Tag Archives | Ayn Rand

A Philosophy for Teenagers

The nomination of Paul Ryan, a noted Ayn Rand fan, as the Republican Party’s vice-presidential candidate has inspired some increased discussion of Rand’s ideas and writings. But not all of it has been edifying. The latest unedifying contribution is a brief comment by President Obama in a fawning interview with Rolling Stone. Asked, “Have you […]

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The Mainstreaming of “Atlas Shrugged,” Part II

The second installment in the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy opens in theaters next week. Thanks to the producers, I got to see the official premier of the film in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Let’s start with the bottom line: the second installment is better than the first in nearly every respect. If you want to […]

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Notes on the Republican Convention

I provided quite a lot of coverage of the Republican convention last week in my RealClearPolitics newsletter, The Daily Debate. See my comments on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3. I want to draw your attention to a few highlights from that coverage that are particularly important, add a few points that I didn’t […]

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Why There Is No Liberal “Atlas Shrugged”

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate has set off a fresh new set of articles on the influence of Ayn Rand, and it has sent her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, back to the top of the Amazon best-seller lists. Though Ryan has recently abjured Ayn Rand’s philosophy in favor of […]

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Preaching the Gospel

How the Election Will Play Out (and Why Romney Will Win), Part 3 So far, the polls show that the negative ads haven’t broken Romney’s campaign. But there is a deeper ideological reason why this campaign is not likely to succeed. Remember that this is not just a negative campaign against Romney. It is a […]

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Did Paul Ryan Throw Ayn Rand Under the Bus?

From TIA Daily, by way of RealClearMarkets. Seven years ago, at an event celebrating Ayn Rand’s magnum opus Atlas Shrugged, Representative Paul Ryan talked effusively to a crowd of die-hard Objectivists—proponents of Ayn Rand’s individualist philosophy—of her influence on his thinking. “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had […]

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The Second Renaissance of Victor Hugo

Originally published in TIA Daily. I may be a little late—I spend so much time following political news that I’m often a little behind the times on entertainment news—but I just recently saw the reports that a film version of the musical Les Misérables is in the works. To be sure, this is something has […]

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Icarus and Apollo

Originally published in TIA Daily. The space shuttle Endeavor just landed for the last time last night in Florida, marking the end of the second to last manned space flight to be undertaken by the United States for the foreseeable future. In a recent op-ed, three legends of the Apollo space program mourned the end […]

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How to Keep Atlas from Shrugging

Originally published in TIA Daily. I recently described the real-life parallels to events in Atlas Shrugged. But as Ayn Rand once said, part of the novel’s purpose was to prevent it from becoming prophetic. To understand how we can prevent the novel from becoming a full description of events in the current day, we have […]

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How Was the Movie? It Was a Great Book

Originally published in TIA Daily. I’ve been surveying the reviews for the movie version of Atlas Shrugged, and I’ve noticed something odd about them. Most reviews say little about the movie itself and focus instead on criticizing or praising the book. It is as if the reviewer were asked, “So how was the movie?” and […]

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