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Kanhaiya Kumar and Modi's India need to rediscover Ayn Rand
Both the Left and the Right wish to use the tools of state power to control the lives of other people.

Jerry Johnson goes back and forth between current events in India and relevant sections from Rand's works in this opinion piece hosted on the Daily O

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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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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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HARTMAN: The Quiet Man Who Changed the World

Not much of a mention of her here, except this aside:

He crossed paths with Ayn Rand, and at one point in his young life was a collaborator on her radio show in New York City.

If anyone can collaborate this point, it would add some veracity to this portion of an otherwise "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" obituary.

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Rand did a series of interviews on the Columbia University radio station ca. 1962, though I don't know who ran the show. Most of them featured her and student questioners (to whom she could be quite nasty at the slightest provocation). NB, BB and Hospers and Gotthelf were in some of them.

The station sold audiotapes many years ago, which is how i came to hear them. i don't know if they survive or not.

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This appears to be the pilot program for the radio show. As a collaborator, I would not think Finkelstein would have been running the show. Personnel records might have his name listed. Another odd fact to keep a lookout for. Thanks Peter.

Related: Columbia Daily Spectator highlighted news clipping.

Related: Arthur J. Finkelstein - Wikipedia

Finkelstein grew up in a lower-middle-class Jewish family, living in Brooklyn's East New York section until age 11, then in Levittown, New York, and later Queens. He and his two brothers attended local public schools; Finkelstein graduated from Forest Hills High School. Their parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe, and the father worked as a cabdriver and did various jobs in the garment trade. While a student at Columbia University, Finkelstein interviewed and helped produce radio programs for author/philosopher Ayn Rand, and was a volunteer at the New York headquarters of the Draft Goldwater Committee in 1963–64 (the famous "Suite 3505"). He eventually earned a bachelor's degree from Queens College in 1967 in economics and political science and pursued (but never finished) a master's degree.

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The Foundation for Economic Education puts for a short "what if" article entitled "Ayn, What if Atlas Snapped?"

Would Aristotle have Tweeted? Would Isaac Newton have been too busy being distracted by Facebook that he would not have written The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy?

Would Ayn Rand have Snapchatted?

Enjoy!

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