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Thoughts and Prayers Are Costing Us a Fortune
"Our lead story tonight after much hemming and Hong about the downsides financial accountability in government, the trump administration reluctantly agreed to release a Herschel accounting of whatever happened to those billions upon billions of dollars entrusted to them under the Corona Virus Aid Relief and Economic Securities Act and confirmed every terrible thing. We assumed about the administration's stewardship of our money, including the fact that they didn't give two shits. If you found out how crooked they're stewardship of our money has bet. But to be fair unless your doctor evil. You'RE GONNA be way off on the numbers. Terrifying Republicans actually argued that oversight of the giant Relief Fund to make sure the money gets distributed responsibly would be an irresponsible west of government mony. Exactly now we don't have all the details because these numbers were released in such a way as to ensure that plenty of outright theft could still happen. Only recipients who received over one hundred and fifty thousand loans were listed, and all we were given was a range so given how much information was made public, if the administration straight up pocketed half of it, we wouldn't know about that yet, but even what we do know is plenty to raise eyebrows like for example. Find out when we get trump's tax returns. Yeah, right right now as soon as the audits over for example, a couple of things to already piss you off. The number of businesses directly connected to members of Goddamn Congress and the trump administration that were approved for loans, or for the fact, that is not the line ran. Institute got sticking. Out of the deal, but the number that really leaves off the page me is the nearly ten billion dollars that went directly into the pockets of clergy. Okay to be fair America's biggest export is being wrong. No. Meat Supply. What you mean. Whatever? I. Say the Ayn Rand Yassin. toot, except in a government bailout apply for government. bailouts lasts yes, just weeping as they did. A hard one. Oh I bet it wasn't for him though because they never meant what they said, anyway in all according to estimates from American atheist, churches receive between six point, two and nine point seven billion dollars minimum. Right now we don't know 'cause. They only released ranges, but keep in mind. The any church got one, hundred, forty, nine, thousand, nine, hundred and ninety nine dollars, or less, isn't on the list. In addition to that another four point eight billion went to private schools, predominantly Christian wants, and you know according to Bucket Supreme Court. That's the same as the church when they want it to be. You there's a bunch of those churches at one, forty, nine, nine, nine nine. teed. Yeah exactly so as American atheist, President Nick Fish pointed out quote in two months. The trump administration has given churches and religious schools more than double the CDC's annual budget and quote. So you know when it comes to corona virus mitigation, the most expensive ticket item right now might actually be thoughts and prayers.
The Mind Financing The Future
"When powerful people use their advantage to engage in new involuntary transfers of wealth safety or freedom from those too weak to defend themselves. The winners are almost always forced to create an idealism as a cover for their siphoning in simpler terms. These idealisms are actually cover stories or bespoke fig leaves which almost exactly fit. The extraction are taking that they are tailored mask once. This is understood. We realized that to test this theory. Each wave of idealism would have to be matched to a highly specific effective confession for an injustice that pervaded the era in which it was found. This concept of idealism as disguising theft is of course an upsetting cognitive shift get is therefore naturally initially difficult to come to see the waves of idealism that characterized each era that we have lived through not as the best of our aspirations for a better world but rather as the photographic negative of the greed of our own ruling classes for example. The idealism of United States competitiveness was everywhere in the nineteen eighties and early to mid Nineteen Ninety S. At that time it seemed to be about the need for all Americans to pull together and get back into fighting shape as a country looking below the surface however it was not really about the need of managers owners and workers to pull together through shared austerity to reinvigorate American industry. Rather it was a false idealism. That instructed organized American Labor to give up hard won gains that were then not matched by comparable sacrifices from the other groups. Once the United States Labor had been sufficiently humbled in attenuated in its power by the Mid Nineteen Ninety S. The drumbeat of patriotic competitiveness gave way to the post National Davos idealism of a world without borders singing the praises of Financial Inclusion Trade Immigration and philanthropy with the Maudlin sediments of nine hundred eighty five. We are the world as its anthem. The purpose of the Post National Movement was not to include those overseas but instead to allow the wealthy of the industrialized world to break the bonds with their fellow citizens of the working class and to access cheaper labor. Pools abroad using far-flung supply chance likewise the idealism of so-called constructive engagement with governments like communist China's would be seen through this lens as the rationalization for ignoring issues of human rights and strategic risk in such a way as to benefit economically in the short-term selling out American interests in the long-term meanwhile back home in the states the techno Utopian perspective that arose dominate. The Bay area of California held. That information just wants to be free and that now. Transparency is king because privacy is dead perversely as you would expect in this theory. This hippie dippy sounding digital vision is exactly what ushered in the surveillance economy as the platforms became not windows but half silvered mirror through which the social media barons learned every intimate detail about their users. These startups turn techno behemoths. Turned the most intimate personal details of our private lives into their proprietary business. Data which was as far from free or transparent as one could possibly imagine the idealism of gender and identity to fits the exact pattern second wave feminism seemed to be about recognizing the intrinsic worth of women in the workforce but it may also be seen as an employer dream to push out the labor supply curve in such a way as to make the previous single breadwinner household require a second income just to keep pace the politics of identity which caught fire in the wake of the twenty ten. Colorado Senate upset are explained largely by economists. Pm Alana's theory. That identity is the cheapest substitute for the Labor Voting Block which demanded far more significant economic concessions. More bizarrely the strange media ritual of pointing the finger of Islamaphobia at anyone who dares ask about a mass murderer in which the killer triumphantly shouts of the hawk. Bar Emits. Bloody and sadistic mayhem may well be about protecting transfer. Payments from oil-rich monarchies while the official admonition to see the Niqab hit job burqa and clitoridectomy predominantly ethnic differences or symbols of female. Liberation is so absurd to go along way towards establishing the need for some theory. Is this to fill the space. The left-leaning idealism of making housing affordable for all that too many bad loans inflated the housing bubble while the right-leaning Ayn Rand Ian Idealism of self regulating markets practiced by Alan Greenspan allowed the banks to privatize gains while socializing the risks losses. The giving pledge to May well be an attempt to keep governments from clawing back unpaid taxes from carefully sheltered fortunes or establishing wealth and asset taxes in a period of radical inequality. In this sense it can be seen as something of a bargain if I promise to screw over my own children for charity. I hope that you will leave me alone and unquestioned to enjoy my vast and carefully sheltered wealth while I'm alive and as we have just seen with the Biden endorsements from Speaker Nancy Pelosi Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former Senator Hillary Clinton. The metoo movement appears to be less about sexual assault and more about adding a tool for extra-judicial vigilantism which can be wielded selectively or kept sheath according to taste suffice it to say that. Hashtag believe all women has now given way to hash tag believe convenient women so you may ask. Why bring this up now? Well in my opinion what we need now is someone who is not part of any of the official idealisms. Of course that would have sounded quite weird in isolation if I had simply said that we need an anti Utopian to lead us. Wouldn't we want someone envision a dreamer doer hybrid two point the way? No we want someone who is not signed on for any of these horrible anti patriotic charades from either party. Someone who never believed in free trade free markets nationalism housing for all deregulation competitiveness etcetera etcetera. We need someone who is not closed with Jeffrey Epstein who does not possess significant financial relationships abroad. Additionally someone alienated by both the hardline pro-life pro-choice perspectives. Would be perfect for where most Americans are today since the time of Nixon. We've been in an era of predatory idealism with our best impulses used against us from both right and left. It is now time to get back to the hard work of cleaning up from two disastrous generations of failed business people politicians reporters in professors and perhaps most importantly we need to flush our dependence on near totalitarian communist China out of our system before it is too late
"ayn rand" Discussed on Venture Stories
