon's Sandstone Retreat, where nudity and free love once took place with abandon, has died at age 80. [....] It was reading Ayn Rand's book "Atlas Shrugged" that John Williamson said prompted him to quit a defense-industry job in electronics and move to California in the early 1960s. The book portrays a society in which people, fed up with government and industry controlling their lives, walk away from their jobs.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

• • Why Rand Paul’s Hispanic Pitch Is Doomed 
Atlas Shrugged  |Personal life  |Rand Paul  | It shouldn’t be entirely surprising that Sen. Rand Paul’s speech to an Hispanic group calls for comprehensive immigration reform. (If he made that speech at a tea party meeting, that’d be more interesting.) But illegal immigration is a part of him. His namesake, Ayn Rand, was herself an illegal immigrant, lying to get a tourist visa to escape Bolshevik persecution. Aside from the libertarian lodestar, free markets, free minds, and (pretty) free borders is a libertarian mantra. [....] [M]aybe Paul will become a Hispanic icon. But that seems as likely as a run on Spanish editions of Atlas Shrugged.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

• • GOP prepares comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’ 
[Republicans] see the true cause of their problems as merely poor presentations of otherwise good ideas. That means a tricky rhetorical sleight of hand.Don't believe women should have access to an abortion if they are raped or victims of incest? Try not to talk about it. Think the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes are "takers"? Please don't quote Ayn Rand in your stump speech. Support laws banning gay couples from legal rights guaranteed to straight couples? Keep it in the closet. And remember, when in doubt, pivot, and talk about economic growth.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

• • • Roseanne Barr among presidential candidates on Florida ballot 

Capitalism  |Syndicated  | Gary Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico who is running for the Libertarian Party, is considered the main third party contender on the ballot, but the Socialist Party and lesser-known Objectivist Party, which promotes the laissez-faire capitalist beliefs of philosopher Ayn Rand, are also fielding candidates.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

• • • Ayn Rand is Curious Choice for Conservative Veneration 
Alan Greenspan  |Altruism  |Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |The Virtue of Selfishness  |Egoism  |Individualism  |Paul Ryan  |Syndicated  | Rep. Paul Ryan, now the GOP vice presidential nominee, is an Ayn Rand acolyte, a loyal adherent to the philosophies of a woman whose views have enthralled fringe segments of the conservative movement for more than half a century. He is famous for giving her novels to staffers in his office. "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand.The fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism,” Ryan told the group. That helps to explain Ryan’s ideas about the federal budget, which he would radically downsize to shrink the programs that help the elderly, the poor, the unemployed, and just about everybody else who needs the occasional helping hand. In Rand’s philosophy, the brilliant, the well-born and the lucky have no obligation to the struggling stiffs whose jobs don’t guarantee riches. Indeed, she believed altruism was foolish.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

• • Which side is winning the battle to define Paul Ryan? 
Atheism  | Add to the conversation a discussion of the Ayn Rand-ian philosophy that Ryan explored while in high school as he coped with the death of his father. Some of the Russian emigré novelist’s “objectivist” views – particularly the emphasis on self-reliance – influenced Ryan’s outlook, though he rejected her atheism.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

• • • Ryan Shrugs Off Ayn Rand 
Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Egoism  |Individualism  |Paul Ryan  |Syndicated  | Ryan [...] is the country's most powerful Randian. At least, he used to be. More on that in a moment. First, a look at his adoring relationship with the work of Russian emigre novelist Ayn Rand, author of "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead."

Monday, July 23, 2012

 Marco Rubio loves hip-hop, The Gladiator and all things football: Ten details from new unauthorized  
Atlas Shrugged  | In the forthcoming book, The Rise of Marco Rubio, Washington Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia paints a picture of a man who has taken a calculated approach to his rise to power. [....] Here are ten details from the book, which will be mandatory reading if Mitt Romney taps Rubio as his running mate this summer: [....] "Rubio was more likely to read the sports page than weighty philosophical tomes. But by the time he finished his first legislative term, he had devoured Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged twice."

Thursday, May 31, 2012

• • • India's unlikely romance with Ayn Rand 
Alan Greenspan  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Individual Rights  |Individualism  |Image  | Literary tastes in India, as anywhere, change with the times, but one writer has never gone out of vogue: Ayn Rand -- the high priestess of free-market capitalism and unfettered individualism. A marginal, and often derided literary figure in many other countries, Rand is a perennial presence on Indian bestseller lists and regularly name-checked on the “favourite author” list of influential Indians -- from company CEOs to Bollywood stars. Until 2007, Indians conducted more Google searches for the Russian-American novelist than residents of any other country, and in recent years have ceded the top spot only to Americans.

