Thursday, May 23, 2013
• • Sexual revolution pioneer John Williamson dies
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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
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
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?
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
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
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
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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
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.