"You intervene spiritual leaders. Anybody I mean just like many thinkers ritual of. Who's the Newton today? Oh the Weinstein of today. It's these kind of genius. Come around very rarely man was a genius that I don't think we fully appreciate how much of a genius I think future. Generations will and it's just isn't anybody of Ocala and who to push this forward dos. There's nobody else to do it. I wonder if some ideas need to be modified or expanded upon to have it more mainstream audience to have it sort of hockey hockey stick inflection. Point that we love it's valley so a couple questions for you. One is in detail. Dr Explain the difference between objective libertarianism. Then let's talk about Cowan. Economists had arisen post about state capacity libertarianism. Some people saw that as a surrender by hammered or. Try to modify Libertarian Vision and then address a couple of problems. I see with Libertarian. These one is the non aggression principle typically loses because someone strikes you first and you're not prepared for it and then stick against that. The second is that live and let live is not as inspiring as a philosophy as maybe winner helped win or other more inclusive communal philosophies that tend to win how even though there were maybe objectivism of the sure so I can come on this and fill in so first off. Yeah objectivism versus libertarianism. I think this is a good one. A lot of people don't know the difference are the same thing the best characterization of libertarianism in a nutshell that I think I heard from actually a different objective philosopher Robert Mayhew. I think it was. He said Libertarian. Is Somebody who believes. There should be little or no government and doesn't seem much difference between local government and no government. So you've basically got within libertarianism. You've basically got the You've got one faction that's kind of. Maybe the Minorca sts who think government is really a necessary evil and we should minimize it. And then you've got this other faction in the anarchists who believe that it's an unnecessary evil and we should get rid of it objectivism now if you don't know much about the difference injectors and Libertarianism about. I'm about to blow your mind. Objectivism believes that our government is good so in general objectives and doesn't believe necessary evils. Right if it's necessary. It's actually good if it's evil is unnecessary. Government is unnecessary good in objectivism. It's just the G- A good government is one. That's very strictly limited to certain functions. Friend would say to protecting individual rights and so so that's the difference objectives and actually sees a good role government just like an extremely delimited goal a much smaller scope of government than than what we have today so cowan for those who don't know is an economist at George Mason. Part of this thing called the mercatus center and you wrote a blog post about a week ago or so called. Stink Capacity Libertarianism. Which is his term for what he thinks libertarianism movement should become or where it should go there. Were you know maybe some good points in there too reminding Libertarians of some of the good things that government can do some of the benefits it brings my critique of it would be the term state capacity is vague and encompasses? I think it could just together or maybe a clue between two different things one is. How effective is the government are they do? They actually get stuff done when they want to. Efficiently and effectively and then the other is the scope of government. So what thing is government take on? Do they do the military? Do they build the roads? Do they run the schools? Do they fund science et Cetera? And so I think there's there's not much benefit to anybody if the government takes on a project and they botch it and they spend a bunch of money and nothing and nothing comes of it right so like. I don't know anybody who argues the government should ought to be in effective but I think what we should talk about and have a theory about is what is the proper scope of government and so what pilot put out as quote unquote state capacity libertarianism. What I did not see in there was any kind of a theory for guidance. As to what is the proper scope of government so that just leaves it pretty much open without a theory. You've gotta just muddle through case by case and and debate everything. I think what we really need is a good theory of what is the proper scope. So I'm going to be a little less. Generous about Libertarian. And Libertarianism means nothing really because it's a mishmash of a lot of different things and it's got Sony different types and and they don't have a principal in which twist and you mentioned. One attempted a principle which is called the non aggression principle which tyler of course with jets were still considers. Herself a libertarian. So then you don't have any principles on which libertarianism risks. It's just a mishmash of stuff that generally means leaving people alone. What he'd say live and let live but not too much and not always only sometimes and sometimes too much. You know some Libertarians. If you WANNA have sex with children that's okay too because they didn't say no or whatever it's nuts in that sense and and that's why I never talk about being a cause this this big tent. I don't know what it means. I don't I don't belong in that ten to some of the people in that center real Weirdos and I don't want to be right. I'm not part of that tent. Jet There was a philosophy. Would Jason just articulated it all right but it's just pushing the philosophy. It's about the political philosophy. We have views on so many more things and objective. Use rational views about so many things that have much more important than politics in a sense essentially the foundation for politics so you mentioned aggression principle. We don't believe in the non-immigration Pittsburgh there's no principle so that's a libertarian conception which you believe in individual rates and we believe that to join a mall concept founded on a particular view of morality. And if you don't have that particular view of morality all this nonaggression stuff means nothing to you. Need Ninety nine percent of humanity thinks aggression. It's fine if it's for good. 'cause conception of government is principle. It's there to protect individual rights period in particular individuals. For example. You need a military needed a strong military because they're bad actors and if they attack you you've got to be able to go over there and crush on now seal battalion talk about cushing but you will objectivism for you need a police for actually protects us from people. Commit crimes violate individual rights? And you need a judiciary and you need an objective system of law actually figured out what populates on who can use. What where and how to enforce these things and in its complexity see nita legislature to figure this out. Because it doesn't just come about and Libertarians reject all that so and this goes to you again you said Yeah. Live-and-let-live is not inspiring. I agree live and let live is not an objective as Moto. Whereabout live really live. And how do you live well? One one way to live is by engaging in win-win transactions with other people in getting better by trading with other people and they get better which I think is much point spiting and again I made novels and I can't think of anything more inspiring than particular novels. And of course that's how all of us were introduced so sh- I think part of what who's us. Is that confusion with libertarianism? And not having cloudy and what it is. I actually stood phone actually represented so. What's the country that you feel? Best represents our government best represents objectives philosophy to is. This might be the philosophical version of if you're if you're so smart. Why aren't you rich? If objectivism is such a good philosophy and so universal why why is it not more mainstream? Does it? So I was asked this question. I was doing a debate with socialist and in inning wind and they asked us this question. So what's the country closest represent your particular view and my socialist opponent? Things says look. There's no country this exactly what I believed. I say the closest as Venezuela Cuba and I. I started laughing hard. You could say myself because you mean the country people. Will you swim with Sharks and escape? That's your model so I to give a country which is not easy to and I had to say the same thing no country. What's the closest I don't know there's nothing really The country's on economic spectrum affair countries from from other terms of whites only places like New Zealand and Switzerland in the United States relatively free relative to options but none of them come close and not a single one of them that the United States that its founding even there with massive contradiction with slavery particularly right none of them founded on this principle the idea of individual rights as the purpose of government as what the government should do. I can't remember the second part of the question. We let the second part of the question. Why are we winning? This was again. How we differentiate ourself a libertarian. Right because I think it's legitimate to ask that in. A sense of the issue is really just economics and politics economics with gun. We won that debate and even Milton. Friedman won that debate all the economic arguments from Lacson. Canes just wrong make no sense. We want so in that sense. Yeah why it's simple because because of what we talked about earlier in the day because what we're asking people to place a mole views the mall code. I think we will win. I have no doubt we will win. But it's GonNa take a long time because the fact is that Christianity had two thousand years to build up a huge resistant to anything else and at Mall Code. That says the meek shall inherit the oath we should be focused on the meek. We should be focused. On those who are needy that's everything and altruism as a as a philosophical model idea that dominates every aspect of our culture and it's so ingrained and it's so institutionalized it's just gonNa take a long time and it requires a lot of work and it requires a lot of effort and one of the great tragedies to bring you back to. Silicon Valley is a businessman particularly leading leading technology businessman. Don't complete you realize how good they are. Don't link up with Iran and then don't use to defend they companies enter defendable coach. People imagine if a visa stood up and said you know this is the world. This is the book. Think of think of what would happen. If Steve Jobs has said it wasn't he said he was heavily inspired by shrugged. Imagine if Steve Jobs said that. Imagine if you used that in defending his company then I think the world would change. We need some of those great business. Leaders actually become engaged in this battle that I think all of us are fighting to make the world a better place based on iron man's ideas. They have huge influence. They don't know how much influence they have now. I WANNA talk about private property rights and individual a little bit so on the property. Front some people will often say that the government should get out should be based not in question except for private property. Which of course involves of course and I'm curious if we if we would be open to seeing him objectiveness but he opened a property like technology something that can be improved a couple examples if my house in San Francisco increases in value. I haven't done anything to the property. I'm the one who captures all that value..
