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Tag: Objectivism
  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Voluntary Association, Individual Optimization

    Our battle is not simply one between competing political ideologies and policy decisions. Instead, our fight extends far beyond political implications into the very heart of this nation’s true issue:  a failure in philosophical doctrine. While our opponents rest with the philosophy of forced altruism, the idea that says people should be required to sacrifice …

  • America Says: Read Ayn Rand

    Well…sort of: A man — Nick Newcomen — drew this by driving across thirty states with a GPS device. Yes, that’s right, by driving across thirty states. Now that’s a Randian if I ever saw one. Perhaps Canada ought to read “Who is John Galt?” next. Kudos to wired.

  • Ayn Rand 101

    This is all humour of course, but whether you like Rand (as I do, to an extent) or if you hate her, it’s cleverly correct to an extent. Kudos to Cracked’s article on Rand. An excerpt from the article: The works of Ayn Rand include Atlas Shrugged, a popular novel on the evils of government regulations; The …

  • Tunes of Liberty: Freewill (Rush)

    I’d like to start a mini-series of sorts dealing with one of the best ways to communicate a message:  music. The series will include songs that have been referenced by YAL in YAR as being freedom-based, but I will also be pulling other songs that have a specifically freedom-based or anti-statist/authoritarian message. I introduce to …

  • DHS Teachers Embrace Collectivism

    As a student at Dixon High School, which is located in the rather conservative community of Dixon, CA, I never expected to see collectivism so boldly embraced by faculty members.   Today, Friday, Dec. 11th, I had the amazing pleasure of arguing with a biology teacher who had the audacity to say, “There should be …

  • The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America

    This book by Ayn Rand’s heir, Leonard Peikoff, is an arresting depiction of the “ominous parallels” between America today and the chaos of pre-Hitler Germany.  I highly recommend it to my fellow liberty-lovers.  This review via LewRockwell.com sums it up rather well.  Here’s what Ayn Rand had to say about it: If you do not …