Category Archives: Rand (Ayn)

Ayn Rand Likes Systems, Not Humans

Ayn Rand’s novels appeal to those who prefer systems over people.

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With Ryan as VP, Rand Seizes the GOP

With Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential choice, Ayn Rand’s novels have taken over the GOP.

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Lit Sightings in Political Op-Eds

Pundits have recently been turning to literature to comment on the 2012 elections.

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Ayn Rand vs. the Catholic Bishops

The attack of the Catholic Bishops on Paul Ryan’s devotion to Ayn Rand’s ideas puts “Atlas Shrugged” once again in the news.

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Grendel as a Norwegian Christian Fascist

Apparently Anders Breivik was very well read and he mentions George Orwell, Franz Kafka, and Ayn Rand. What I find striking about them on the list is that they all articulate high levels of paranoia.

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Ayn Rand vs. America’s Social Safety Net

Normally I prefer to write on great literature, not on novels that make our lives worse. But given the outsized impact that novelist and social philosopher Ayn Rand is currently having on current American political discourse, literature blogs need to pay attention.

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Analyzing Loughner’s Booklist

Like much of America, I am still in a state of shock over Saturday’s shooting of a Congresswoman, a judge, and 16 others. Like many I wonder if this was an example of a disturbed mind encountering the inflamed political rhetoric that has come to characterize American political discourse. (Add Arizona’s permissive gun laws into […]

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Clarence Thomas and Native Son

The focus in this week’s posts is on Supreme Court justices and literature. I notice that, in his New York Times column today, moderate conservative David Brooks endorses Sonia Sotomayor for just that restrained balance that we discussed yesterday as we explored her early love for Nancy Drew novels. Today I’m going to talk about […]

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