"ayn rand" Discussed on Venture Stories
"You to our panelists. We have joining with us. Eric Torn Bud Jason Crawford and you're on Brooke and they're going to discuss some of the ideas we've raised today about the ideas that can destroy or save silicon valley and the bring their own expertise to this topic. I'm I'm thrilled to hear the conversation. So why don't you guys take it away? Chur everybody Americ- Tornberg co-founder of village Global Ondeck goebbels a venture capital firm venture capitalist and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley into me to have this conversation with with these guys and let's start with random silicon valley. What do we wish that? Silicon Valley truly understood about rand objectivism. What do they get? What do we fail to appreciate so I stopped by the fact that I think? Silicon Valley has appreciated large extent. So I talked about this a lot of the people who founded Silicon Valley with the very least inspired by Ayn rand in in in the business activity in kind of approach and the energy and the passion that they took and I think some of the confidence they had in founding. The valley spoken to many many entrepreneurs maybe of the earlier generation more so than the younger generation who are passionate about brand and and she helped shape their lives but I think there are few things one is I think that the Heroes Right. The productive capacity the ability to change the world to production. Using your mind. There's a WHO warwick activity and and that is that it's model activity that they are. Malo does not just kind of business. He was with Malo Heroes because they are. They are making the most of their life pursuing a passionate love what they do which is a beautiful thing to be able to do what you love to do. All of our lives. So it's it really is that they are Malo Hugh us and I think the thing is that you know that you and I think they know this implicitly that the source of all this innovation and successes is not just a passion and they will and so the reason and to value that fully end to fully express that that it is reason and their own personal values that make them Roy who woke individuals. I think if Silicon Valley understood that and therefore a subsidiary to that understood that what they require therefore is the freedom to use their mind and to pursue their passion. Then I think we live in a different world. What would rans commentary about Silicon Valley today? You know we've seen in the last decade last fifteen years. Silicon Valley go from the darling that enabled Obama enabled the Arab spring to the devil that has enabled trump facebook controversy uber etc. Would Rans commentary be today or call to talking about okay? Speaking her and I don't know I'll start with brand would say stuff that I could never imagine. She was genius. I'm not I think would be first of all what made Silicon Valley galling what made so it could values massive thing to be admired. Had another string Obama. It had to do with this like this. Is My iphone as usual. And all the amazing now we seige rate we forget that. Silicon Valley started with HP and with with Intel and with with apple and the whole Internet. And that you know the problem war today is less silicon. Valley's change though. I think it has a little bit changing. It's that the world doesn't appreciate the extent to which Silicon Valley a shaped your world shaped Alexa completely different today than they were thirty years ago. Just think about the things you did it on a day-to-day basis it. Where you went for information. How how you interacted with Computers Director? With what kind of jobs people have changed all of that is Silicon Valley? Silicon Valley should be put on the hill now because in politics because impact they'd had an individual lives and it's been overwhelmingly positive. Impact extent that people can relate to this technology so then the question is why is why turned against Silicon Valley and the world stood against again not because of the politics not because of trump now because of all of that now because Uber country. Quite how many people's lives not impacted by UBER? I mean we're all better off those of us who travel at least all better off. No it's because the wool does become less admiring of success. The world has become. I think is therefore not Silicon Valley to less appreciative of productive. Ability of of people. Don't see the connection between their rise instead of living the quality of life and all the value that the values produced for them and all of these focus on is on these things that are problematic completely evade completely ignored the massive benefits. So they can rally is being the world has become well trysted more collectivistic and more controlling using it added that I think it's self has become more apologetic and less sort of moral justification for its own heroism. As you said earlier I think part of what's going on with the height of public sentiment and the media seeming to turn against kind of tech in general is just that check one. It won the world. You know the top the top companies today top most valuable companies the world. Our company is Software is beginning to hitting the point where tech companies are not just creating computers and writing software. But they are. They're taking over every industry right. So Uber is not a software company Transportation Company. That's beating out other transportation companies with better software. Flexiport company I used to work for is a entering the freight logistics business and beating out other logistics companies with better software. And this is what Marc Andreessen predicted is almost a decade ago when he wrote this thing he's a softwares eating the world and that is exactly what has happened and so in general you always see. Public sentiment turned against a thing once it becomes a successful and powerful when the underdog. Everybody roots for you. There was a great article somebody wrote. I forget. The name of the author talked about how media is like a clock and it starts at midnight. You're popular and then as the clock turns around you know like you're on the ascendancy and then around a six o'clock you're the devil and they should completely turn against you and then you fall and then maybe you get to midnight and they or rebirth. But I think that's what's happening. The clock is all of tech not just one. Company is swinging around six o'clock. We've tech has taken over the world and in mostly a good way But anytime you get that big the narrative is you have power and thereby or I. I can't imagine Steve Jobs apologizing the way marks is completely different generation. Right and again. I think it has to do maybe with Iran right if I wanted to be positive about this. There was that founding generation Silicon Valley that may be drew inspiration from grant from other sources. Well then I think was much more confident that much more certain about the value that creating the benefit. They were quitting unwilling to defend themselves. I think even they should have been even stronger in their defense but suddenly the Zuckerberg's people in Google today even Pezo's away from the limelight and hiding some corner or some Caribbean island with With a certain element that he doesn't WanNa get involved right but he's certainly not out there defending Amazon and look. If there's any company that should be easy to defend because it's changed lives in profound ways right now it should be Amazon. But yet that isn't at the forefront because partially because. I think it's not just partially. I think the valley really was hit hard by what happened to Bill Gates and Microsoft when the government would have to get changed some of the the the attitude of everybody. Michael crushed many got crushed in a central standing up. I mean there was the famous Senate hearing where they go in front of my spending on lobbying it had no presence in. Dc did nothing. They motor was you. Leave us alone will leave you alone. And they didn't want to be involved in politics and then all it hat stands up and says you guys got to build you and you've got to be here and you gotta spend money you've got to bite me and all my friends and Microsoft said No. We're not interested and they got crushed that I think it's for that I think a Lotta people attributed for so when Google was founded. Google was founded about the same time as this was happening to Michael who go made a conscious decision for very early on. We'RE GONNA pay off everybody. Wait a by everybody out. We're going to give the Democrats are going to get. You're going to get involved in this political thing and I think that we can step position. They don't have that self esteem. They don't have that confidence and they're afraid of it right because they know what happened to Bill Gates and Microsoft got so I see one of the challenges of today. In for a while now reconciling Gal terrorism and meritocracy think we all the way back to Christianity Christianity sort of the great inversion of evaluation of allegation of strong devaluation of the week. I will be last shall be first. Make sure on earth seeing the problems with that image Willpower Success Mary achievement and ran the spiritual successor to she. Hey It's twenty twenty you. An ran was a long time ago. Libertarianism is less popular. Whatever people don't even know directive as a means in today's culture mainstream culture? So why is that? Why is it holy unpopular today? Why they lost the Culture War. Who is the spiritual successor to Iran? How do we? How do we get meritocracy back on track at least arena with with the Galaxy and UNPACK got? Some is a sense in which continues the path of Nietzsche this sense of which she takes in a completely new direction completely different direction. She replaces this. I give the will and emotion if you will with with with reason and morality morality based on reason which I don't think Nietzsche could really conceive of so there's a vast offensive between the two and I'm not convinced that you're right in terms of popularity being being at a low point now again is. There's a difference between objectivism libertarianism. But I'm not convinced that because I don't know the when it was great so I I think that what you're seeing with objective is what Iranians ideas with a view of the world is. It's slowly increasing. Now We'd love to see that but it's a slow steady increase and yes we have the illusion that it's more powerful than it is. Let's say with a tea party where everybody's holding up signs of WHO is John Up. But they didn't have a clue what we're talking about really so the number of people who actually get it. Great who actually embraced. These ideas are committed to these ideas constantly growing but at a slow pace and hasn't hit that you know that inflection point that in Silicon Valley you talk a lot about and maybe hopefully we'll see that inflection point happening in our lifetimes I don't know but it's it's not that has not diminished at the same time. What's happening so you've got this the political world the conventional the world in which we all live out there is the to me which we would expect right because they're no good ideas. Good ideas are still being at the mall. So while objective is increase the rest of the whole of the chew of any faster than we're growing and we don't have we don't have that influence and I over other than continue to do what we do and maybe new things but trying to expand to each and trying to get people a greater understanding of these ideas. I don't know how you shortcut that. Yeah and how you? How how?.
