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Ayn Rand - How Is This Still A Thing?: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Here's What Happens When You Reply To Tinder Guys With Ayn Rand Quotes

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Should students read Ayn Rand instead of a book about poverty?

A parent in the wealthy Texas town of Highland Park has challenged a book about people living near the poverty line, and suggested books by<p>Ayn Rand, Ben Carson and Karen Hesse as replacements, the Dallas Morning News reports.<p>The challenged book, David K. Shipler's "The Working Poor: Invisible in …

Ayn Rand's philosophy on love is a scary and inspiring relationship manifesto

This is what happens when TLC's "No Scrubs" meets Objectivist philosophy.<p>In a new episode of PBS Digital Studios' <i>Blank on Blank</i> series, novelist and …

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Blank on Blank Creates an Ayn Rand Video

The Blank on Blank organization has created an animated video starring The Fountainhead author <b>Ayn Rand</b>. The video embedded above features an …

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Ideal by Ayn Rand review – a flat, schematic bit of juvenilia re-emerges

Serial abuse of philosophical jargon is central to Ayn Rand’s oeuvre. So let’s call it a gesture of minor respect to say that it is “ontologically” impossible to read any book of hers without engaging with the woman herself.<p>She clearly wanted it that way, given that expressing her own philosophy …

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In Defense of Ayn Rand, Monster Under the Progressive Bed

The posthumous release of a new novel by Ayn Rand has sparked familiar—and tired—liberal criticisms of Objectivism's grande dame.<p>Liberals are constantly begging for more female authors and female lead characters in literature, but one woman author and philosopher remains stubbornly absent from …

In Defence of Ayn Rand, Monster Under the Progressive Bed

The posthumous release of a new novel by Ayn Rand has sparked familiar—and tired—liberal criticisms of Objectivism's grande dame.<p>Liberals are constantly begging for more female authors and female lead characters in literature, but one woman author and philosopher remains stubbornly absent from …

How Ayn Rand Became Libertarians’ Sociopathic Pixie Dream Girl

Rand's largest talent lies not in her status as the mother of Objectivism, but her ability to play the Cool Girl in the minds of men whose view of women is colored by both desire and revulsion.<p>Ayn Rand's <i>Ideal</i> was a very bad play. It is an even worse novel. In his introduction to the book, which was …

Midday open thread: Ayn Rand, sewer lizards, and a choreographed scandal

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Natural gasbags:<p>These Daily Kos community posts were the most shared on Facebook July 20:<p>Christian Writer To Her …

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How Ayn Rand became Libertarians’ sociopathic pixie dream girl

Jill Filipovic's review of Ayn Rand's posthumously published novel Ideal in Vice is less about the book than it is about the "socially awkward white …

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Atlas Shrugged Book Club, Entry 8: Is Ayn Rand a Better Philosopher or Novelist?

In the final installment of our discussion, Conor Friedersdorf and Garance Franke-Ruta debate the merits of the controversial book's moral.<p>Patrick Feller/Flickr<p>One wonderful thing about novels: They can be smarter than their novelist.<p>Care for an example?<p>Ayn Rand the philosopher posits, via a …

Sears CEO Eddie Lampert Should Stop Reading Ayn Rand

A philosophical theory that causes you to drive a company into a brick wall is one you should abandon.<p>For those in business who idealize the philosophy of Ayn Rand, maybe it's time to forget books read during the teen years and start thinking about better ways to run a company. Put me in the same …

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Review: Ayn Rand’s Ideal

In 1928, just two years after Ayn Rand arrived in the U.S. from Soviet Russia and settled in Los Angeles, she scribbled diary notes in her brand-new …

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Ayn Rand & Murray Rothbard: Diverse Champions Of Liberty

<b>Differences and Similarities</b><p>No one should attempt to treat Ayn Rand and Murray N. Rothbard as uncomplicated and rather similar defenders of the free …

Libertarian superstar Ayn Rand defended Native American genocide: “Racism didn’t exist in this country until the liberals brought it up”

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>EXCLUSIVE: New transcript of Rand at West Point in ’74 enthusiastically defends extermination of Native Americans<p>Ben Norton<p>October 14, 2015 8:01pm (UTC)<p>Ayn Rand is the patron saint of the libertarian Right. Her writings are quoted in a quasi-religious manner by American reactionaries, …

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10 more depraved lessons I learned reading Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”

The objectivist classic is brimming with historical revisionism, faulty economic theory and dubious sexual politics<p>Ayn Rand's <i>Atlas Shrugged</i> can teach us a lot about the vaunted American ideal of pompous, adolescent selfishness. The primary message of the book can be boiled down to the general theme …

Lululemon's Ayn Rand bag irks some (Others shrugged)

Lululemon Athletica Inc. , the Vancouver-based retailer of choice for yoga devotees who want to strike a fashionable pose while attaining a higher state of being, is interrupting the positive energy flow of some of its most loyal customers by promoting a controversial novel by Ayn Rand.<p>In late …

Who Is Ayn Rand Paul Ryan?

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.<p>-- Ayn Rand, Appendix to Atlas Shrugged<p>Like the perennial question, "Who is John Galt," …

Bernie Sanders is more American than Ayn Rand: Democratic socialism will always trump free-market selfishness

We’ve been a fed a myth about heroic individuals — and that allows the 1 percent to prosper at everyone’s expense<p>Americans have been deceived by the notion that individual desires preempt the needs of society; by the Ayn-Rand/Reagan/Thatcher aversion to government regulation; by the distorted image …

The Huge Ayn Rand Fan Behind the Latest 'Atlas Shrugged' Movie

Ayn Rand's most famous novel will be made into a miniseries one year after a film trilogy based on the book. Here's why.<p>Ayn Rand's iconic novel <i>Atlas Shrugged</i> may soon be streaming on a device near you.<p>Hollywood producer Albert Ruddy recently acquired the rights to the 1957 novel and plans to …

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Eaten alive by their own Ayn Rand/Koch brothers Frankenstein: The GOP destroyed themselves

Republicans pushed for unrestrained campaign spending. Now the party is a subdivision of Koch Brothers Enterprises<p>In the past few years, between Citizens United v. the FEC and other failures on the government's part to rein in lavish spending on nonprofit organizations that are attempting to …

Against accommodationism: How science undermines religion

There is currently a fashion for religion/science accommodationism, the idea that there’s room for religious faith within a scientifically informed …

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WikiLeaks Just Blew A Big Hole In The Snowden Narrative

WikiLeaks just tore a huge hole in the narrative surrounding Edward Snowden.<p>Up to this point, Snowden and his closest supporters have contended that the 30-year-old American left Hong Kong for Moscow with the intention of flying to Latin America.<p>"I was traveling with him on our way to Latin America …

What are they drinking? Text message sent using...vodka

When hearing that scientists in Canada and the UK have sorted out how to spray molecules of vodka to send a generic message a few meters through open space, one should be forgiven for concluding that said scientists were helping themselves to a bit of the ol' liquor cabinet in the process.<p>Not …