Loads of Ayn Rand-related content spilling out onto the web the last couple days with Atlas Shrugged arriving in theaters. A decent sampling includes the Mises Daily piece “The Continued Relevance of Rand’s Villains”; the hysterical and shallow Think Progress video “The Truth About GOP Hero Ayn Rand”; a typically balanced bit from Cathy Young (“I believe that Rand is underappreciated and often unfairly maligned. But I also fear that the current Rand vogue often focuses on the worst, not the best, aspects of her legacy”); Kurt Loder and P.J. O’Rourke pannings; a more positive take from Brian Doherty; the Reason video embedded below; and, of course, the surly eFilmCritic review that namechecks this very magazine:
As you may have surmised from the occasionally snarky tone of what I have written thus far, I am not exactly a fan of Ayn Rand, though my objection to her is based less on her philosophy and more on the fact that her books are virtually unreadable garbage that feature narratives that play like bizarre fusions of a year’s subscription to “The American Spectator” and dime-store romance novels that are written with the kind of prose stylings rarely seen outside of meatpacking guides…
Sure, friend, we surmised, alright — and we’ll even take you at your word that you actually have the sort of intimate familiarity with a year’s worth of our magazine to make such a definitive statement about the objective reality of AmSpec, not to mention meatpacking guides and cheap romance novels. (We aren’t judging!)
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?