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  • The Regimentation of American Life is Soul Sucking and Destroying Our Spirit of Individualism

    From our first day at school to our last day of work, we are told not to be entrepreneurs or think for ourselves, but instead to do what others tell us. Rather than playing a pickup game of whiffle ball on the neighborhood corner, we play organized tee ball with coaches and uniforms. Rather than studying what we are interested in while in college, we take classes that will “lead to a good job at an established company.” Instead of starting a company, we work as a nameless drone for a corporate behemoth. Rather than explore the woods, we follow...
  • A Terrific Quote by Ayn Rand on the Welfare State

    “Morally and economically, the welfare state creates an ever accelerating downward pull. Morally, the chance to satisfy demands by force spreads the demands wider and wider, with less and less pretense at justification. Economically, the forced demands of one group create hardships for all others, thus producing an inextricable mixture of actual victims and plain parasites.” -Ayn Rand I think that this quote by Ayn Rand on the welfare state is, like most quotations of hers, absolutely spot on. It perfectly sums up the negative current and after-effects of the welfare programs enacted by “looters” in the government to please...
  • Who are the Victims of Riots in 2020? The Same People as Always: Business Owners

    “The self-respecting small home owners and shop owners are the unprotected and undefended victims of every race riot.” -Ayn Rand If there is one word that will eventually come to describe the summer of 2020, it will be “riots.” We have seen the violent, riotous instincts of Democrats on full display as Antifa thugs attack conservatives and BLM Marxists smash shop windows and loot the contents of every business they come across. Both conservatives and liberals have been all over the media talking about these riots. Conservatives insist that the so-called “peaceful protesters” are really violent mobs of looters and...
  • Vocal Opponents Of Federal Spending Took PPP Loans, Including Ayn Rand Institute, Grover Norquist Group

    07/06/2020 5:59:27 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 6, 2020 | Andrew Solender
    Organizations that vigorously oppose government spending took Paycheck Protection Program loans, including some that have criticized the CARES Act, which created the PPP program, according to data released by the Small Business Administration. Americans for Tax Reform Foundation, which says it “educates taxpayers on the true cost of government” and “the realities of costly government programs,” received between $150,000 and $300,000 in loans. In a statement, Americans for Tax Reform claimed it “never opposed” the PPP program and defended the foundation’s decision to take government loans, which it said allowed the foundation to “maintain its employees without laying anyone off”...
  • Today's Quotefall Puzzle by Ayn Rand

    05/23/2020 1:24:25 PM PDT · by GOP Congress · 2 replies
    Self-Published | 5/23/2020 | Self-Published
    Today's Quotefall Puzzle features a quote by Ayn Rand. Click puzzle (or click here) for full size rendition, then use your browser's print command to print puzzle. Ayn Rand was an author best known for her libertarian positions and celebration of individual rights and initiatives. Her best known books are The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first reply comment below, using filtered font to prevent accidental spoilers. Please refrain from disclosing the full answer in comments to prevent spoilers.To solve the puzzle: Enter the letters in the top half (letter columns) of the...
  • Why Christians Should Read The Pagan Classics Reason 8: PHILOSOPHY

    05/18/2020 2:29:43 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Memoria Press ^ | Mar 2014 | Cheryl Lowe
    REASON #8: PHILOSOPHY PHILOSOPHY IS A DEEP SUBJECT THAT CAN BE QUITE INTIMIDATING. MODERN PHILOSOPHY IS SO ESOTERIC THAT FEW CAN UNDERSTAND OR RELATE TO IT, BUT CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY IS DIFFERENT. As with so many things, if you go back to the beginning and learn first principles, you can develop a deep and satisfying understanding of a subject that is baffling in its modern form. While philosophy may seem abstract and unrelated to the real world, quite the opposite is true. In fact, we are all philosophers; we all have a view of reality, a worldview, as we say today....
  • Who is Our John Galt?

