Money and Evil

I came across a blog posting this week entitled, “Money and Evil in the Bible and Atlas Shrugged“. The title was provocative, and the content was worthy of some discussion. What do you think Ayn Rand would have to say about this blogger’s thoughts? I re-read Francisco d’Anconia’s money speak from Atlas Shrugged last night. […]

I wonder if it just takes a second reading…

Again, Atlas Shrugged shows up as something of a rallying point for politically concerned and, perhaps, frustrated citizens. I pasted an excerpt from an article in US News and World Report, talking about the phenomenon of Ayn Rand. One of the strangest—but perhaps, predictable—trends that has accompanied the recession is a resurgence of interest in […]

One of these things just doesn’t belong here…

An interesting editorial entitled Where Politics Don’t Belong, and in the New York Times! An “Ayn Rand” alert brought me to an article that begins like this: FOR years now, many businesses and individuals in the United States have been relying on the power of government, rather than competition in the marketplace, to increase their […]

A Miniseries!

Finally, some news on Atlas Shrugged that gives us some hope for a meaningful production! The same New York Times article (referenced in the last post) talks about a mini-series that will inaugurate Liongate’s new cable network. In the first six months of 2009, Penguin Books shipped more than 300,000 copies of the book, which […]

John A. Allison IV

“You learned in that sandbox at some really deep level that it’s bad to be selfish,” says Mr. Allison, adding that the mother has taught a horrible lesson. “To say man is bad because he is selfish is to say it’s bad because he’s alive.” The chairman of BB&T, a $143Bln regional bank headquartered in […]

Today’s Libertarians

Matt Harris chairs the Libertarian Party of West Virginia. He wrote a scathing article entitled, Why I Loathe Ayn Rand and You Should Too. While he says he “takes Rand at face value,” I think he misunderstands her perspective on today’s Libertarian ideology. It’s true that her writing is peppered throughout with negative comments about […]

Ayn Rand and Pope Benedict

From today’s NYTimes. Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a growing divide between rich and poor and urging the establishment of a “true world political authority” to oversee the economy and work for the “common good.” “There are paragraphs that sound like Ayn Rand, next to […]

Missing the Rand Gene

Amity Shlaes, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Bloomberg News columnist. In a recent article she wrote about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the context of Atlas Shrugged. Yesterday, I asked the question. Here is her answer. Yet Schwarzenegger seems to be missing the Rand gene. His policies are all pain and […]

Game of Pretend

My brother is studying medicine now, so this excerpt hit home for me. These comments are in the context of Rand’s new found popularity. Of course, that popularity has resulting from the predicament that more people are realizing we are in. Rand knew that government tends to drive the most- productive economic figures away even […]