"ayn rand" Discussed on Encyclopedia Womannica
"I came here to be heard in the name of every man of independence still left in the world. I wanted to state my terms. I do not care to work or live on on any others. My terms are a man's right to exist for his own Satan. Hello from Wonder Media Network. I'm Jenny any Kaplan. And this is encyclopedia will Manica. Today's Beautiful Mind is a controversial twentieth century writer and philosopher who's had an outsized the impact on various American political movements. Well into the twenty first century. Let's talk about Ayn rand. A Lisa Rosenbaum. Tom was born on February second. Nineteen O five in Saint Petersburg Russia to an upper middle class Jewish family. Her father was a prosperous pharmacist. Eliza the eldest of three children was tutored at home as a child and later enrolled in a progressive school where she excelled academically. She had a much harder time. MM socializing with other students and was fairly isolated following the Russian revolution of nineteen seventeen when the Russian monarchy was overthrown by the communist this Bolsheviks Elisa's father's pharmacy was confiscated by Communist authorities. The family was deeply affected by this and eliecer resented the event for the rest of her life a Lisa attended Leningrad State University where she studied history after graduating in nineteen twenty four. She started a degree at the State Institute for Cinematography and screenwriting and got the opportunity to move to the United States. She left under the pretext of learning learning about the American film industry. Bring back dot knowledge to the Soviet Union Alisa Rosenbaum arrived in the US in nineteen twenty six and immediately changed her name to iron rand. I lived with cousins in Chicago for her first six months and then made her way out to Hollywood. Ali would once in La a chance encounter with producers cease. Ob led to a job as an extra one of his films. Eventually she turned this into a job as a junior screenwriter. Well working for de Mille. I met actor Frank O'Connor and the two were married in nineteen twenty nine soon after where I was hired to work in the Wardrobe Department at our Ko radio pictures within the year. She was head of the Department at night. She diligently wrote stories plays and film outlines. I I play. Night of January. Sixteenth was produced in Los Angeles in Nineteen thirty four. It was an ode individualism in the form of a courtroom drama after running successfully in La. I and her husband moved to New York City to oversee oversee the plays production on Broadway where it also had a successful run first novel we. The living was published the two years later in nineteen thirty six it's a semi autobiographical romance focused on. How Soviet to Tell A -Tarian ISM subjugated the individual an individual interests to those of the state? The combination of overt romance philosophy combined Miss Single Work of fiction was a winning formula. Ironwood us again and again in in her novels in nineteen thirty six and also started work on the first two major novels published seven years later in nineteen forty three. The fountainhead is the story of genius architect who blows up public housing project. He designed after it was altered against his wishes by government bureaucrats. He He subsequently put on trial and eventually delivers a lengthy speech. His defense in which he argues for individualism over collectivism and egoism over altruism truism. The jury acquits him on all charges. The fountainhead received a majority of bad reviews from literary critics. But its popularity spread by word of mouth and it was soon a best seller. I sold the movie rights to Warner Brothers and wrote the screenplay herself. There's this Howard roar. It was great talent but unwilling to compromise his ideals that any right in nineteen forty five. I began sketching out. What's generally considered to would be her? masterwork atlas shrugged based heavily on concepts already discussed in the. FOUNTAINHEAD atlas shrugged. Imagines a world on the verge of economic collapse in which collectivists have exploited the most productive and creative citizens to benefit the undeserving and laziest members of society. A band of elite producers led by Hero John Galt essentially go on strike to force the government to recognize their economic freedom and greater value to society the heroes then watches the national economy and the social system are destroyed because of their absence. I'm called her. Philosophy laid out in the fountainhead and atlas shrugged objectivism awesome. She described it as he has to hold reason as an absolute by which I mean that he has to hold a reason as he's only guide to action and that he must leave by independent judgement of his own mind that he's highest moral purpose is the achievement of his his own. Heavens and that he must not for other people nor accept their right to force him that each man end must leave as an end in himself and follow his own. Rational self kinder's atlas shrugged was an immediate bestseller though. It was thoroughly attacked by critics from across the political spectrum for its perceived immorality selfishness and general misanthrope. He I fame grew along with the popularity of her novels us and she spoke at universities and appeared on TV. Shows like sixty minutes. I developed a large following particularly among Libertarians. Say Fair Capitalists Capitalists and publish newsletters about her beliefs and the tenants of objectivism still. She was constantly frustrated by her inability to gain acceptance from academic philosophers and other serious intellectuals. I died in New York City on March. Six nine thousand nine hundred eighty two of heart failure at her funeral a six foot flower arrangement in the shape of a dollar sign was placed near her casket. After her death. I ns work continued to have a major impact on society. Many historians and political scientists believe that her works contributed to the increased popularity of libertarianism. UNISOM in the United States during the nineteen nineties and two thousands starting in two thousand nine I and also served as a major influence on the tea party movement. It's it's for these political influences that China's mostly remembered today as always. We'll be taking a break for the weekend but tune in on Monday for the story of another another beautiful mind this week of Encyclopedias. 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"ayn rand" Discussed on Overdue
"Do you know what I'm saying. Oh I know exactly what you're saying and especially because it's also the people getting ahead in this book are like White Dudes also put together But it just it M- Um Yeah it is just but for the people with the opportunity to take advantage of it It just strikes me that there's not by the nature of being a story that has to be told like there can only be one Howard work in the book for her to make her point but that to me highlights a problem problem in the philosophy. It relies on individual movers. And like we're not out here on our own own. We're not selling book book. Full of Howard roadworks would be. ooh I mean there is a there is already a really long stretch. Where Howard and wine and are ostensibly having a conversation between the two of them read exactly like one long monologue because it is to people with the same viewpoint agreeing agreeing with each after fifteen pages and go back to what you said about appealing to younger readers like or teenage readers? Idealistic readers can also see it appealing to it can calcified by and become a resentment of like I did work for what little stuff I do have And it appeals to VAT sense also right. Yeah that that that's part of what drives the second handers record of the individualist. is they see. They see true greatness. They evaluate themselves next to it and find themselves wanting and their reaction to it is to not not to aspire to something better themselves but to tear the other person down the lesson of the book. I guess okay okay. Okay so like we did a service. Why this book became the the book like that has gone on to be? I think a good job and it is not. She is not a bad writer. I don't think the time most of the time show me and she. She has a things she is setting out to do. And that makes the book very long and very repetitive in spots but also also she I think Keating's sort of tragic arc is my act honestly my favorite. Because he comes the closest to being a person yet towns. I guess human. Yeah and it's really his downfall is this is portrayed as very gradual but also like very inevitable And it's I don't know it. It is a like he he could maybe had he taken a couple of different. Paths have sort of escaped this fate that he finds himself in where he testifies at the trial. For Howard blowing up the building and ran says he was supposed to be a blockbuster witness but he has so little presence like after he leaves. It's as if no one at all had spoken. Because that's that is keating is his cellophane ain't call me right. hisself is defined by By how other people see him and if other people don't see him in art impressed pressed by him then he doesn't it's like he doesn't exist it honestly to sounds like it'd be really easy to see yourself if you're honestly reading this book so you'd find versions of yourself in Keating but if you read this book and you just see how like you see yourself at Howard roark. I don't trust you please. Don't yeah well that's that's another. There's a same guardian. Yeah article that I then. I referenced earlier actually that talks about the two big groups of people who are influenced by Ayn Rand and her philosophy is American conservatives and Silicon Silicon Valley Tech Bros and so they it is a it is a field of dudes who believe themselves to be Howard rocks and look at how that's going for everyone going great okay. That's the fountainhead. Everybody thanks Andrew. Yeah you're welcome. I hope you all wanted to mush politics stuff. Sometimes I know people come to this to escape politics. Sometimes that I'm happy to give people all that escaped to an extent but there's really no avoiding no talking about it in this because we are if you are an American in today you are surrounded by what became of this philosophy. Yeah this what what is it. They did some stuff. They did some survey in the early nineteen nineties of like the Library of Congress being like what is the most important book in your life and number one was the Bible and number two as atlas shrugged. I was like okay. This is.
