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Did the US have any moviemaking schools in 1926?

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The USC School of Cinematic Arts was founded in 1929. Prior to that, it was likely on the job training, apprenticing to those with experience. - wikipedia.

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So the USSR had a film school before the US did. No wonder movies are so bad.

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An interview by Steve Mariotti with Jennifer Grossman.

Channeling Ayn Rand: Jennifer Grossman, Feminist Libertarian Takes Helm of the Atlas Society

For the past 20 years, I have had the great pleasure of working with Jennifer Grossman. A feminist and a libertarian, Jennifer’s work ethic and integrity have impressed me endlessly. In her career, she has done important work in the fields of media, nutrition, and policy — all the while maintaining a strong tie to Ayn Rand’s work — work that almost 50 years after Atlas Shrugged was published, continues to inspire millions.

My grandfather and Rand’s friend, Lowell B. Mason, introduced us before the end of Ayn’s life. We developed an intellectual friendship and spent hours talking about my own life-long interest in her work — particularly in her advocacy of the use of business to help people’s lives. Despite our philosophical differences, there was no denying the power of Rand’s genius. Today, Jennifer shares with us a fresh perspective on Rand’s memory, the relevance of her work in the 21st century, and even dating!

Interview follows in link.

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14 minutes ago, dream_weaver said:

An interview by Steve Mariotti with Jennifer Grossman.

They mention an article she wrote about dating, and though I haven't read it, I like the spirit of the title: "Date the Atlas, not the Shrugged"

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With links to Google Trends and The Economist this map was posted here. I don't see how this was derived from the given data, and The Economist article is from October of 2012.

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In spirit of Ayn Rand, Israeli entrepreneurship to get a boost

There are many contests and competitions in Israel each year that seek the entrepreneur with the best idea, business, or skill set. But the winner of the Atlas Award – to be given out Tuesday in Tel Aviv by the Israeli chapter of the Ayn Rand Institute – will be able to lay claim to the title of “most entrepreneurial entrepreneur.”

Israeli entrepreneurs are usually not as self-sufficient as Rand’s ideal man or woman; the tech community has a reputation of helping out others, and Israelis tend to root for each other’s success. Nevertheless, believes Boaz Arad, chairman of the institute’s local branch, the independent tendencies many Israeli entrepreneurs display – thinking outside the box, not being afraid of failure, and a general willingness to upset the existing order of technology and business – should be rewarded.

Yaron Brook heads the Ayn Rand Institute. This has to be either a translation error, or miscommunication on someones behalf.

Yaron Brook, an Israeli-born entrepreneur, writer, and media commentator (he is also a US citizen) started the California-based Ayn Rand Institute, which has chapters throughout the US, Europe, and in Israel.

 

As of this publication, the winner of the award has not be specified per my search.

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Transportation app Moovit wins Ayn Rand-inspired start-up prize

“The sculptor is very committed to connecting the idea of Start-up Nation to Atlas Shrugged and Ayn Rand,” said Yaron Brook, who heads the Ayn Rand Institute in the US and is president of the Ayn Rand Center in Israel.

It would appear that the relationship between Yaron Brook and the ARI has been corrected in article announcing the awarding of the prize to Moovit.

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An Ayn Rand Acolyte Selling Students a Self-Made Dream

That is why [Mr. Barney] directs his multimillion-dollar contributions not to political candidates or super PACs — but to spreading Ayn Rand’s thinking around the globe. Over the years, he said he had contributed more than $20 million to the Ayn Rand Institute, to create free online courses about her work and other projects. Millions more have gone to other similarly minded groups. “I’m not an altruist, I’m not a do-gooder,” Mr. Barney said. “But I would like to have others experience the understanding and the benefits that I’ve had from philosophy.”

The story is a longer thumbnail sketch (just over 3300 words) of getting into the college education business.

Almost everyone who applies is accepted. As Mr. Barney acknowledged, getting some of these students — those with the poorest preparation or juggling work, family and school — to graduate is difficult. “We don’t select the best. We take who comes there and do the best we can,” he said.

One of the dissenters describes what sounds like a Montessori approach "the course was largely self-taught, with an instructor providing guidance." Stiil, the "Denver school’s on-time graduation rate of 34 percent with the local community college’s of 10 percent."

 

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What Happens When an Ayn Rand Devotee Runs a Public School System? Just Ask Chicago.

You can learn a lot about a person by whose portrait they have on their wall. Bernie Sanders hung up a photo of American socialist leader Eugene V. Debs. Martin Luther King worked under a picture of Mohandas Gandhi.

And Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Forrest Claypool? He chose a shot of Ayn Rand, the founder of Objectivism whose crusade against public education has helped animate a generation of market-possessed school “reformers.”

Fighting tax increases by cutting spending, looking for areas to privatize services, but bucking the system is not all smooth sailing.

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