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First Principles - Last Things: Redistributionism

First Principles, Intercollegiate Studies Institute's online journal, is where college and university faculty and students access original and archival content on American intellectual conservatism.
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Libertarian Republican: GOP to adopt libertarian plank on Gold at RNC

Libertarian Republican: GOP to adopt libertarian plank on Gold at RNC | Ideology | Scoop.it

Here's an example of the gold-standard ideology at work.

 

Excerpt:

 

"The U.S. Republican Party will call next week for a commission to examine the possibility of returning the American currency to the gold standard."

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The Ayn Rand Institute: News and Highlights

The Ayn Rand Institute: News and Highlights | Ideology | Scoop.it

The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, California, works to introduce young people to Ayn Rand’s novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas.

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A Referendum on Ayn Rand by Piero Scaruffi

A Referendum on Ayn Rand by Piero Scaruffi | Ideology | Scoop.it

A reader comments:

 

"I suspect that Rand really bothers the left because her influence shows the limits of progressive social engineering and indoctrination. "

 

"She bypassed the left’s propaganda channels in education, academia and government by going straight to the market with her alternative humanism, and she found enthusiastic customers who bought her works with discretionary income and studied and thought about them on their own initiative, and even have written about them, even though this resembles the school work most Americans don’t care for."

 

"The Rand phenomenon provides an example of a Hayekian spontaneous order: No central planner mandated the introduction of her philosophy into the culture. People responded to her message organically and authentically, and in defiance of what progressives want them to believe and do."

 

"Progressives and many conservatives try to dismiss Rand, with some justification, as a kook, a sociopath and an ignoramus. But her success in culture-jamming progressivism while energizing a certain kind of conservatism shows that her world view must have some compelling things going for it, despite its deficiencies."

 

"What does it say about progressivism that her philosophy looks like a better deal to many Americans, even if they don’t buy the whole Randian package?"

 

"BTW, in case someone brings up Rand’s youthful infatuation with the murderer William Edward Hickman, I’d like to point out the left’s own much bigger problem with idolizing sociopaths and murderers."

 

"Norman Mailer’s famous essay in Dissent magazine, “The White Negro,” published in the same year as “Atlas Shrugged,” romanticizes murderous “psychopaths” as examples of authentic living and agents of disrupting the bourgeois order."

 

"And that doesn’t even begin to cover the left’s infatuation with the wholesale murderers Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Mao and the wannabe Che Guevara, whose image showed up in those Occupy derelict camps last year."

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The Revenge of Ayn Rand by Tirdad Derakhshani

The Revenge of Ayn Rand by Tirdad Derakhshani | Ideology | Scoop.it

What makes Rand so attractive to the right?

 

"She's for free markets and for free minds," said William Thomas, programs director at the Atlas Society. "She's for freedom of speech . . . and she is for economic freedom: deregulation, no taxes, and a free market."

 

Rand biographer Anne C. Heller said the Russian-born Rand, who fled the Soviet Union in 1925, had a lifelong aversion to collectivism and extolled the idea of the self-made individual.

 

"Her idea of individuals is a beautiful idea. It's the best of Ayn Rand. It's about individual rights," said Heller, author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made.

 

 "The heroes in her novels, as well as her own persona, was that of the rebellious outsider, and Americans love that. We've always loved Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield."

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Don't shrug off Paul Ryan's fascination with Ayn Rand

Don't shrug off Paul Ryan's fascination with Ayn Rand | Ideology | Scoop.it

Paul Ryan is a man of many ideas, which would ordinarily be a good thing, writes Paul Krugman.

 

"For those who somehow missed it when growing up, "Atlas Shrugged" is a fantasy in which the world's productive people -- the "job creators," if you like -- withdraw their services from an ungrateful society. "

 

" And, beyond that, consider the fact that Ryan is considered the modern GOP's big thinker. What does it say about the party when its intellectual leader evidently gets his ideas largely from deeply unrealistic fantasy novels?"

 

(c) 2012, New York Times News Service

 

Paul Krugman is a regular columnist for The New York Times.