"ayn rand" Discussed on Overdue
"To enjoying any well told tale. They will not shy away. From spoiling specific story beats when necessary. Plus these are books. You should have read by now overdue. It's a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. My Name is Craig James Andrew and you know what I'm thankful for. was that books and friends. And that's what we're here do. Every week is talking about books and talk about our friends. I am not thankful for friends friends because to have friends would be too much like collectivism and I hate that now. It would be too much like getting a group of people together to do anything and so I hate it now. Oh so you are thankful for only your ideas forever. I'm thankful for the the ideas of anyone who stands up and things for him or herself but mostly himself okay but yeah particularly me. Well I am a genius and I must be allowed to practice my art wall. Great podcasting great So on this podcast Gal you do a bad podcast. I will blow it up with dynamite. To preserve my artistic vision will mean the unwashed hordes we have formed a podcast collective collective to balance out your podcast. Her of high ideals and ideas for this episode they were all silent behind me because I to migrate man with great ideas ideas secretly and I will rise above them So every week on the show we talk about a book that one of US usually hasn't read before but for this month we've read a few books in remember November that we have read before so Andrew. What book did you read? And I'm just realizing that if you come into this not knowing this that previous run. It's GonNa Sound Pretty Weird but I read the fountainhead. By Ayn Rand so all of what you will now know for sure as a bunch of goofs Were informed by the book that we discussed this week. And what we do. If you haven't listened to show before is one of US tells the other one about the book we usually have not both oh threat for the episode so I have not read it and Andrew's going to tell me what happens in it. And what he thinks about it and I'm GonNa React 'cause we have to fill in our that's how it goes sure do This was a pager on recommendation. From Allegra thank you Allegra. If you WANNA make patron recommendations go to Patriot dot dot com slash overdue pod for more information but Andrew. You had read this book before. Read this book before now did before we get started. Allegra have a note. Oh that went with the. Oh yes I have it here. Two can would like to frame the discussion with that. Oh yes this was. Okay mistakenly It was initially set in about atlas shrugged and then Allegra wrote back and said no accident. fountainhead sorry I read this many years ago and really enjoyed it but was too young to pick up on any the of the subtext for me. At the time it was just a well written book about an architect. I'd like to revisit it especially in this political climate but I'm hesitant to be seen seen reading an Ayn rand book here to take on the challenge. I think you would have a really interesting discussion. That was it. That's all so where to start. I guess we should start not with. Why A and when I read this book the first time because I think that that will come in for a bit later? Let's talk about why somebody would be hesitant to be seen reading Ayn rand even though Iran two was a Russian American author who emigrated over here sort of after the communist revolution. Yeah uh-huh she has is sort of founded and it's been carried on by a few people this this philosophical movements I guess called objectivism. which is all about like only what you can see with? Your eyes is real. Like there's no such thing as a gut feeling or higher power or gods or any of that the four pillars from the Ayn rand website our reality reason self interest and capitalism and those things kind of function function in relationship to each other and sort of one leads to the other if you follow her train of thought and the logic Gov objectivism and so I think among philosophers. I don't think her ideas found a lot of purchase and and they're part of that is because I think people sort of found some of the stuff's us saying derivative of NICI and some others But one place where her ideas particularly alertly the self interest and capitalism bits of the ideology has really taken root is in American conservatism. I mean she was a big booster of like Barry Goldwater nineteen sixty four campaign and you can trace a line straight through from that to like the Reagan presidency all the way through to like the Paul Ryan an Obama Era Republican Party and then of course to now yeah yeah with widsom inherent contradictions some inherent contradictions which we can talk about a bit too. And there's a reason why those two pillars hurt our. I mention them specifically but but it's it. It is filtered down to now into our current politics as this belief chief that people should be free to do whatever they want and by people they mostly mean businessmen because the free the market is the best way to solve any and all problems and because of markets are populated by rational actors who only act in their self interest and can be counted upon to act in their self interest. It is a self policing system and the government should get Out of it and not tell anybody what to do. Yes it is a world view that puts all human activity through the Lens of the market essentially because it is the best way to ensure that you act in your own self interest in that your own self your ability to act in your own self interest is protected There's something here under the capitalism page of the Ayn rand site that says the ideal social system is laissez faire capitalism and advocates for for a quote complete separation of state and economics in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and Church so again. Like if you need a frame of reference yes I think I actually distills like a good part of the of the world view. Is that like human action and your ability to to take it should be separate from what the state can and cannot do to enforce. You is the belief she took some positions that are sort of a counter to modern American conservatism. But I do think they're compatible with version of libertarianism. That is just about the government not being involved young. What you can and can't do like she was that's fine with abortion? She did not like homosexuality but she did say that there shouldn't be laws about it. Yes yes yes And there are a couple of things but but just yeah things that because the The like Evangelical Block is so influential in modern conservatism tatum. Those bits don't get imported along with the the free market capitalism. There are like Reagan on very or even Nixon on vary like political reasons. To align this type of conservatism with social conservatism social meaning like on on social issues and civil rights and things like that not economic issues and yeah so if you actually like try to get into a conversation with her about that should probably like get angry at you for all of the big government things that you're ostensibly. Small Government Party is doing There were like there. Were some like I found on slopes an article about how when she had like retired She actually like took like social security payments when she was older and she was not like thrilled about that. Uh She did do. The slopes article was hilarious because it went back and found a randy in justification for it as like taking back with the welfare fair state had stolen from you. Just I couldn't even but that's where it was where people who have these really strong and strident beliefs. leafs really lose. Me Is not when they when they later do something that runs counter to their earlier beliefs. You know we all everybody's his views change over time perfectly natural and healthy thing to do but when you start saying no actually. This is fully compatible with the values that I've been espousing in my entire life. And here's why that's where it's like. Well how intellectually honest is is this entire thing. So that's a good primer like very top level primer and objectivism Andrew. Thank you I WANNA do like a quick sketch of rand and a little bit of her. CV and then we'll get into the book and then hit what ever else comes up. Sure well just real quick. I wanted to do that thing about conservatism. I both because of oceans note but also that gets to to UAE. I read the book. Oh yeah okay I mean. It's it's adherent there. There are several waves of randy in adherents There's this really great article article in The Guardian by Jonathan Freedland published in April of two thousand seventeen about like different phases of the movement and different followers followers. But just to give you a sense of like how influential this is an American politics. Alan Greenspan who ran the Fed for two decades decades was a very close friend of Iran was at her funeral and nine hundred eighty two. He fell into he fell into the Salon Group group that head kind of formed around her as she was writing Atlas shrugged right so this book comes out in forty three it is successful and then then she builds on that success and is like then starts making objectivism hand in hand with these people who are like these are good ideas and Greenspan is one of them. And then you get to Paul Ryan who is speaker of the house up until early this year and then he stopped being speaker of the House for some reason our member. uh-huh he'd he'd infamously gave out copies of atlas shrugged as like Christmas presents to staffer. Yes yes and one of the reasons why I think this this viewpoint and like ranch works in particular captured young. A young people is because they really aggressively like the Ayn Rand Foundation or whatever organization. This is really aggressively goes after kids in particular like like there. Is this longstanding essay contest that they've been running. Yes and that is why I read the fountainhead originally originally because they've been doing this essay contest for how many years it's been since I was in highschool lakes for many decades. This is sixteen years ago for me that I was reading reading this. But there's a shortage book called anthem that she wrote that is offering a cash. Prizes to eighth ninth and Tenth Graders Chrissy read it and then write an essay. The fountainhead is for eleventh and Twelfth Graders and then atlas shrugged is for Twelfth Graders and then college it's Yep Yep Both UNDERGRAD and graduate students. And so it's really they are. They are making this concerted effort to introduce these works to people at a time in a lot of people's lives where you are like forming core political beliefs. And you are. I mean you're just trying to make sense of this world that you now have to be an adult in so I have. These books are very. They are nothing if not confident like editor. A fairly uncomplicated. View of what is right and wrong in a way that I think is appealing to people who just are trying to trying to understand. Stand the world around. There's an article that I want. I'll return to later when we get to a certain scene in the book but there is a Washington city paper article from I think twenty ten that interviewed the creator of the Atlas Sphere a social networking website for objective assists. And the guy. Joshua's Eder said that it's not unusual or it happens all ages but I think it does happen more commonly among young people. This is when people get into rand. Her books appeal to youthful idealism. To people who are at the point point in their lives when they're trying to figure out what's important and I think we'll talk in this book about the what I think and you'll correct me from wrong is like what it is to like. Stake out an ideological view and feel like you're right and then the world you have to confront a world that is in his not welcoming of that and like. That's the thing that teenagers do every day. And then what rand is doing is like taking that basic human interaction and like make mistakes very very high. Can I do a quick bio sketch. And we'll get into the book Andrew. Yeah make sure. We don't miss that part. I I just wanted I wanted to. I know that's pretty like US politics heavy and in particular. I think that's why. Yeah yeah but but like yeah. I wanted to provide that background and and why Hugh have probably heard about Iran before. Yeah and why she's become both a she's it's her name has become become idiomatic. Like it is. It's a punchline on the simpsons just to say Ayn rand at like you know well people talk about Randy the NBA. It's a lot and this is what this is what they're talking about. It's not just people being randy by Iran. Okay let's get Randy Elisa's Rosenbaum bomb. Iran was born in one thousand five hundred ninety two as you said before lived in Saint Petersburg Her family fled after the October Revolution. she she did go to college was purged from College. After like a bunch of people like students were not allowed to finish and then later were. I don't really understand that part history enough And around that time is when she chose her pen. Name Rand There's some dispute over. What the sources were eye of rand perhaps APPs being from How one of her name's appeared in Surreal Eq? And then I neither being a Finnish or Hebrew word They moved to the US In nineteen twenty six or she did rather Got Involved in American Film Rolling Writing screenplays wrote some plays that got produced in the thirties..
