Tag Archives: selfishness

Mean Rich

Are mean and rich synonyms? Maybe: __________ One thing I find interesting in this TED talk is that the research results (the wealthier you perceive yourself to be, the meaner you get) can be reversed with simple reminders that there … Continue reading

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The Bible Verse Reinhold Niebuhr Chose As Most Essential

If but one Bible verse survived after a global cataclysm, what verse would you hope got preserved? The famous theologian Reinhold Niebuhr was asked this question in 1954 of a magazine editor, and here was his response: The passage of … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand Problem: Not Atheism, but Selfishness

Paul Ryan, as is well known, has recently attempted to distance himself from Ayn Rand’s influence on his thought, most specifically her atheism, but if he becomes Mitt Romney’s running mate, it’s not Rand’s atheism, but her advocacy of selfishness–one … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan Betrays His Mother: Ayn Rand Is an Atheist and “I reject her philosophy”

And Paul Ryan claims that his lifelong love of Ayn Rand is an “urban legend.” Except it isn’t. A tape of his talk to the Atlas Society, from 2005, has surfaced, and here’s some of what he said: “I just … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand Would Have Hated This

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Can You Have Your Lent and Capitalism Too?

This past week, have you been indulging or denying yourself? The warring sides of human existence—the selfishly sensual and the altruistic—are brutally depicted in the below painting by Pieter Bruegal titled, “The Fight Between Carnival and Lent” (1559). At left … Continue reading

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Jennifer Burns on Ayn Rand

Jennifer Burns teaches at the University of Virginia.

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Who is Dagny Taggart? Atlas Shrugged Part 1, the Movie, is Coming to Theatres April 15th

Atlas Shrugged Part 1, the movie (which depicts the first third of Ayn Rand’s famous novel of ideas) comes into general release on April 15th, and I must say that the following YouTube teaser clip posted by the film’s producers┬áis … Continue reading

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