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  1. I mentioned the FMA once and then gay issues again because I brought up Santorum - twice is too much?
  2. My article on the election was published in the student newspaper of the University of Chicago called "a view on the election from the right." The original title was "Farewell to tyranny" http://maroon.uchicago.edu/online_edition/...from-the-right/ Let me know what you think.
  3. http://www.lfb.com/index.php?action=help&a...ive.html#071306 The summer seminar of The Objectivist Center is now over, and reports are coming in about what the moviemakers working on a film version of Atlas Shrugged have to say about their progress. Filming has not yet begun, but a script has been drafted, and the plan is to shoot the epic as a trilogy. (No word yet on whether there will be a ten-hour Part II-b for Galt's Speech.) LFB author Robert Bidinotto, the editor of TOC's New Individualist magazine and the man who scripted The World of Atlas Shrugged, has the scoop at the Bidinotto Blog: * The final go-ahead "deal" was signed on June 29. The film is well-capitalized, with Lionsgate -- the studio that produced the most recent Oscar-winning film, "Crash" -- investing $40 million or more for initial production effort. * The plan is for the film to be shot and shown in three parts, as a trilogy, like "Lord of the Rings." Only that length, they said, would give sufficient scope to tell Ayn Rand's long, complex story. (The initial $40 million would go mainly to Part I.)... * The first draft of the script for Part I has been completed by James V. Hart, a veteran screenwriter among whose major credits are "Contact," "Hook," and "Tuck Everlasting." * Philosopher David Kelley -- founder, past executive director, and now Senior Fellow of The Atlas Society (formerly The Objectivist Center) -- has worked closely with Hart to insure the screenplay's philosophical fidelity to the novel.... [Kelley] rates the screenplay about an "8" out of a possible "10." (The screenplay is likely to undergo additional changes -- we hope that means "improvements" -- during production.) * Howard and Karen Baldwin of the Baldwin Entertainment Group -- which produced the outstanding Oscar-winning hit film "Ray" -- are co-executive producers, along with John Aglialoro, who holds the screen rights to the Ayn Rand novel on which the film will be based.... They are absolutely committed to a film that does justice to Rand's novel. * The Baldwins similarly insisted that they wanted a great film, one that in no way undermines or does a disservice to Rand's ideas or characters. They clearly love the novel. Karen Baldwin declared that the novel's heroine, Dagny Taggart, may well be the greatest female character in all of literature. In selecting a director, they said, one of their first questions is: "When was the last time you read Atlas Shrugged?"... Another thing that impressed everyone is that the Baldwins were clearly there to listen to devoted fans of the novel, and to get our input. They opened up a long Q&A session with the admonition to us not simply to tell them what we wanted to see in the film, but also what we didn't want to see. Satisfying the dedicated Rand readers appeared to be a big priority, and audience members gave a great deal of excellent input. * The Baldwins revealed that they have been deluged with major stars who want to play in the film. While they were eager to hear our suggestions for various characters, the only name they emphasized, repeatedly, was Angelina Jolie for the Dagny role. They made it very clear that Jolie wants to play Dagny very, very much -- and that other actresses (e.g., Ashley Judd), while possibly excellent for the part, might not have the stellar box-office appeal that would allow the film to be a huge success, especially abroad.... * One personally gratifying anecdote. According to Karen Baldwin, when Jolie showed up for a meeting with them to discuss the film, she had in hand a copy of the "Celebrity Rand fan" issue of The New Individualist (edited by Yours Truly), whose cover featured herself and Brad Pitt. Baldwin told me that Jolie really enjoyed it.... To repeat, the entire audience was terribly excited by the presentation, and even many long-time skeptics and doubters attested to becoming converts. Bottom line: It looks like this grand tale will be made, at long last; and more important, it looks as if everyone connected with the production is dedicated to doing it right. Relative star status is probably being overstressed in the minds of the moviemakers. If the movie is done well, it's going to be a box-office juggernaut no matter, world-wide (and even if the script includes the phrase "the American Way," conspicuously omitted from the new Superman flick "Superman Returns"). Here's some information that Bidinotto probably doesn't have, but which we were able to glean thanks to our global contacts: the daughter of LFB owner Kathleen Nelson, Jennifer, "hates the idea" of Jolie as Dagny. Jennifer wants to play Dagny and thinks the moviemakers should hold off production until she's ready to take on the role. "Maybe the producers 'get it,' but the actors they apparently want to cast do not. They're going to have a hell of a directing job on their hands...ugh." With everything about the production, as it seems, right on the cusp, further delay doesn't seem too likely, especially given the fact that everybody has been waiting breathlessly for an Atlas Shrugged movie since 1973, when word of an imminent production was first announced. If an Atlas movie project falls through at this point, all hope of its ever being done is likely to be swallowed up in the most pitiless cinematic black hole. Jennifer will graduate with a degree in theatre from the University of Montevallo in December, so if she's not old enough to play Dagny perhaps the producers can audition her for another role.
  4. As well as Sheikh Abdul Rahman.
  5. 571: On OO.net I changed my e-mail address on my account and it's supposed to send a validation email to confirm it but for some reason it didn't work. So now I can't post or PM so I can't let the admins know what happened. Could you notify them about my problem? His username is Myself.
