More on the Popularity of Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged

Just some additional tidbits, care of The Objective Standard: Sales of Atlas Shrugged since its publication have reached a total of 6,500,000, with a record annual sale of 180,000 copies in 2007—the 50th anniversary year of the novel. The numbers indicated in the Zogby surveys [where 8.1% of respondents said they read Atlas Shrugged] implies three or more readers […]

Ayn Rand: The Antidote to Collectivism, Altruism, and Irrationalism

So, Obama’s been elected, as expected, and the country has precisely the altruist/collectivist it wanted. The next four years, at least, will be difficult for those who believe in individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism. But, perhaps most important: the battle lines have been drawn, and it’s obvious what needs fighting for. As Walter Williams put […]

The Silver Lining (continued): Obama Shrugged

I simply love the Ayn Rand/Atlas Shrugged references swirling around the Obama campaign finance fraud stories, such as at obamashrugged.com. Go there for the fraud info, and while you’re at it read Atlas Shrugged if you haven’t already. As always, looking for silver linings, and finding them.

From the Grave: Ayn Rand on the Financial Crisis

A reminder of Ayn Rand’s brilliance: One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary. – The Ayn Rand Letter, Vol. III, No. 25, […]

High School Presenting The Fountainhead, the Musical

I’ve never heard of such a things as a musical version of The Fountainhead. Given the times, I’m going to assume that this is good news: that there’s no copyright infringement and that it’s a decent treatment. Exposing young minds to Ayn Rand has got to be worth it, and so I’m happy to hear that […]

The End is Near: Daily Kos Posts Positive Ayn Rand Reference

Proof of the apocalypse: a poster at Daily Kos (!) has written positively about Ayn Rand (!) in support of Barack Obama (!). I suppose this unforeseen and unforeseeable occurrence qualifies as “good news,” of a sort, in that the random young or otherwise unformed mind might come across this reference and be steered in a better direction. […]

George Reisman on Capitalism’s Bad Rep

I could have tried to write a treatise on how the current financial crisis is being positioned by our media and political machines as the last, great failure of laissez-faire capitalism. I don’t need to, however, because George Reisman, perhaps the foremost economist of our time, has already done it for me. I won’t bother […]

Alan Greenspan is Not an Objectivist

Say what you will about the man, but Alan Greenspan is not an Objectivist and hasn’t been since the ’60’s. His recent efforts to deflect blame from his interventionist activities as Fed Chairman offer ample proof. And so, people, please: don’t equate Greenspan and Ayn Rand simply because he was once her friend and wrote an article […]

John Allison of BB&T Speaks Out

John Allison, CEO of BB&T, on the financial crisis: In his hour-long discussion, Allison traced the roots of the financial crisis to government efforts begun under the Clinton administration to promote affordable homeownership using the government-sponsored mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That contention has many detractors, who note the share of subprime loans […]