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October 25, 2012
Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision.
President Obama, in an interview with Rolling Stone, when asked about Paul Ryan’s “obsession” with Rand. source
13:59 // 1 year ago
September 9, 2012
This one’s for the objectivists: Here’s the trailer to the second ”Atlas Shrugged” film. (In case you forgot, the first is over here.) Ayn Rand would be proud.
11:51 // 1 year ago
August 26, 2012
Meet the film “2016: Obama’s America.” You may not be familiar with the well-timed release (adapted from a book by conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza) from the same production company that brought you “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1,” but not only has it already made more money than that politically-charged adaptation, it managed to make more money on Friday than “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Campaign,” and every new release this weekend. It is the year’s top-grossing documentary (EDIT: besides nature documentaries), though it’s worth pointing out that it has a long way to go before it’s this year’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
0:08 // 1 year ago
April 28, 2012
I reject her philosophy. It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas. Don’t give me Ayn Rand.
Rep. Paul Ryan • Distancing himself from the late author and philosopher, whom he once called “the reason I got involved in public service.” Indeed, Rep. Ryan’s affinity for Ayn Rand has not been a secret through the years — he once spoke at an event honoring her (at the aptly named Atlas Society) and stated that almost every issue he faced in Washington represented a struggle between “individualism versus collectivism.” He told the Weekly Standard back in 2003 that he gave copies of Atlas Shrugged as gifts to his interns, and made them read it — or tried to, at least. So, basically, the guy is pretty into Ayn Rand. Awkwardly, Rand was a vehement atheist, however, a divergence from modern conservative culture that can make Republican opinion on her devotees unpredictable. It’s over this particular faith issue that Ryan seems to be brushing dirt on his old inspiration. source (via • follow)
14:26 // 1 year ago
December 30, 2011
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April 14, 2011
A man in black, always shot in shadow, is apparently John Galt. If you want to get a good look at him and find out why everybody is asking, I hope you can find out in Part 2. I don’t think you can hold out for Part 3.
Roger Ebert • In his one-star review of “Atlas Shrugged, Part 1.” Another sample of Ebert ripping apart the cash-in film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s masterwork: “There is also a love scene, which is shown not merely from the waist up but from the ears up. The man keeps his shirt on. This may be disappointing for libertarians, who I believe enjoy rumpy-pumpy as much as anyone.” It’s times like these that Roger Ebert works best — by, due to the nature of the subject material, changing from critic into comic. source (via • follow)
19:06 // 3 years ago
February 11, 2011
Movie Trailer of the Day: The first official trailer for the long-suffering cinematic adaption of Ayn Rand’s nut-cracking magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged.
One Tree Hill’s Paul Johansson directs Taylor Schilling as Dagny Taggart, Grant Bowler as Hank Rearden, Graham Beckel as Ellis Wyatt, and Matthew Marsden as James Taggart in the first part of a planned trilogy.
The film is due in theaters April 15.
20:15 // 3 years ago