  6. Blanchett, Theron, or Knightley for Dagny. Jolie is attractive with blonde hair, just not in that pic: http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00003CWQR.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
  7. TOC *and* a Libertarian? *gets the pitchfork and torches*
  8. From today's Variety: Lionsgate shrugging Studio to shoulder long-gestating 'Shrugged' Ayn Rand's most ambitious novel may finally be brought to the bigscreen after years of false starts. Lionsgate has picked up worldwide distribution rights to "Atlas Shrugged" from Howard and Karen Baldwin ("Ray"), who will produce with John Aglialoro. Angelina Jolie, a longtime devotee of Rand's, and Brad Pitt, also a fan, are rumored to be circling the leading roles of Dagny Taggart and John Galt. "Atlas Shrugged," which runs more than 1,100 pages, has faced a lengthy and circuitous journey to a film adaptation. The Russian-born author's seminal tome, published in 1957, revolves around the economic collapse of the U.S. sometime in the future and espouses her individualistic philosophy of objectivism. The violent, apocalyptic ending has always posed a challenge but could prove especially so in the post-9/11 climate. Howard Baldwin said some people have pigeonholed "Atlas" as better suited for a miniseries. That's why he sometimes pondered turning "Atlas" into two movies. In fact, a two-part script penned by James V. Hart ("Contact") for the Baldwins envisions "Atlas" as two pics, although it's likely to be reworked. For years, producer Al Ruddy tried to make Rand's definitive book into a movie, attracting the interest of Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway at one point. But while Rand was still alive, she had script approval, complicating the process. After the author's death in 1982, Ruddy continued his efforts and, in 1999, he inked a pactpact to produce "Atlas" as a miniseries for TNT. Ultimately, the deal faltered. In 2003, the Baldwins acquired the film rights to the novel from Aglialoro, a New York businessman, after launching Crusader Entertainment with Philip Anschutz. Hart was hired at that time to adapt. Anschutz, however, ultimately decided not to make the movie. The Baldwins then took the project with them when they left Crusader and formed the Baldwin Entertainment Group. "What we've always needed was a studio that had the same passion for this project that we and John have," said Baldwin, Generally speaking, Lionsgate keeps production budgets below $25 million. "Atlas" is likely to cost north of $30 million, but the studio will reduce its exposure through international pre-salespre-sales and co-financing partners. Actors would likely take less money upfrontupfront -- a common practice for the indieindie. Rand's individualistic and character-driven stories have captured the imagination of Hollywood before. Warner Bros. made "The Fountainhead," starring Gary Cooper as the maverick architect Howard Roark, in 1949. Oliver Stone was attached to direct a remake of "Fountainhead" for Warner Bros. and Paramount, but the project has languished in development. Along the way, Pitt expressed interest in playing Roark.
  9. American Beauty, Matrix, and Fight Club are amazing movies O_o
  10. www.otnemem.com is part of the story - canon as per creators.
  11. I started reading Atlas because I was a flaming Communist in high school and someone told me to read it to set me straight. It did.
  12. So I have this friend. He's a freshman in college, and a psychology major. I went to high school with the guy, and he's a good friend. He's on some sort of crusade against Objectivism, and I still haven't figured out why. It almost seems as a giant personal attack. He has said he "doesn't want me to believe in a mistake." He brought up Dr. Ellis's "Is Objectivism a Religion?" book - an attack on Objectivism from 1962 that's out of print. He actually went out and bought the book. I have no problems with critics of Objectivism - but he's only read "some stuff online" and about a third of Atlas. He asks me how "I follow a flaw" and says he "feels there are problems with O'ism" and Dr. Ellis confirms it. When I brought up the point that he's not bringing up anything but what others say - he says "points are points whether they are mine or not." Right now he's saying that his logic TA has a "friend that got fuxed up by objectivism." Thoughts?
  13. http://wiki.objectivismonline.net/index.php/Atlas_Shrugged Uh...
  14. Note I said philosophers, not complete philosophies of. Mine are Nietzsche and Aristotle. I've grown to like Nietzsche quite a bit during my "Great Philosophers: Nietzsche" class this semester.
  15. Absolutely correct. It is not moral to hire a prostitute or to do cocaine, but I fully believe those two things should be legal. Sex with animals is probably not moral - however, should it be legal in a free society?
  16. In an Objectivist society, would bestiality be illegal? I argued yes, as having sex with anything that can not consent is wrong and illegal. A friend argued that animals have no rights, just as they do not choose to be slaughtered, they do not have the option of consent.
  17. Anyone read these? I really enjoy them, and my favorite characters are the Lannisters...
  18. Wheel of Time really slowed down around books 7 and 8 (A Crown of Swords and A Path of Daggers) However, 9 and 10 are great - Winter's Heart and Crossroads of Twilight. Give it another chance!
  19. Soul of the Fire was the last one I read, I've missed FOUR books?
  20. WASHINGTON - The federal government plans to begin doling out debit cards worth $2,000 each to adult victims of Hurricane Katrina, The Associated Press has learned. It's unclear how much the debit card program will cost the government, but it's likely to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars since hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/a...ina_debit_cards
  21. Here's an excerpt from the Capitalist Manifesto http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=4333 "For two centuries, capitalism has cried out for its supporters to finally embrace the code of rational egoism as an undiluted virtue of which to be proud. That will be an important part of this book. The torrent of facts showing capitalism's practical superiority will be presented within a philosophical framework showing that capitalism is the only moral system for human beings. " I think this book has already been written...
  22. Definitely true. I don't really mean the property loss - I mean the pumping water out, the first emergency response. Would it be the government of New Orleans/Louisiana?
  23. How would an Objectivist government(at the federal, state, and local level) have dealt with the massive rescue and subsequent funding of the pumping/rebuilding/etc. ? FEMA estimates the damage to exceed $25B.
  24. My biggest problem with Libertarians is that they are willing to march with people that hate America, such as the International Socialist Organization, the World Workers' Party, and the Revolutionary Communist Party to get their point across. I have a picture of a LP banner "1-800-ELECT-US" next to a sign calling for the death of Israel (at an anti-war rally).
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