"ayn rand" Discussed on Part of the Problem
"What do you mean anything that improves your life like does that include murdering someone for their wealth well they would say right is that yeah and i don't wanna misrepresent objectivism but i almost every time i've heard either ayn rand or one of her disciples dis- discuss this with they would say is that well. That's not true selfishness because that would you know that would be very risky to your life and you might get in trouble or someone might wanna want to come back and murder you or something theoretical. If you knew as an absolute that you could get away with it and that murdering someone you could also inherit their wealth. The out in in the middle of the ocean with the dude has got one hundred million dollars in bitcoin on little thing. No one knows you're on the ocean with them. You can push them right off the listen and this is that they would say morally you should do yeah. You'd have to ask an object no no they wouldn't say morally. You should do it morally with yourself. Behind is that it's not in your self interest that listen listen all right this is this is what you're going to have to deal with with objective. That's my ignorance. I read any an random. I don't even know what objectives are. Well look. It's <hes> i'm sure i'm not doing the best job of describing it but they always seem to stick to is that selfishness business is always a virtue and that anything like that that violates the non aggression principle or or violate someone else's rights is never actually selfish. I agree with you. I mean i i agree that like oh of course selfishness is at least in the way that we all understand the word the word and that well selfishness certainly could drive someone to violate the non aggression principle and in fact. I think the whole system that we live under today that lots of societies have lived under is pretty much proof that selfishness will drive people to violate the non aggression principle so i've never really bought into that although i do think it's an interesting philosophical full thought experiment and and certainly there is more to it than many would admit guys one more question of course what is the concept of since we reason individually because it seems to me like we kinda reason in groups and that people debate things and then sometimes come to different conclusions but it would be a group of people reasoning together and bouncing their own ideas off each other so the ideas that we don't have a collective mind any more than we have a collective hand right like we're all putting putting our minds together and being influenced by each other but we're experiencing this as individuals so your consciousness you experience as an individual. I believe that's the the argument again. I'm not the most qualified. I'm not an objective as so. Maybe maybe we'll have an objective is not i would love to have yarn brook on the ship. I i actually extended an offer on twitter while i i don't know if i extended an offer technically but someone said you should have him on the show and i said i would love to and tagged them in it so two thousand nineteen. That's extending ending in all. That's an invite you to tag and said i'm down so gift shop to the wedding. You've been invited. Yeah that's right. Little bit of altruism never heard anybody. Come here <hes> bearing gifts. I be fun. Let's these well look. It's not i don't wanna be disrespect. <hes> disrespectful because i like aaron bruch i. I don't really have anything think personally against him. I don't know that much about him other than like. I've seen a few internet videos of him. He is he's a member of the ayn rand end institute. He's an objective as i've many times before on the show <hes> particularly in like when when we take listener questions people have asked me about iron random like hey how come you don't talk about ayn rand a lot or like what are your thoughts on her and i always kind of say like disrespectful..
"ayn rand" Discussed on Reason Podcast
"And we each it was a team that one would never conceive an advance as part of the spontaneous order in action. But I loved what where we were. But we knew we there was a lot to do. And we were beginning to chip away. And I I would even give you a comment that I used to do some speaking in my early days in in Los Angeles and beyond when I was at kindle manderson. My law firm, and there was. Several times when I was introduced to speak about the return ideas. I was in introduced as a librarian people's couldn't pronounce the word, and even once, but my favorite mispronunciation was there was one time literally where I was introduced as somebody who would talk to the audience about libertine ideas. So it's come a long way. I never really felt. I I don't think I hit any allusions that there was a lot of work to be done. But that we had a great product to sell meaning this bundle of ideas that took liberty seriously. And that's still you know that job remains high. It's a high priority. Maybe now more than ever certainly as much as ever in these perilous times that we're living in. So there is an early story. And I know that. Pool has mentioned this as as well as you and Tibor and in previous discussions where you guys interviewed in th-annual, Brandon who at that point was a well known psychologist and individualist he had had a public break with Ayn rand was a big deal and libertarian ideas reason is named by you know, in in Oman to rand and the the philosophical principle of reason and rationality and all that. But you had a moment. Thursday, a story about interacting with I rand in the early days of raising canoe set the set the stage for that. Well, I'll be happy to do that. So I mentioned to put in context we interviewed. We carried an interview with band and early on after we took over reason from landing free Vander, the title the cover the cover story was breaking free. And we published the first. Public statement that Brandon had given after his split several years earlier with Iran, and that was good news and bad news. Because the there were a lot of people around was very powerful intellect and influence, many, people course without shrug, and in particular, but she could be very difficult to even people that admired her in and took her idea seriously, including to poor who was kind of excommunicated the famous rand way because he asked her a critical question. Good question that he was interested in her answer. And she took it the wrong way. And it wouldn't communicate with him after that. So we had all these those. So there was a pro the ran side of the debate. And the pro brand inside the bait. And then we published the interview with Brandon and that led to the question that you posed the incident with Iran after we published the interview with. We mailed we we mail the promo to the Brandon's mailing list. Called academic associates, and we picked up five six thousand subscribers which really transformed reason put us on the map Vitas more serious than any libertarian magazine ever at that point. And we were we felt on our way we had a few more bumps in the road that we learned about. But one of the things that we did is that we few a couple of years later, we about year later, we we have planned to put out a special issue devoted to on rand in her ideas..
"ayn rand" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
"Of the separation of powers, the concept of checks and balances that is at the core of are group's activity. Likewise, interference in criminal investigations suggesting that the department of Justice should investigate your political opponent or not investigate your political allies, those sorts of things are beyond normal of their beyond the bounds of what is normal political discourse and normal political disagreement, and they really strike it very fundamental values of American society. Mussa? I wonder and I'm sure you've had you clerked for Clarence Thomas. I'm sure like may you grew up with a lot of Republican friends Repub lot of Republican family members. Who wonder why you didn't fall blindly in line for Trump? I actually really I actually have Democrats as parents, I just haven't read Ayn rand when I was twelve and I was utterly. So your last two or three years of that family reunions will be that as it. I wonder if you've noticed let's say among your friends and Washington if you have conservative friends in Washington that it's usually the lawyers that understand a little bit more that when I start talking about the breaching of constitutional norms. And I start talking about the president not respecting the power of the federal judiciary. And I start talking about medicine and checks and balances a lot of my friends is glaze over it seems conservatives lawyers conservative lawyers though, but I talked to seemed to get it a bit more an understand why even if a guy's cutting taxes and appointing people this bream court that you may like it's still not enough. If somebody's breaching constitutional norms. I totally agree with that. What's a little concerning? I do think people look at him and say, well, look..
