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In Topic: Will Rand Paul be the Republican nominee?

Today, 10:49 AM

What's the problem?  I found the Telegraph article an informative and even-handed account of Paul's presidential prospects.

In Topic: The Truth About Ayn Rand: Origins of Objectivism

21 October 2014 - 01:28 PM

What Boydstun tells us about privacy lying in #52 (that Rand approved of it when Peikoff lectured on the topic in 1976) is interesting in that NB's Basic Principles course had insisted some years earlier that honesty precludes the practice and in that Rand had endorsed these lectures.  The difference may be that by the later date she was doing this herself.

In Topic: Did Marx Teach Rand How to Think About Capitalism?

10 October 2014 - 03:56 PM

Burns, as I recall, thinks that Rand got much of her philosophical knowledge (presumably including Kant) from Peikoff when he was in grad school. This would have started some time in the 1950s. She mentions Kant in "Faith and Force" (1960). Does anyone know of earlier mentions?

In Topic: A remake of Fountainhead

08 October 2014 - 10:31 PM

Forget it. The recent failure of Atlas Shrugged has iced the possibility of another Rand adaptation for at least thirty years.

In Topic: Did Marx Teach Rand How to Think About Capitalism?

06 October 2014 - 03:42 PM

Maybe she hit on it herself. Somebody has to do this if we're to avoid infinite regress.

If she did get it from Marx or from Smith, show us the evidence. As Lennox pointed out in his review of Sciabarra (http://www.nyu.edu/p...s/ioslennox.htm - see the part about Darwin and Malthus), hard documentation is the standard when you impute influences or borrowngs. This might be a public statement, a draft or journal, a letter or a well-corroborated eyewitness account (not an exhaustive list); coulda/mighta/musta isn't up to the standard.