    03/24/2020 6:51:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2020 | Howard J. Warner
    Who is John Galt? In 1957 Ayn Rand published her final novel, Atlas Shrugged. This magnum opus describing her philosophy of “objectivism” sought to call attention to the danger of socialism and communism and demonstrate the virtues of freedom and capitalism. Rand came to America from Russia following the 1917 communist revolution led by Lenin, which destroyed the social norms. Who is John Galt? He is the leader of the resistance to the statists of a dystopian United States. Galt has created the intellectual and emotional genesis for unravelling the suffocating government. He has secretly organized leaders of the private...
  • Today's Quotefall Puzzle by Ayn Rand

    03/06/2020 8:33:27 AM PST · by GOP Congress · 2 replies
    Self-Published | 3/6/2020 | Self-Published
    Today's Quotefall Puzzle features a quote by Ayn Rand. Click puzzle (or click here) for full size rendition, then use your browser's print command to print puzzle. Ayn Rand was an author best known for her libertarian positions and celebration of individual rights and initiatives. Her best known books are The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first reply comment below, using filtered font to prevent accidental spoilers. Please refrain from disclosing the full answer in comments to prevent spoilers.To solve the puzzle: Enter the letters in the top half (letter columns) of the...
  • Shades of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ in Real Life

    02/11/2020 3:40:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 2-11-2020 | Mark Hendrickson
    Sometimes, life really does imitate art. Recent actions by certain members of the Democratic Party remind me of scenes in Ayn Rand’s most famous novel, “Atlas Shrugged.” Take the impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives two months ago. It was as blatantly a kangaroo court as Hank Rearden’s trial in “Atlas.” Rearden had zero chance of being found “not guilty.” Same with President Donald Trump. I mean, what chance did he have of not being impeached when the Democrats refused to identify the accuser, denied the accused’s right to have counsel cross-examine prosecution witnesses, and didn’t allow any witnesses...
  • Neil Peart, Champion of Individualism; The late drummer left behind a legacy of unparalleled musicianship and freedom-celebrating lyrics.

    01/14/2020 3:13:58 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 62 replies
    Reason ^ | January 13, 2020 | Christian Britschgi
    Neil Peart, the longtime drummer for the Canadian band Rush, died last week of brain cancer, leaving behind a legacy as one of rock's most technically accomplished percussionists and perhaps its most articulate libertarian lyricist. The 67-year-old songwriter regularly championed individualism, choice, and freedom over soul-crushing conformity. Early Rush songs are saturated with such messages. The song "Freewill," released on 1980's Permanent Waves album, puts self-determination at the root of the human experience: "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." In "The Trees," released two years earlier, Peart tells a fable about a forest where...
  • Ayn Rand on Journalism

    12/17/2019 4:00:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Vanity | 17 December, 2019 | marktwain
    Ayn Rand nailed journalism, as it has become, 62 years ago. “The reporters who came to the press conference in the office of the John Galt Line were young men who had been trained to think that their job consisted of concealing from the world the nature of its events. It was their daily duty to serve as audience for some public figure who made utterances about the public good, in phrases carefully chosen to convey no meaning. It was their daily job to sling words together in any combination they pleased, so long as the words did not fall...
  • What Rand Meant by Altruism

    12/15/2019 10:57:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | January 31, 2017 | Gary M. Galles
    In modern America, February 2 is best known as Groundhog Day. But it also marks the birth of one of the most praised and criticized thinkers of the past century – Ayn Rand. Rand sold more than 30 million books. Atlas Shrugged has been ranked behind only the Bible as an influence on readers’ lives. She has also been stridently attacked for issues such as her militant atheism. But perhaps least understood has been her full-bore rejection of altruism. On her birthday, it is worth reconsideration. Altruism has commonly been held up as the standard for moral behavior. But Rand...
  • Today's Quotefall Puzzle by Ayn Rand

    05/22/2019 6:40:24 AM PDT · by GOP Congress · 5 replies
    Self-Published | 5/21/2019 | Self-Published
    Today's Quotefall Puzzle features a quote by Ayn Rand. Click image (or click here) for full size rendition, then use your browser's print command to print puzzle.All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first reply comment below, using filtered font to prevent accidential spoilers. Please refrain from disclosing the full answer in comments to prevent spoilers.To solve the puzzle: Enter the letters in the top half (letter columns) of the puzzle into the white squares on the bottom half (answer grid) belowEach letter must stay in its own column within the gridEach letter must be used exactly...
  • Bonus Quotefall Puzzle by Ayn Rand

