Tag Archives | Ayn Rand

How to Achieve a Benevolent Sense of Life

Part 1: “How to Maintain a Benevolent Sense of Life in Today’s World” Many things have been written about the appeal of Ayn Rand’s novels, but one of the central reasons for her enduring popularity and influence is her concept of a “benevolent sense of life.” Her novels are not just about striving and struggle, […]

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The University Utopia

Three Paradoxes of American Politics, Part 2 Just after November’s election, I posed three paradoxes of American politics, asking why certain demographic groups make up reliable voting blocs for the left, even though the pro-free-market ideas of the right have so much to offer them. I have begun to revisit these paradoxes. In part one […]

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Are Objectivists Libertarians?

In my RCP newsletter, I’ve been chronicling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s recent heroics and ascent within the Republican Party. Paul represents, not just the influence of the Tea Party, but also the growing influence of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, which was so famously represented by his father, Ron Paul. But if the […]

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Romanticism and Realism

Top Stories of 2012: #5 This is the time I traditionally offer my overview of the top five stories of the year as covered in my newsletter. I can’t say “as covered in TIA Daily” or “as covered in The Tracinski Letter,” because the first half of the year was covered in one, the second […]

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Champions

My recent post-mortem on the Romney campaign is up at RealClearPolitics. But the point of this post-mortem is not to look backward. It is to enable us to look forward. After thinking about it a little more I can sum up the implication for the future in these terms: we desperately need champions for free […]

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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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