Thursday, April 16, 2015

Onkar Ghate - Chief Content Officer of the Ayn Rand Institute

Onkar Ghate, Ph.D. bills himself as the "Chief Content Officer" of the ARI.

Dr. Ghate is no dummy.  Here are his self-described "specialties":

  • Objectivism
  • Ayn Rand's novels & ideas
  • Religion & Morality
  • Philosophy
  • Laissez-faire capitalism
  • Education & Multiculturalism
  • Government & Business
  • Culture & Society
  • Foreign Policy
  • Science & Industrialization 
Hoss, that's 16 specialties for a guy who is 48 years old.  

Well, you can't fault Dr. Ghate for a lack of self-esteem.  He's Ayn Rand, Ludwig von Mises and Arnold Toynbee all in one.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Craig Biddle: Islam, the West, Faith or Whatever

This is an article by The Objective Standard editor Craig Biddle.

Am I the only one who suspects that TOS uses some moderately advanced AI software to churn out endlessly mind numbing robotic essays like this?

Faith, reason, Christianity, Islam.

Islam, Christianity, reason, faith.

Etc.  How many combinations and permutations can Biddle come up with?  Is the guy bored?

TOS was never a great magazine, but since Biddle was booted out of Objectivism by Leonard Peikoff he's been left with his own writing and the B- writing of Ari Armstrong.

Percy Sledge, RIP

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Nathaniel Branden Interviewed In 1989

Michael Kelly recently found this on YouTube.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Nathaniel Branden, RIP

Nathaniel Branden passed away yesterday.

I never met him.  He sent me an email a few years ago thanking me for my critique of The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics.

Here is Chris Sciabarra's excellent tribute.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Charles Murray on Ayn Rand

Charles Murray writes on Ayn Rand.

But there’s no getting around it: taken as a whole, there is a dismaying discrepancy between the Ayn Rand of real life and Ayn Rand as she presented herself to the world. The discrepancy is important because Rand herself made such a big deal about living a life that was the embodiment of her philosophy. “My personal life is a postscript to my novels,” she wrote in the afterword to “Atlas Shrugged.” “It consists of the sentence: ‘And I mean it.’ I have always lived by the philosophy I present in my books—and it has worked for me, as it works for my characters.” As both books [the Heller and Burns biographies] document, that statement was self-delusion on a grand scale.
 Incidentally, this is the 20th anniversary of The Bell Curve.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Harry Binwsanger on Ayn Rand

Harry Binswanger has always come across as a little cultish in  his praise of Ayn Rand.  Here is something from 2009.

I think there’s something that nobody here is getting: It’s not that Ayn Rand had three or four ideas, and the question is whether or not a given person understands them correctly. Ayn Rand wrote extensively, systematically on hundreds of topics in philosophy, and many in related fields. She developed, over a period decades, a rich, deep, multi-tiered philosophical structure.
If by "hundreds" we take to be a minimum of 300 and systematically we take to be around 10 pages, then we are talking about 3000 pages of writings.  I don't think Rand wrote that much pure philosophy at all.

The one area of philosophy which Rand treated in a systematic way was her theory of concepts.

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life

Interesting article from a racial realist site.