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A personal statement on Ayn Rand

January 4, 2014  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Individualism, Intellectual, Objectivism, Personal

The topic of Ayn Rand's personal life, how it could have affected her philosophy, and whether her overall philosophy is truly valid, has come up regularly lately on my Facebook timeline. And for good reason. Many who go through a phase of identifying closely with Ayn Rand's philosophy later come to disavow the term "Objectivist." Often one factor in their decision is simply that they can't stand the moralistic-antagonistic antics of those in the orthodox branch of the Objectivist movement, even though they still agree with the basics of Rand's philosophy. Others stop calling themselves "Objectivist" for more substantive reasons. Some of ...

Book recommendation: “Hunter” by Robert Bidinotto

September 25, 2011  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Individualism, Intellectual, Objectivism, Reviews

I like inspirational novels with a significant moral message, such as Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. They hit us on multiple levels: supplying entertainment, giving intelligent food for thought, and providing inspiration and emotional fuel for facing the challenges of leading The Good Life. With that in mind, Robert Bidinotto's novel Hunter: A Thriller hit the spot. I found the writing crisp, the characters interesting, and the interplay of plot and theme to be tight and compelling. I was far more moved than I expected to be, particularly by the love relationship between Dylan Hunter and ...

On the psychological impact of the Atlas Shrugged movie

April 19, 2011  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Current Events, Individualism, Intellectual, Objectivism

Brian Wright offers some insightful reflections after seeing the Atlas Shrugged movie. These pargaraphs caught my attention as particularly noteworthy: Tonight I find myself clarifying several of the key ideas that Ayn Rand developed that were expressed in the movie. Here are the four key ideas I see in ASM: Innovation and the joy of creation The importance of industrial production Egoism and reason vs. altruism, faith, and force The distinction between the productive class and the political class Each of these points emerges from time to time as the theme of Atlas Shrugged comes forward: That theme is "What happens to society when the 'men ...

Reason TV interviews Atlasphere founder Joshua Zader

November 9, 2009  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Buddhism, Individualism, Intellectual, Objectivism, Personal

The interview, titled "Dating in the Atlasphere," was actually conducted in August 2008, but they've waited a while to publish it as part of a long series of interviews about Ayn Rand's legacy. From Reason TV's summary: Joshua Zader's intellectual relationship with Ayn Rand began as it does for so many, during his college years. He then blazed a trail uniquely his own among Rand admirers by creating The Atlasphere—an online networking and dating site for the fans of Rand's novels with particular emphasis on The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Zader found inspiration in Rand's portrayals of independence and integrity, ...

On having betrayed Ayn Rand 50 years ago

June 11, 2009  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Intellectual, Objectivism

I received the following today from an Atlasphere member. Our form for removing yourself from the member database asks for a reason for the removal and, inside that form, he wrote: You are associated with the Brandens, and novelist Erika Holzer, who do not represent Objectivism and have morally betrayed it's creator. Out of respect for Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism, I withdraw my membership and support from your institution. In the six years since I launched the Atlasphere, I've received only a handful of e-mails such as this one. It is usually from a young Objectivist, very sincere and ...

The Socratic method in education

June 18, 2008  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Individualism, Intellectual

I enjoyed this interview with Michael Strong on Socratic Practice in education. The interviewer, by the way, is from the same Francisco Marroquin University that we noted recently at the Atlasphere, for their pro-freedom political views.

Buying a Spot on the Syllabus … for Atlas Shrugged

February 27, 2008  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Individualism, Objectivism, Politics

(Cross-posted from the Atlasphere's Ayn Rand meta-blog.) Inside Higher Ed Editor Scott Jaschik kindly sent a link to his new story "Buying a Spot on the Syllabus," which is indeed very interesting. He begins: Some professors at Marshall University believe that the institution has crossed an ethical line by accepting a gift that requires that a specific book — Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged — be taught in a course. While the criticisms have come from professors who are not fans of Rand’s philosophy, they stress that their objection has nothing to do with this particular book, and that they would have no problem ...

Atlas Shrugged Movie Updates from Executive Producer John Aglialoro

February 25, 2008  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Objectivism

If you're hungry for information about the coming Atlas Shrugged movie (how much was it delayed by the writers strike? how firmly committed is Angelina?) don't miss the new interview with John Aglialoro at the Atlasphere.

Walter Donway: “The Struggle for Poetry’s Soul”

February 1, 2008  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Intellectual, Objectivism, Reviews

Walter Donway just sent the following announcement, which explains the significance of his essay as well as anything I might hope to write: My brief essay "The Struggle for Poetry's Soul" just went up on the popular Atlasphere web site. In the essay, I try to suggest why it is important to restore the traditional craft and enduring values of poetry, being lost today in the blizzard of "free verse," deliberate difficulty, and rejection of popular values such as rhyme and storytelling in so much of contemporary poetry. With whatever talent I may have, I am trying to explore the ...

Vadim Perelman’s “House of Sand and Fog”

October 23, 2007  ·  Category: Atlasphere, Objectivism, Reviews

Last week I watched the DVD of Atlas Shrugged movie director Vadim Perelman's House of Sand and Fog. (For more background about the Atlas Shrugged movie, I can't recommend highly enough Robert Bidinotto's new article "Major Updates on the Atlas Shrugged Movie" at the Atlasphere.) Since Perelman's going to be the proverbial "god" of the new Atlas Shrugged movie, I figured it would be worth witnessing his previous cinematic work first-hand. This is a dark movie, no question about it. I can easily imagine some Ayn Rand fans liking the movie, and others actively disliking it. The writing, acting, and ...