"ayn rand" Discussed on The Rubin Report
"But if the companies in this case Google that that own the pipes and on the wires on the why fine on the airwaves and all that stuff. If they wanna slowly clamp down on certain types of speech, which I think there is evidence that they would like to do some of that at least a little bit. Then we should be talking about alternative technologies here as you guys know for my talks with here -til, I talked to their Weinstein and a couple of others. There's plenty of discussion in this in this arena. Can't give you all the discussion about that that I'm privy to at the moment. But I do think that's a good idea actually gets on the cool tech people in here too. Discuss some of these things maybe I could smoke a blunt with Alon musk. All right. Let's see. Okay. Oh. And a reminder I've already picked it out twice. But the links to the brea show on the thirteen and the Oxnard show on the fourteenth are right down below. So I hope you guys will join me for some stand up and meet some of the ID w crew. All right. Should we stick around and fight to reform push back on the left also? Because of what you're seeing out there. How do you feel about the possibility but third party that might just be able to rise? Look the stay in pushback thing. I think there are great arguments on both sides. So Eric Weinstein who has become like a brother to me who is one of the greatest minds. I think on earth he still considers himself part of the left and he believes that he can be reformed from the inside. I see no evidence of it. And not only do I see no evidence of it. I see a continued slow. Slide to all the things that I don't like, and I t more and more people get purged for any sort of free thought, I see them using the ideas of collectivism, which is a type of racism, actually, and is type of sexism is a type of bigotry. I see them using those ideas, more and more and more again, go check the women's March tweet that I just sent out right before the stream white women in we're coming for you white women. If you don't do what we want you to do. We're for women were for women know that. But you'd better do what we want you to do. Otherwise, we're not for you. Which is why saying you're four women or your four gay people before black people is actually stupid. It's it's not a clear thought out logical argument because if you're for it doesn't make sense women think different things, but people think different things gay people think different things. So what can you be for on my God that broken record of you can be the individual? That's what you can be for. So as for staying, look, let's say let's say Eric's. Right. And I'm wrong and a couple bandits inside the left can can blow up the the machine and fix it. And everything else and suddenly JFK liberals are all over the place, and you know, they believe in somewhat of a slimmer trimmer government. But they don't think the answered everything they don't believe in identity, politics it cetera et cetera. That'd be freaking spectacular. And I will gladly say man, you guys. Did it fantastic. What I can see is. It's it's it wouldn't be honest of me to say that I am part of that anymore. I'm just not and not only my not. But but me and all of my crew that you guys all know, none of us get invited to anything on the left by college campuses or organizations or anything we get invited by conservatives. And we look Eric Weinstein. And I spoke at the Ayn rand institute Ayn rand is basically a libertarian organization is a little there's obviously more to Objectivism just app, but they're they're pretty far on the right, especially on economics. And an Eric went up there. And said all sorts of things against libertarianism against Objectivism against iron rand and her writing and all sorts of and got a huge ovation after then we had a cocktail hour and everybody was happening. Great time. I mean, you simply never see that on the other side. So and this is also where we all get invited on Fox News..
"ayn rand" Discussed on Absolute Advantage
"Live our lives aligned with our values? I love that on with our values. What can our listeners expect when they purchase your book, which at the time that this airs will be out for them to to do that. And we'll talk a little bit more about that in a minute. But what what can they expect, you know, who is this book for and what can they expect to get out of the book? This book is for anyone who's looked at their car window or the bus window or pre forma. Former transit, whatever your former transportation and said, hey, look at that problem. Look it up from somebody should do something about that. What if I could do something about that? Or even if you've never said what if I could do something about that. So this book is for that person male female, non binary child. You know, it's procreate for kids. And it shares the book shares stories of my journey in in working all over the world. It shares inspirational and some heartbreaking stories of other people's changed of other change makers journeys of how they got to be where they are. And it's also incredibly practical because I can't I can't do anything that's not practical. And it's you know, there are step by there's a step-by-step plan for how you go from having an idea for or even understanding what's what's the change? You want to see in the world to to to borrow from from Gandhi was the change you want to see in the world. And then how do you all the way to how do you actually make that happen? How do you build a plan a roadmap? That will help you make that happen. I love that. That's perfect. Because at the beginning to and I'll make sure that these make it into the show notes. There were some questions specifically that were you you mentioned that you kind of walk through each new client to really get to kind of the the Mita things. And that first being what is the impact you want the world? So that will be in the book for people to to kind of walk them through their journey of discovering maybe their path as it relates to giving back. Exactly. Yeah. Yeah. Definitely. And. You know? And it's something it's a book that is you can apply it to any part of your life. Even if you're listening to this and you're like a really don't care about giving back. I hope that's not what thinking, but if you are you can there's still a lot of it. A lot of the book that is applicable to any any part of your life of basically how you move in idea forward and make it happen a question. So that what you just mentioned there. And I know we're getting close on time, and I want to honor that, but you just brought up a point that I want to dig into just very briefly here, which is okay. So what if what if we have somebody listening who's never really thought much about this? You know, what are some of the benefits that someone I starting with kind of what's in it for me? So to speak. What are some of the benefits that are known that somebody gets by giving back? What how does that impact someone to give back? That's a great question. So I'm going to I'm going to start by saying, I am not a big believer in altruism. So I I believe in and it's not that I'm a big Ayn rand fanned or anything. I. I believe that we in order to create powerful change in your communities. You have to be real with what what you wanna get out of it. What your motivations are? So, you know, just to give an example with my clients, some of them want new careers, some of them feel like they have they like I use that example, earlier of had soul-sucking careers and want want something that feels better to them. Now. Some people wanna create better communities because it's it's better communities, stronger communities are better for business. If you think about that..
"ayn rand" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Community. Maybe prophet is more time with your family. But the fact is that when people make a decision when they make an action they are driven by profit. And so in general, we all know that businesses are driven by profit. That's a just a general fact that we all understand. But in the book, I take it that step down further in show that managers are driven by profit in that is often different than what the companies motivations are in the employee's under them are also driven by profit. And then I move it from there because most of us understand business, but as we take down the profit motive, and I moved that into other sectors. So I look at government in show that, you know, a twenty eight year old bureaucrats sitting at a desk might not always have the best intentions of the country on his mind when he's sitting at sometimes he wants to get off work and go with friends, maybe he wants to go on a date. Maybe he wants to move up in the bureaucracy himself, the guy sitting at the desk and government has motivations. And those don't often go exactly with the program. He's working for and there's also works in media, and it also applies to family life. And even nonprofits it's a really interesting theory when you start expounding on it. So when you talk about non economic profit motive, how do you derive benefit? Well, I mean, so prophet is kind of a weird term anyways. I if you look at the Webster's dictionary version of it, and I feel like it's kind of a weird thing to go back to the it's not good in writing necessarily to go back to the Webster's dictionary. But I think that it helps here because it shows that profit isn't just money profit is something that is of benefit to somebody. And so I read a lot of vine ran of read a lot of Ayn rand I've been a fan of Iran, but one of her things is that some selfishness or greed, and it's good, and I looked and I think that a lot of our ideas are right. But I don't think they caught on because people don't like to consider themselves as greedy. So if you look at other people and show that they're acting in their self.
"ayn rand" Discussed on KOA 850 AM
"Newsradio time to thirty seven i am returning my conversation with yard brook from the ayn rand institute to and he will be at the steamboat springs about i just looked at the steamboat springs festival though the daily tickets to the festival tickets are sold out i did not know that yarn so obviously you're the you're the big appeal right there you talk to you about your thoughts obviously everyone's been talking about the nomination of judge brad kavanagh to the highest court i've been reading a lot of stuff and i actually recommended the coverage that reason dot com has been doing about judge cavanaugh because they just a stellar job digging into a constitutional rights cases that he's weighed in on but what are your thoughts thus far i mean i think like most of these judges it's it makes it's a mixed bag on the one hand seems to be quite good on on things like the you know the regulatory state administrative state and and the will regulatory agencies play you want congress to pass laws rather than you know the regulatory agencies to basically pass laws and i think that's a good thing although again i think the more radical position is to question the constitutionality of the regulatory agencies per se right but i don't expect i don't expect judges to to to be in a position to do that anytime soon and then but on the other hand i think on some of the social issues while he about i don't know how are we will vote on on on abortion i don't know how he's going to vote i will well i suspect he's going to vote against repealing roe versus wade which i think would be as badly as that decision was decided i think it's a it's a it's the way decision so i i would support that you know on on on gay marriage and other things i'm just not sure whether he would roll back some of the decisions that the coach has made some social issues worry like i do with any conservative judge and and then i also worry about things like privacy the nsa of disobedience if you will the surveillance state what's his position on civil forfeiture that should be a big i know i'm not we he and i do not agree on the ns as meta data gathering he waited on the side and government on that one and that was not particularly a good thing forfeitures a big one for me and and unfortunately i don't think many of the judges against it and i love to see a judge come out and say you know what's obvious than which is it it's unconstitutional any in wrong and get you'd never happened i think i think police have in that sense have way too much power is the idea that they do they could take stuff away from you for you found guilty is absurd so so i i y about i worry about things like that also worry about the fact that he is on record as saying that you know the executive branch is beyond criminal prosecution and other so he he is for a much larger role for the executive branch much unity for the executive branch than than i i believe they should have so so mixed i'm positive in terms of the regulatory stuff i think that's important but a lot of red flags at the same time i.
