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Tag: Ayn Rand


Tech Giants Are Destroying Privacy, Producing Inequality and Undermining Democracy

Author Jonathan Taplin discusses how novelist Ayn Rand’s cruel libertarianism has permeated Google, Amazon, Facebook and the White House.

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Get Used to It, America: Brown People Are Here to Stay

Guided by the xenophobic ideology of such advisers as Steve Bannon, President Trump is pushing back against inevitable changes.

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Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Mad Stories in Paul Ryan’s World

Paul Ryan’s budget plan tells a story of savage violence that shows that those who occupy the bottom rungs of American society—whether they be low-income families, minorities of color or the young—are to be considered disposable.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE



Birth Control Is the New Poison

Laws proposed this year include a bill whose proponent is an Oklahoma cardiologist who sees venomous effects in hormonal contraception for women; the Obama administration has created a policy that will allow more public access to federally financed research; meanwhile, an Italian newspaper claims Pope Benedict resigned thanks to pressure from a secret gay lobby. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Rubio Not Convinced on Climate Change, Fox News Goes After Hillary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of the Virginia GOP’s gerrymandering scheme and a Republican lawmaker in Idaho who wants to make Ayn Rand required reading in high school.

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Glenn Beck Plans to Build Libertarian Commune Inspired by Ayn Rand

Glenn Beck and his delusions of grandeur were on full display last week, as the conservative media figure completed his wholehearted embrace of Ayn Rand’s philosophy by announcing he would build a $2 billion utopian community somewhere in Texas.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Pity the Bamboozled and Confused

“Every problem that the editorialists fret about today will get worse,” Harper’s Magazine columnist and author Thomas Frank told an audience in November. “Inequality, global warming, financial bubbles, one after another. But it won’t matter. On America will go, chasing the only ideology that our country has left, down into the seething Arcadia of all against all.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Who Is Paul Ryan?

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan admires Ayn Rand, and if you believe Republican Party mythology, Ryan is a messianic John Galt who will save America from a secret socialist conspiracy.

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Federal Money Helps Ryan’s Hometown Bounce Back

Thousands are still struggling in Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis., after General Motors shut down its century-old plant there in 2008. What economic recovery has occurred there is due largely to the federal stimulus programs so loathed by Republicans.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Paul Ryan, Corporate Darling

The bright-faced boy from Janesville and avowed man of the people has taken money from banksters, big insurance and the Koch brothers throughout his career, and has $5.4 million in the campaign chest—$2 million more than the next highest House member.

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A Hard Look at Paul Ryan

The New Yorker has published an insightful, if unsurprising, profile of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, detailing how the young lawmaker became a champion of today’s form of arch-libertarianism and how he’s worked to push that ideology into the mainstream of the Republican Party.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Outgrowing Ayn Rand

For the failure of such a wide swath of the American population to outgrow individual self-interest, the United States may as well be a nation full of teenagers, says Victoria Bekiempis, a “recovering Objectivist” writing in The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Here Comes the Capital Strike

From his seat in Congress, House Speaker John Boehner announced in mid-September that American business owners would continue to hold the nation’s wealth (and thus the public welfare) hostage until government granted them the “low-tax, deregulated world they wanted,” writes journalist and author Thomas Frank in Harper’s online. (more)

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Ayn Rand Fans Mortified by DVD Slander

The people behind 2011’s “Atlas Shrugged” movie adaptation (yes, they finally released the movie and no, nobody saw it) were “mortified” to discover that the DVD packaging for “Part 1” billed the film as a story of “courage and self-sacrifice.” As every Randbot knows, self-sacrifice is sacrilegious in the world of Ayn. (more)

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Waving the ‘Anarcho-Capitalism’ Flag

It’s a theory that seeks the removal of government oversight from any and all economic and social activity, which has been steadily adopted by legislators and policymakers on the right, and some on the left, for the past three decades, and tea partiers may actually be opposed to it. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


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Ayn Rand Revisited

Two new biographies about the irascible and idiosyncratic Ayn Rand, objectivist philosopher and ham-fisted mistress of the capitalist morality tale, show how her rocky Russian childhood and her subsequent self-reinvention campaign in America (partly conducted in Hollywood, of course) influenced her work, and how her ideas led to her own undoing.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Conservatives ♥ Ayn Rand

What with all this economic turmoil of late, not to mention a suspected socialist in the White House, right-wing pundits like femmebot Michelle Malkin and fellow Fox-friendly cretin Glenn Beck are looking to “author, philosopher and female comb-over pioneer” Ayn Rand for guidance. Stephen Colbert thinks they should move to an island all their own, where less work gets done on purpose.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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