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Ayn Rand: The Best Aspect About Christmas

From Ayn Rand, The Objectivist Calendar, December 1976: “The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutions — the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colors —provide the city with a spectacular display, which only ‘commercial greed’ could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist… Read More »Ayn Rand: The Best Aspect About Christmas

Twitter Suspends The Account for Leonard Peikoff’s Book, “The Cause of Hitler’s Germany”

Twitter has suspended the account for Leonard Peikoff’s The Cause of Hitler’s Germany because of its book cover now violates Twitter rules. The Cause of Hitler’s Germany—previously published as part of his 1982 book The Ominous Parallels—Leonard Peikoff, Ayn Rand’s long-time associate, demonstrates how unreason and collectivism led the seemingly civilized German society to become a Nazi regime.   Two appeals have been made since the suspension with no response from Twitter. Apparently these two tweets are Twitter approved: Today more than ever, the interest of the Islamic Nation lies in #unity, the type of unity that creates power against enemies and… Read More »Twitter Suspends The Account for Leonard Peikoff’s Book, “The Cause of Hitler’s Germany”

“Aristotle and The Romantic Manifesto” by Robert Mayhew

In the Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand reports that before she heard the name “Aristotle,” she had accepted his principle “that fiction is of greater philosophical importance than history, because history represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them ‘as they might be and ought to be.’” The aim of this talk is to explain the role of this principle in Aristotle’s esthetics and Ayn Rand’s, and to note other parallels between the Poetics and Romantic Manifesto. Recorded live on June 27, 2019 in Cleveland, OH.

Salmieri: Differences Between Ayn Rand and Aristotle

Writes philosopher Greg Salmieri on the differences between Ayn Rand and Aristotle at Check Your Premises blog: Rand is always focused on the individual human being, who has distinctive ideas and personal values that set him apart from others in his community and that may put him in conflict with them. She presents her moral philosophy in explicit contrast with moral codes that call for the individual to sacrifice his ideas and values to the demands of others. And, likewise, her political philosophy is formulated in explicit opposition to political philosophies that justify the sacrifice of individuals by the state. In this respect Rand… Read More »Salmieri: Differences Between Ayn Rand and Aristotle

John Allison Meets with Trump

Photo: Ken Bennet/ Wake Forest University From 1. Allison is an Objectivist who supports pro-capitalist policies Allison said Trump also sought his advice as an outside-the-box thinker that includes being a devotee of author Ayn Rand and her economic philosophy of objectivism, which extols rational individualism, creativity, independent thinking and a limited role for government as a protector of peace. 2. Allison calls Goldman Sach’s “crony capitalists” […] Allison was critical of Goldman Sachs’ role in the financial crisis, calling the investment company “crony capitalists,” in his 2013 book “The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure.” Mnuchin’s “history… Read More »John Allison Meets with Trump

Ayn Rand on How to Pick a President

Jonathan Hoenig over at Capitalistpig reminds us of philosopher Ayn Rand’s advice on “How to Pick a President?”: “In view of the general confusion on this subject, it is advisable to remind prospective voters of a few basic considerations, as guidelines in deciding what one can properly expect of a political candidate, particularly of a presidential candidate. One cannot expect, nor is it necessary, to agree with a candidate’s total philosophy — only with his political philosophy (and only in terms of essentials). It is not a Philosopher-King that we are electing, but an executive for a specific, delimited job.… Read More »Ayn Rand on How to Pick a President

You Can Belly Dance If You Want To

Rants an entity called Randa Jarrar Why I can’t stand white belly dancers over at Women I have confronted about this have said, “But I have been dancing for 15 years! This is something I have built a huge community on.” These women are more interested in their investment in belly dancing than in questioning and examining how their appropriation of the art causes others harm. To them, I can only say, I’m sure there are people who have been unwittingly racist for 15 years. It’s not too late. Find another form of self-expression. Make sure you’re not appropriating… Read More »You Can Belly Dance If You Want To

Binswanger Rips Apart Obamas’s Egalitarianism

Harry Binswanger utterly demolishes Obama’s Rawlsian inspired egalitarianism in his epic op-ed President Obama: Stop Damning The Achievers For Their Virtues. Some of the highlights: Egalitarianism is not the (proper) advocacy of “equality” of rights. It is true that everyone has the same rights, whether a government recognizes them or not, because those rights are based on the nature of man. The same, one standard applies to every human being. What the egalitarians demand is not equality of rights but equality of condition. No one, they say, should be better off than another. On “equality of opportunity”: It is pointless… Read More »Binswanger Rips Apart Obamas’s Egalitarianism

Ayn Rand on Racism

Forbes has the entirety of Ayn Rand’s essay “Racism.” Definitely worth a read. Racism by Ayn Rand Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors. Racism claims that the content of a man’s mind (not his… Read More »Ayn Rand on Racism

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