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    This account has been set up to collect RSS feeds from other websites. Current RSS subscriptions include Free Market Network News, Randex, Google News, Yahoo News, and Robert Bidinotto's blog. These posts appear in their own subforums and will not appear in the New Posts search. If you do not wish to see the News Junkie's newsfeeds, ignore this user by clicking options button in this profile and choose ignore this user. If you have suggestions for more news sources to subscribe to please contact Kat via personal message.

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  1. It’s time to rejoice! The website is being updated as we speak and we will be rolling out the new changes by year’s end. We are modernizing your ability to chat and network as well as optimizing the site for mobile and creating phone apps. My name is Heather Wagenhals and I am the new publisher and Editor-in-chief for the Atlasphere. The Atlasphere founder Joshua Zader created a vibrant community for admirers of Ayn Rand’s work to share ideas and connect with others personally, professionally, and romantically. My job is to enhance your experience while you are here so you have the ability to make meaningful connections. Please update your profiles and send me a message to introduce yourself. I am Heather Wags in the directory. Additionally, if you would like to be a contributor to the Atlasphere, submit your ideas for blog posts here or featured columns here. View the full article
  2. [Ken] Connor begins by pointing out the alliance that exists between government and special interests, an alliance that runs completely counter to libertarianism and which could not exist were libertarianism triumphant. He then conflates this non-libertarian situation with “Ms. Rand’s philosophy of self-seeking individualism.” Ayn Rand was very clear in setting out a philosophy of man’s rights, which are of course violated by the very practices Connor is trying to blame her for, and which he pretends she promoted. She promoted the very opposite. — Thomas E. Woods, Jr., # Categories: Capitalism, Individualism View the full article
  3. Mike Daisey’s pop-up run of two new monologues at Seattle Repertory Theatre continues through Saturday with his piece, “F*ucking, F*ucking, F*ucking Ayn Rand.” [....] [W]hat Daisey says about the eccentric author of “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” and the influential right-wing cult that’s glommed on to her weirdly idealistic (and at times barely readable) novels, might be enlightening. Surely, it will no less than entertaining — and it’s 90 minutes long. — Melissa Davis, Seattle Times - Arts Page # Categories: Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead View the full article
  4. — Brian Lilley, Byline (Sun News) # Categories: Atheism, Capitalism, Video View the full article
  5. “Ayn Rand” [...] engages the audience from Daisey’s first words, as he raises the question of why we should talk about Ayn Rand in the first place. He doesn’t provide his own answer until the very end, but he gets us thinking about what has inspired us to attend the performance and what we hope to learn over the course of the evening. [....] One could argue that “Ayn Rand” is the most important of Daisey’s monologues. It has the potential to inspire us to think deeply about why Rand holds such sway over the American right and what the left can do about it. At this moment in our nation’s history, Daisey argues that it’s an issue we cannot avoid addressing. — Alice Kaderlan, # Categories: The Fountainhead View the full article
  6. Critics of Dorothy Klopf (“Are we building a safety net or a safety sofa?” April 21) rightly portrayed her as an advocate of Ayn Rand’s policies, but they haven’t the faintest idea whatsoever of what Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism, is all about. To argue that Rand was in favor of any concept of subsidy, grant, bail out, incentive, tax break or any other concession to corporations or businesses from their cronies in big government is absurd. It is only because of big government that lobbyists and influence peddlers can prosper. As a case in point, read Atlas Shrugged and see how Wesley Mouch, the arch villain lobbyist, is depicted. Better yet, read Rand’s capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. — Paul Hibbert, Santa Fe New Mexican # Categories: Atlas Shrugged, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Capitalism View the full article
  7. [Journo:] At the Ayn Rand Institute, we hear from fans of Rand’s writings who are inspired to study her ideas, and who want to write and speak about how those ideas apply in the world — say as scholars and professors, or as journalists and policy analysts. The Institute offers those folks courses, seminars, and grants. The idea for the livestream webinar is to share some tips with those interested in bringing Rand’s ideas to policy debates, and letting them know what resources ARI has to offer. The one I’d highlight is our Junior Fellows Program. These fellowships, which are paid positions, last up to a year. We bring on 2-4 recent college (and grad school) graduates to join ARI’s policy team to carry out research and writing, so that they gain a first-hand experience of what that kind of work is like. — Michael F. Shaughnessy, Education News # Categories: Ayn Rand Institute, Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Elan Journo View the full article