    04/22/2019 10:15:39 PM PDT · by GOP Congress · 2 replies
    Self-Published | 4/23/2019 | Self-Published
    This is a BONUS Quotefall Puzzle, and features a quote by Ayn Rand. Click image for full size rendition, then use your brower's print command to print puzzle.Note that this is a bonus puzzle, and I'll be posting my normal puzzle by 11:00 AM Eastern from now on. This puzzle is one of my mini-challengers, and may take more than a cup of coffee or two. I've included a few more word hints and a lengthier starting word count, so let me know if I should keep making these. Thanks.All hints, along with the answer, are provided in the first...
  • Can The Government Force Companies To Rehire Employees After Minimum Wage Hike Layoffs? NY will try

    02/19/2019 12:12:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/19/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    This is a topic we’ve covered at length here previously, but in New York State the story is taking an odd twist. The subject is the Fight for 15 and the successful efforts of Democrats to jack up the minimum wage faster than market forces would normally have allowed. It seems to have come as a great shock to almost nobody that this resulted in layoffs, particularly among lower-skill, entry-level workers in the fast food industry. This has some of the newly unemployed understandably upset and they’ve been taking their complaints to their elected representatives. But what are they...
  • 114 Years After Her Birth, Ayn Rand’s Supporters Think Russia Is Ready for Her Ideas

    02/14/2019 11:29:00 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 43 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Feb 2019 | Daniel Kozin
    Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg on Feb 2, 1905 and received her education in the city. Yaron Brook from the Ayn Rand Institute says he is happy with the reception the author is now receiving in her hometown... “We’re in a crisis in the world right now and people everywhere are looking for better ideas.” By the time her books were translated into Russian in the late 1990s, much of the nation had become disillusioned with the painful transition to capitalism. Rand’s holy grail — the free market — was seen as the primary cause of the decade’s...
  • Pit bull attack that killed baby ruled accidental; panicky 911 call released by police

    06/07/2018 5:56:29 PM PDT · by familyop · 32 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | June 7, 2018 | Wayne K. Roustan and Erika Pesantes
    The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death was accidental, police said Wednesday. Diaz said no one will be charged in the incident. The male pit bull — 3 or 4 years old — was raised by the family since it was a puppy, police said. Its sibling and mother, both pit bulls, were also family pets. All were removed from the home the day of the attack, but the dog owner has only surrendered Thor,...
  • K-12: How Our Schools Make Monsters

    04/24/2018 3:08:54 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 17, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Lots of people who study K-12 education end up looking for a metaphor, a parallel, to explain the unnecessary stupidity of our public schools. Don't bother. Ayn Rand has run ahead and done the job. In 1970, Rand published a long [17k words] essay titled "The Comprachicos" (which roughly translates to the child-buyers). It lovingly examines a bit of history mentioned in a Victor Hugo novel. He wrote about vicious exploiters who mutilate and transform children into all sorts of freaks, dwarfs, gymnasts, and novelties. The techniques are analogous to those used by bonsai masters. You cut, twist, break, deprive...
  • The Final Ride of The Taggart Comet (from Atlas Shrugged)

    03/16/2018 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 36 replies
    Atlas Shrugged | 1957 | Ayn Rand
    The Comet uncoiled from the siding into a thin, straight line, and went on into the mountains, with the beam of the headlight like an extended arm pointing the way, and the lighted glass curve of the observation lounge ending it off. Some of the passengers aboard the Comet were awake. As the train started its coiling ascent; they saw the small cluster of Winston’s lights at the bottom of the darkness beyond their windows, then the same darkness, but with red and green lights by the hole of a tunnel on the upper edge of the windowpanes. The lights...
  • Was Ayn Rand for Open Borders?

    01/13/2018 10:52:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 13, 2018 | Theo Willem
    For over 30 years, I've been reading and re-reading Ayn Rand's books, both fiction and non-fiction, and I don't recall anything that suggests she was in favor of open borders. Furthermore, Ayn Rand died in 1982 – she never witnessed the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11, the steady stream of terrorist massacres throughout the great, historical cities of Europe and on American soil, or the large-scale invasion of so-called "refugees" into Europe. Islam and immigration were not cultural or political issues during her lifetime. So why am I even asking if Ayn Rand would have been for open...