Tag Archives | Ayn Rand

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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The Ayn Rand Factor and the “Atlas Shrugged” Movie

Originally published in TIA Daily. After more than 50 years, a movie version of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s perennially best-selling pro-capitalist epic in finally coming to the big screen—but through the strangest route possible. That the film hasn’t been made long ago, despite being one of world’s most successful literary properties, is surprising—but not too […]

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From the Cave to the Moon

Originally published in TIA Daily. Today is the 40th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon—an event that still reverberates as the symbol of mankind’s unlimited potential for achievement. But as Ayn Rand observed at the time, the culture’s intellectuals did not want to have to confront the meaning and implications of the moon […]

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