"ayn rand" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"We were youngins that being altruistic is a good thing that caring for others that doing for others is something that we aspire towards and it's something that has hammered home every single sunday morning when we go to church in our houses of worship we're christian doctrine as it is popularly interpreted calls people to altruistic behavior thinking of the other putting the other i and what have you this runs contrary seemingly contrary to the notions of ayn rand and specifically and more generally the notions of conservatism libertarianism a right wing republicanism which is very much centered upon the notion of individual rights individuality the pursuit of happiness as an individual defines it and what have you and so the question that i want to explore with you today because you've written a book on this subject christian egoists what i want explore with you today is this this balance or potential reconciliation between these these two views you know are are you and i as a gentleman who on the one hand subscribed to christianity in terms of our our theology in our religion at odds with ourselves internally because we also are students of admirers of an implementers of the philosophy of ayn rand and so that's kind of my my opening notion and also to add to it the the reason for this exploration which to my mind is that in the past couple of days on this on this program we've spoken to and talked about howard root i'm not sure if he's a guy who you're familiar with but he was the former ceo of a company called vascular solutions and it was a medical device company that came under attack essentially from the federal government in the form of us attorneys who were pursuing it a due to supposedly lack of compliance with some obscure regulatory rule and long story short vascular solutions and howard root defeated the government in court but still ended up costing them twenty five million dollars in legal fees and route ended up you know basically going galt and retiring early and withdrawing from from business and it's it's it's a story that too for me evoked the question of how is it that we live in a culture that produces a government that's capable of doing that right and and this.
"ayn rand" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"Willingness and the ability of people to invest their capital in productive activity has a lead over effect in terms of you know they do it for their own profit rightfully and without chain there's no shame in obtaining profit the effect however of their efforts to obtain profit is that they enable productive things to occur the development of properties to to facilitate their use by other by other folks and people who are in this case you know low income folks who have new homes to live in now as a result of the investments that sean hannity made so that's one thing that kinda sticks out from this report over here the guardian the other thing though which is more to the point of this kind of separation of economy and state that i've been talking about is seems to be a gotcha moment and a ha that hindi amass part of his property collection as reported here with support from the us department of housing and urban development this seems to be some sort of implied gotcha moment of sean hannity benefiting from the very federal apparatus that he generally opposes because of his conservative ideological leanings reminds one of the criticism of ayn rand when she was still alive and was accepting cursor social security payments and people called her out as some sort of hypocrite because she had spent a lifetime to crying government programs like social security and yet was cashing your check well there is a separation properly between what you advocate for impulse policy and how you conduct your life in a condition that you cannot control sean hannity is not the reason why we have a us department for housing and urban development yet when he makes decision about decisions about his own personal financial affairs there there's nothing there's no reason whatsoever why he should ignore the fact that that department exists at ignore the effect that it has upon the the market and take advantage of those facts the because the person who you know if you were going to be consistent in the way that sort of implied here by the guardian if you were going to be the consistent libertarian who says i'm not going to engage in any activity which is somehow subsidized by the.
"ayn rand" Discussed on KQED Radio
"That the man wants to leave on earth antony as a human being he has to hold easing as an eps in it at we i mean if he has to hold it eason as he's only guide to action and that he's must leave by the independent judgment off his own line that he's highest mortals purpose is the achievement of his own happens and that he must not force as a people not acts of their right to force he that each man must leave as an end in in south and follow his own rational self inter's that's a clip from aryan ram mix so we're can you talk about the influence of her writing in her philosophy on the on libertarian political sought iced i think some people or a little bit amused by how very impactful she's been on people in a political sense not the literature shouldn't shapour reflect your views but what's your take on her influence when the libertarian party was formed back in 1971 there was a coalition of a lot of different groups there were people who were angry about the leaving the gold standard or nixon's wage and price controls there were also a lot of objective is switches the term of art for people who follow the the teachings of ayn rand uh which is a very radical individualism i it emphasizes virtues of things like selfishness which was a very powerful idea with the first time you read it on because it is so different from what you're getting from a lot of other culture or religious or ethical traditions the influence of objectivism can't be ignored on the formation of libertarian party but as the party's grown up that still something that that informs us but it's not the direction that i think the party is going or that i see new members i see fewer new members who come to their libertarianism through the writings of ayn rand then we used to ten twenty years ago and it's up fun fact iin rand hated the liberal terry and party worry with a deep and abiding passion liza she had very trying to.
"ayn rand" Discussed on Liberty Talk FM
"Capone could fto you can tell iran is in a libertarian because she's defending personal while she's depending copyright and patenting libertarians different disagree on this particular issue and i don't know why you want to pull ayn rand's card over the day's not a libertarian she'd never claimed to be a libertarian so she doesn't have a card but regards and she did anyway regardless my point here was that she's obviously not a libertarian shirley government can do this crap look even if it was a good idea to have intellectual property protections you don't wanna have the government handling it because they're going to always do it in an arbitrary political favoritism to participate manner so you at are saying is that you are an anarchist me now on the voluntarist i believe all human in iraq in should be a consensual anarchist now anarchists millions in government that's what a air earned ran would say you know like a libertarian or whatever believes in a limited government so wait libertarian that is absolutely she could absolutely be libertarian though she would not claim to be a libertarian because she thought they were dirty hippies which she didn't like it because she felt like they stole her ideas and she was very very into her ideas an agra ndaye's meant of iran but i mean if you think about it from a philosophical standpoint which has how she looked at everything you know they're you the whole idea of liberty and a whole idea of even your voluntary ism revolves around the very the main principle being self ownership and her argument would be that in order to own yourself you have to be able to own the property of the things that you create you know you have to be able to to contribute only owned when you protect right and that's where she's gone wrong she's looking to the government for protection i agree and everybody who knows anything about the government should know that you can't trust them and that they're going to screw you over and they're going to give you know their protection to their buddies and that's not ever going to be you right well hold on in so if you say that what is yours is what you can protect if you can create an idea and protect that idea with contracts and.
"ayn rand" Discussed on Serious Inquiries Only
"When when i even tried to define intersection aladi they can't hands they boot they can't handle me defining it because it goes against their dogma that's right and then they of course they do that they do the double reverse act which is now claiming that feminism is a religion and death fell black lives matter as a religion there is no rape culture that's part of the dogma of postmodernism which they also do not understand uh which is also kind of annoying right right right the rape culture i mean yom nine expert on that but i think harvey weinstein as a good demonstration of how it's you know you can get away us so much because there's a culture that enables end silences people who'd speak out against semyon there's there's so much there right yeah i don't know how you could be in denial of a it's weird i don't know how they could look at that and not see a systemic problem there but anyway site cya part of part of it is that these are people who buy into the notion of individuals of individualism via that you know they are free of cultural influnces of course they are right there there are independent there they may worship ayn rand but not otherwise there they're completely free of these sorts of influences and they can see right through the mall uh so anybody who talks about things they dislike must be doing it because they're propagandadriven yeah it's a i found that to be totally true with with them in it and it's it's so funny because i think i think that also works back into what you're saying about the dictionary atheism because one of the big problems i had with and i know y you you wrote is the little something on it that david small is somewhat recent article was i find people trying to claim the default ground in the name of whatever they believe in.