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Is Donald Trump a Utilitarian, a Consequentialist or an Objectivist?

Francis Levy | Posted 03.01.2017 | Arts
Francis Levy

Is Donald Trump a utilitarian, a consequentialist or an objectivist and follower of Ayn Rand who trumpeted a belief in individualism, willpower and self-interest? On the spectrum of amoral philosophical systems, objectivism is obviously the most extreme.

Ayn Rand Haters Will Hate

Madelynne Wager | Posted 05.12.2015 | Home
Madelynne Wager

After reading Rand's most famous work, Atlas Shrugged, I find my thoughts on politics and life profoundly inspired. Her characters and philosophical convictions are unapologetically pragmatic and simply refreshing. Rand's work reminds me of an important lesson: haters will hate.

Paul Ryan Reacts To John Oliver's Ayn Rand Takedown

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.01.2014 | Home

On the most recent episode of "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver asked a simple question: How is Ayn Rand still a thing? And during a HuffPost Live inte...

Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Libertarianism and transhumanism have too many deep philosophical principles in common to not grow and evolve together. The all-important role of personal freedom makes the two ideologies a natural fit for one another.

Barbara Branden, Biographer of Ayn Rand, Dies

James Peron | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
James Peron

She was a loyal and good friend to the end of her life. She is survived by Nathaniel, her former husband, and by many, many good friends -- all of whom will miss her greatly.

What if There Was a Libertarian Cover Band Called The Ayn Rands?

Jerome Halligan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

The Ayn Rands wouldn't even be a band, at least not in the conventional sense. They would be made up of one man, who might be named Earl Selfman. Earl would perform the covers a cappella, because, after all, he doesn't need a band. He doesn't need anybody.

Human Rights and Objectivism

Helena Okolicsanyi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Helena Okolicsanyi

Journalists are constantly told "don't be biased," "remain objective," and "no opinions." What about reporting on human rights issues? Do the same standards of objectivism apply here?

Alan Greenspan Is Back, and He Looks a Lot Like Larry Summers

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

As a man mired so deeply in Greenspan Economics, Summers is simply not capable of recognizing the dangers of letting the banking industry run fast and loose, or of grasping the wisdom of regulated capitalism.

Sequester: The Rise of Republican Anarchists

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The president has to hold firm, even if that means shutting down government for a spell. Perhaps then the mainstream Republican Party will expel the radicals and proclaim they are not against government, in general.

Election 2012: Ayn Rand vs Viola Spolin

Mike Bonifer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

Ayn Rand, you say? Is that what you say? When it comes to productive avenues for innovation and growth, especially in the current economic climate, the Rand approach is a recipe for personal and organizational chaos and aimlessness. Here's why.

Why Do Philosophers Ignore Ayn Rand?

Quora | Posted 12.20.2012 | Women

This question originally appeared on Quora. By John David Ward, Teacher Because Ayn Rand was not a philosopher.When people talk about Rand's "phil...

Atlas Exploited: The Clever Hoax of Ayn Rand

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.12.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

There is nothing virtuous about selfishness and there is nothing objective about Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy, which is little more than a sly attempt to whitewash her own flaws.

Ryan's 'Secret' Tape Is Even More Extreme Than Romney's

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Mitt Romney's secret video showed that he shares the delusionally sheltered and narcissistic worldview of his ultra-wealthy peer group. Paul Ryan's recording reveals his radical hostility toward the nation's most popular social programs.

Ayn Rand and Modern Politics

David Sloan Wilson | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
David Sloan Wilson

Ayn Rand created a system of thought that is just like religious fundamentalism in portraying a world without tradeoffs. This begins to explain her enduring appeal.

The Secret of Paul Ryan's Love for Ayn Rand

Spencer Critchley | Posted 10.20.2012 | Home
Spencer Critchley

An appreciation of good writing involves a sensitivity to things that matter a great deal in real life -- such as the nuance and complexity of human experience. These are missing from Ayn Rand's writing, and Paul Ryan has said that writing inspired his life's work.

Romney, Ryan, Rand: The Republican Trinity

Bob Burnett | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

By choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has not only accepted the Wisconsin conservative's baggage, but also refocused the political conversation and exposed himself as a champion of unfettered individualism.

Libertarian Until Graduation

Chris Ladd | Posted 08.11.2012 | College
Chris Ladd

The images of college students thronging to Ron Paul campaign events inspire a nostalgic twinge in me. Once I upon a time, I, too, needed nothing more in life than to be left free to achieve. I was a Libertarian, at least until graduation.

Why Ayn Rand Was Right

Gary Weiss | Posted 05.07.2012 | Home
Gary Weiss

Today, the revolution is being waged by the right. It will be successful -- unless the rest of us stop ridiculing Ayn Rand and begin taking her seriously.

Ron Paul Is No Friend to Progressives

Bob Cesca | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Ron Paul's progressive supporters might not grasp that Paul's libertarianism, while informing some of his seemingly progressive views on foreign policy and the like, carries with it a significant load of horrendous and unacceptable baggage.

Who Is Jack Ryan?

Tamsin Smith | Posted 07.26.2011 | Home
Tamsin Smith

In terms of memorable opening lines, I'm not sure any author can top Vladimir Nabokov in Lolita for pure poetry and mind-bending eroticism, but Naboko...

Paul Ryan And Ayn Rand: An Unholy Alliance

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Butler

Rep. Ryan said that the Republican budget is consistent with Catholic social teaching, but his plan reflects the philosophy of Ayn Rand more.

Remembering Ayn Rand

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.21.2011 | Home
Steve Mariotti

I met with Ayn Rand three times in the 1980s before she passed away. While I will forever reject her philosophy, I fully appreciate her influence on our world today. She was an uncannily prescient woman.

Atlas Shrugged, But You Shouldn't

Michael Shermer | Posted 06.15.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Shermer

After decades of fruitless efforts to bring Ayn Rand's epic novel Atlas Shrugged to the silver screen, the project has finally come to fruition with the first of three installments set to open on tax day 2011.

With Release of Atlas Shrugged Movie, a Rise in Rand Rants on Reason

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home
John Wellington Ennis

The idea that sides must be chosen in advance of the release of the film Atlas Shrugged feels a little frivolous. With the look of a TV movie, I doubt that the "leftists" will be out in force telling Rand fans how bad this movie it is.

The Greenspan Hornet

Robert Brenner | Posted 10.03.2011 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

By day, Alan Greenspan is a mild-mannered Federal Reserve chairman. But by night, he fights a never-ending battle against government regulation and oversight.