Friday, March 09, 2012

 Ron Paul's pointless Internet presidency 
Ron Paul. Elfin ob-gyn goldbug. Ayn Randian. Foe of war, abortion and government. Texan. Rejector of Medicaid, rejector of Medicare. Climate-change skeptic. Keeper of odd company. Espouser of tendentious views.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

• • Choosing a Candidate After the Michigan and Arizona Primaries 
As a history major in college, I studied Ayn Rand and the conservative movement. I am now two years out of college and was rooting for Ron Paul to win the nomination.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

• • • Lululemon and Ayn Rand: Thoughts from a San Francisco yoga practitioner 
Atlas Shrugged  | I’ve been an active yogi and very present practitioner in the San Francisco yoga community for the past 12 years. I’ve witnessed many changes in the way people practice and the evolution of yoga in the city, as well around the world, and have been flowing along with it. But I must confess the recent controversy around Lululemon and their inclusion of an Ayn Rand quote on their new shopping bag threw me off a bit. And all the while, I was not that surprised. This is a sign of the times for yogis, and a cue asking us to pay even more attention to what really matters in the practice.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

• • Objectivist Billionaire Funding Real-Life ‘Rapture’ from Bioshock 
BioShock  |Atlas Shrugged  | Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Leaders of industry decide that they’re sick of taxes, poor people, and taxes that go to poor people. So they decide to leave the country, and set up their own city ... underwater. Not quite how you remember Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged?” That’s because it’s the story of Bioshock, the “Genetically-Enhanced First-Person Shooter” by 2K Boston.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

• • • Paul Ryan’s preaching of Ayn Rand’s ‘gospel’ flopping on Main Street 
Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Egoism  |Paul Ryan  | Ryan is a disciple of Ayn Rand, author of best-selling novels “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.” Despite conservatives who laud the self-reliance attitude of Rand, an atheist who hated the welfare state, in a nutshell, this woman’s “Objectivism” philosophy looks this way to progressives: Selfishness overdosing on steroids combined with the attitude that the rich elite are that way because they are gifted and that the unemployed and disabled have no right to expect any help from them through their tax dollars. Only if these “special people” choose to be charitable should others expect anything.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

• • • Ayn Rand, author of ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ on NASA’s Apollo program 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Individual Rights  | With the first installment of the film of Ayn Rand’s signature novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” slated to be released to theaters on April 15, it is useful to remember there was one government program that this mighty foe of tyranny looked upon with awe. In an essay published in September 1969, Rand celebrated the launch of Apollo 11, which she witnessed about two months earlier.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

• • Yaron Brook, Adam Stevens 
Ayn Rand Institute  |Atlas Shrugged  |Yaron Brook  |Image  | President and Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute Dr. Yaron Brook, left, listens to a question posed by Adam Stevens, right, of San Tan Valley, Ariz., during a breakout session about the effect of Rand’s novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’ to bring about cultural change toward a free society on the opening day of the tea party’s convention Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in Phoenix.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

 Ron Paul wins presidential straw poll at the 2011 CPAC 
Ron Paul has been heavily influenced by the writings of Hayek, Von Mises, and Ayn Rand and is a firm believer in limited -- what he would call “constitutional” -- government than even most Republicans. He has advocated the abolishment of the Federal Reserve and the income tax.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

• • Meet the GOP’s young guns: Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Paul Ryan  | [Paul Ryan] is resolutely polite, certain without being overbearing, confident at the debate podium and, to a greater extent than any prominent Republican of the past two decades, Reaganesque. Unfortunately, he has something else in common with the fortieth president: an approach to budget issues that owes more to Ayn Rand’s paranoid fears about making even the most minimal civic demands on “productive” elites than to facts, figures or economic realism. Ryan’s devotion to Rand, the author of dystopian novels like Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead and a favorite of the Tea Party movement’s Glenn Beck wing, is fanatical. He requires Congressional staffers to read Rand’s books and heaps praise on the prophetess of selfishness in YouTube videos that even fellow Republicans quietly acknowledge are unsettling.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

• • Can Orwell, Vonnegut, Austen lead you to love? 
Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  | In the extreme niche department, there’s a gathering place for admirers of Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead and “Atlas Shrugged” that includes a dating area. Michael Kelley, 50, of Aiken, S.C., thought he’d give it a try after two failed marriages and intensive study of Rand’s work years later. He met a fellow devotee who moved to Florida. They’re still in touch and plan to take a cross-country trip together. “I thought I could find somebody there who thinks like I do,” Kelley said. “I thought maybe this is why my relationships with my two wives didn’t work out. They didn’t have the same world view.”

Monday, February 08, 2010

 ‘BioShock’ sequel returns to morally-battered rapture 

"Bioshock" is the brainchild of Ken Levine, who told AFP that inspirations for the game's dystopic storyline came from many places, including the films "Citizen Kane" and "The Fight Club" and the work of author Ayn Rand.