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Two long and involved articles that touch -- if only briefly -- on Randian ideas in culture. The first features Arthur Robinson (of interest to our intrepid Brant Gaede) and the second drags its hooks through 'right wing' science-fiction. Although I am familiar with some of Arthur Robinson's activities, the article on him has dug up a lot of detail, and is fairly well-written -- despite its bias. The 'right-wing' science fiction article has a case of over-reach, but as with the Robinson article, digs up some material that might be of interest to OLers, if only to encourage critical attention. The Grandfather Of Alt-Science Art Robinson has seeded scientific skepticism within the GOP for decades. Now he wants to use urine to save lives. By Daniel Engber Filed under Science Skeptics Published Oct. 12, 2017 ... STAR WARS & GOD EMPERORS The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall Pournelle, Gingrich and Trump see a future that must be secured by authoritarian institutions that group together humanity’s best and prevent the rest from stifling them. David Auerbach DAVID AUERBACH 09.17.17 1:00 AM ET