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Tag: Ayn Rand
  • Ayn Rand vs. Sen. Durbin’s “Real World” Economics

      Well, there you have it. “Put down those Ayn Rand books for a minute and take a look at the real world.” Whenever Ayn Rand’s name is mentioned on the Senate or House floor, prepare to cringe. It’s hard to say which is more disgusting — statist Democrats depicting her as the devil incarnate …

  • Ayn Rand and the Essential “I”

    Personal liberty, freedom, choice, autonomy… all of these things have one fundamental component in common: their focus on the individual — “I.” It is so simple a word and yet its use conveys the most powerful emotions and desires we, as humans, can conjure. To say that “I” need, want, feel, believe, aspire to [insert …

  • Review of Atlas Shrugged: Part II

    I was fortunate to be invited to a pre-screening of Atlas Shrugged: Part II on October 6th. This event was sponsored by the Atlas Society and was attended by liberty-loving folks from all over the DC area. Quick note: The second movie continued right off where Part I ended. Some have suggested you can watch …

  • Did Steve Jobs approve of Ayn Rand?

      According to some people, Steve Jobs was a maniacal business man: he was someone who treated his employees like chattel and mistreated his supposed inferiors. To others, he was the apotheosis of everything digital: a man who ushered in 22st century digitized items to a 20thcentury hoi polloi; the same crowd sees Jobs as …

  • Building El Dorado

    Most of us are familiar with the myth — a lost city of gold, built by gods, sought after for centuries by those who wanted to exploit it for themselves. However, what everyone from the Spanish Conquistadors to the “social utopianists” has failed to realize is that one can never stumble upon El Dorado. Using …

  • Wikipedia’s Libertarian Founder and Philosophy

    If you needed another reason to love and appreciate Wikipedia as a college student or anyone else for that matter, you now have it:  Jimmy Wales, the founder, is a self-identified libertarian and objectivist.   But it gets even better — according to Wales in his interview with Reason Magazine, F. A. Hayek’s essay The …

  • Ayn Rand Makes Front Page News

    The front page of the leading newspaper in Ecuador was nearly blank today. That is, except for this quote: When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing …

  • ‘Do you want to live in the world of Atlas Shrugged?’

    Check out this new video from LearnLiberty, a project of the Institute for Humane Studies.  From the video’s description: In her masterpiece of fiction, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand emphasizes three key classical liberal themes: individualism, suspicion of centralized power, and the importance of free markets. In this video, Prof. Jennifer Burns shows how Rand’s plot …

  • Ayn Rand’s Increasing Relevance

    Here’s a blog I wrote on Ayn Rand and her influential novel, Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand’s novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’ was recently put into movie form and her works—plays, books, and essays– have experienced a surge in purchases. You may think that the fad is just no big deal and will die out as soon as …

  • More Atlas Shrugged Movie Reviews!

    It’s still more than a month before Atlas Shrugged is released to the public and reviews are spilling over the top from privileged movie-goers who have gotten a sneak peek at the film. I was one of those lucky individuals, and you can see what I thought here. Since then I have seen review upon …