  8. Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" fantasizes a world in which anti-government citizens reject taxes and regulations, and "stop the motor" by withdrawing themselves from the system of production. In a perverse twist on the writer's theme the prediction is coming true. But instead of productive people rejecting taxes, rejected taxes are shutting down productive people. — Paul Buchheit, AlterNet # Categories: Atlas Shrugged, Capitalism View the full article
  9. I mentioned team owner [Ed] Snider's conservatism, but remember what's behind that: His lifelong fascination with the ultra-libertarian writer Ayn Rand. He even helped fund the movie of her most famous book, "Atlas Shrugged." (You can see a video of Snider praising Rand below.) [....] In short, Stalin-lover [Ilya] Bryzgalov will never eat lunch in this town again. — Philadelphia Inquirer # Categories: Atlas Shrugged, Personal life, Video View the full article
  10. Yaron Brook and Don Watkins’ book, “Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government” was published in late 2012. It stated: “With the national debt skyrocketing and recession closing out its fifth year, tens of millions of Americans are alarmed by the government’s rapid growth and are demanding that the country change course.” As the authors point out, it is not just the Democrats, but Republicans as well. Even the tea partiers say they want much less government, but offer little indication what they are willing to cut back. — Michael B. Kitz-Miller, The Daily Times (Salisbury, MD) # Categories: Altruism, Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Capitalism, Don Watkins, Egoism, Yaron Brook View the full article
  11. Contra the setup of the story, “big vs. small government” is not the best way to frame the debate. The real issue is “the proper role of government,” a question on which ARI differs from both conservatives and liberals. We are in favor of proper government functions like the police force, a function which in a laissez-faire society would not be reduced. But we would entirely eliminate improper functions, like wealth redistribution programs and regulations that burden the innocent. — Tom Bowden, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights) # Categories: Capitalism, Individual Rights, Onkar Ghate, Objectivist author View the full article
  12. A recent article on the Blaze reported that “Prominent GOP leaders have praised Ayn Rand’s philosophy and beliefs. But Rand made it clear that you can’t follow her and Christ. The GOP budget, authored by Rand acolyte Paul Ryan, is the perfect example.” How can an atheist like Ann Rand and Jesus have anything in common? Well, they can. — Chad Hovind, Beliefnet - Godonomics # Categories: Atheism, Capitalism, Individual Rights, Paul Ryan View the full article
  13. Supporters of Republican Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have launched “Rand PAC 2016.” But because the super PAC uses the potential presidential candidate’s first name, this action may violate federal law. [....] Another pro-Paul group may face a similar predicament. It christened itself the "Stand with Rand PAC" when it registered in March as a hybrid super PAC. [....] Bill Willenbrock, Stand with Rand PAC's treasurer, said his group had not been asked to change its name by the FEC, adding that he was "not aware that Ayn Rand was running for office," making reference to the deceased author, a libertarian icon. — Michael Beckel, Huffington Post # Categories: Rand Paul View the full article
  14. Notice that Dagny takes “arrogant pleasure” at the thought of a railroad cutting through an old-growth forest (“ancient trees”). It seems fairly safe to say that, in an Objectivist world, there wouldn’t be any such thing as national parks. Any preservation of wilderness would only come about because of the benevolence of wealthy landowners – except that Rand’s characters take an almost dominionist pleasure in “subduing the earth” by damming rivers, excavating mines, and cutting roads and rails through unspoiled territory. In their eyes, a piece of land with industry and business carved out of it is always better than that land left unimproved. — Adam Lee, Patheos - Daylight Atheism # Categories: Atlas Shrugged, Capitalism View the full article
  15. On May 6th, 2013 I interviewed Yaron Brook, Executive Director of the Ayn Rand Institute on the campus of the University of Toronto. Dr. Brook was in Toronto to speak on the morality of capitalism which is the focus of his latest book Free Market Revolution – How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government. We discussed the success of the Ayn Rand Institute in Canada, the virtues of being selfish, and end with the disastrous, self-sacrificial foreign policies of Israel and how that country is not doing enough to ensure its security. — Robert Vaughan, Robert Vaughan # Categories: Ayn Rand Institute, Capitalism, Egoism, Yaron Brook, Video View the full article