Category Archives: Ayn Rand

Lots of Fake

By 1981 it was time for a change – the first marriage had ended and teaching English at the prep school in Rochester, in the quiet upper left hand corner of New York, had lost its charm, or at least … Continue reading

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Getting to Know You

Here, one block up from the Sunset Strip at the foot of Laurel Canyon, tucked out of the way, summer nights are quiet. The apartment has a balcony out back – a good place to sit and smoke a pipe. … Continue reading

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Adjusting One’s Personal Theology

Okay, to review, the economist Paul Krugman has called the Ryan budget ludicrous and cruel – “voodoo economics, with an extra dose of fantasy, and a large helping of mean-spiritedness” – and Krugman is not alone. Even those without a Nobel … Continue reading

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Always Great Expectations

There’s that amusing scene in Dickens’ Great Expectations – Pip and Herbert, now young men all on their own in London, find themselves falling deeper and deeper in debt, from buying, on credit, all manner of those things that befit … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide

If you have far too much time on your hands, and basic cable, you might catch the 1951 film When Worlds Collide – and it’s a hoot. But it’s in quite vivid extreme Technicolor, even if the available print is … Continue reading

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Everybody Shrugged

After forty years of what, out here in Hollywood, they call development hell, Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged finally makes it to the big screen. Who’s she? She is what inspired Paul Ryan’s amazing new budget, the one that punishes the parasites and rewards the successful. She was Alan Greenspan’s mentor and the force behind all the national economic policies he gave us for decades. She is the patron saint of the Tea Party crowd – as if you didn’t know. Unfortunately the new movie seems to be a large brick. Watching the nobly and rightly selfish – who despise the nation’s parasites – spend an hour and a half being defiantly self-interested and self-absorbed, is rather boring. You might as well buy a ticket for the travelling Charlie Sheen show. Continue reading

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Regarding the Now Disputed Constitutional Duty to Promote the General Welfare

It was that first year of college, back in the mid-sixties, and the first run-in with one of them, the fetching young lady who turned out to be an Ayn Rand devotee. She was not impressed. Life was all about … Continue reading

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