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Deloitte | U.S. Federal Government | Technology Trends 2012 | A Federal perspective

Deloitte | U.S. Federal Government | Technology Trends 2012 | A Federal perspective | Ideology | Scoop.it

From Deloitte.com:

 

For the Federal government, the technology landscape is as compelling as ever, with technology trends offering new sets of tools to tackle emerging and persistent challenges.

 

The trends can enable Federal organizations to be more effective, insightful, collaborative, and efficient. Some organizations will up the ante to create new capabilities and even new operating models. The insights and examples championed in Deloitte's report, “Technology trends: A Federal perspective,” are only the tip of the iceberg.

 

As organizations seek more innovative ways to address changing stakeholder needs and continued budget pressures, these technology trends will likely play a greater role in helping organizations drive real change in the way they operate and serve constituents.

 

This report looks at the top 10 technology trends that will impact how Federal organizations do business, deliver on their mission, and serve constituents over the next 18 to 36 months.

 

Disruptors are technologies that can create sustainable positive disruption in IT capabilities, business operations, and sometimes even business models.

 

Social business

Gamification

Enterprise mobility unleashed

User empowerment

Hyper-hybrid cloud

 

Enablers are technologies in which many executives have already invested time and effort, but which warrant another look this year because of new developments.

 

Enablers may be more evolutionary than revolutionary, but the potential is there to elevate the game with technology.

 

Big data goes to work

Geospatial visualization

Digital identities

Measured innovation

Outside-in architecture

 

As Federal organizations continue to harness the power of change, look for agencies to achieve higher levels of performance, innovation, and efficiency. Use the trends to your advantage, whether your strategy is to step up or to wait and see.

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The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, District of Columbia.

The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, District of Columbia. | Ideology | Scoop.it

Please note:  This curated information is from aynrand.org.

 

The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights (ARC) is a public policy and media center in Washington, DC.

 

A division of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Center advocates for individual rights, with an emphasis on the morality of business and capitalism.

 

The Ayn Rand Center (ARC) is the public policy and outreach division of the Ayn Rand Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

The Center’s mission is to advance individual rights (the rights of each person to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness) as the moral basis for a fully free, laissez-faire capitalist society. ARC is named after author and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905–1982), who is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and for her original philosophy Objectivism.

 

The Center is located inside the D.C. Beltway and promotes the philosophical case for individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the public policy and business communities, the media and the general public, and to policy-makers.

 

Toward this end, the Center sponsors writing and research; produces articles, op-eds, and other media content; hosts forums, panel discussions, and debates; reaches out to businessmen, elected officials, and policymakers; and assists victims of governmental abuse in their efforts to defend themselves on moral grounds.

 

The Center promotes the principle of individual rights as a fundamental truth that each individual has a moral right to act on his own judgment for his own sake, so long as he does not violate that same right of others.

 

The use of the term “moral” here is not accidental. The Center sees this principle not only as a political matter, but also, and more fundamentally, as a moral matter, as a requirement of human life.

 

 

 

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What is Any Rand's value-add to a student saddled with $100,000 in debt?

What is Any Rand's value-add to a student saddled with $100,000 in debt? | Ideology | Scoop.it

Schools Find Ayn Rand Can’t Be Shrugged as Donors Build Courses

 

A few excerpts from the Bloomberg Markets Magazine article by Seth Lubove and Oliver Staley:

 

"Allison, 62, is one of a number of wealthy philanthropists who are making bold demands on schools as a condition of giving, says Jack Siegel, a lawyer whose Chicago-based Charity Governance Consulting LLC works with colleges and nonprofit groups."

 

"Seeking to leave their imprint on everything from the direction of scientific research to the performance of sports teams, these benefactors are stirring conflicts when their causes don’t fit with the priorities of administrators and faculty."

  

"The strings attached to the gifts present university presidents with tough choices: While schools suffering from diminished endowments and government funding cuts following the recession need the money, administrators are sometimes forced to reject the offers to avoid a dust-up on campus."

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Trumpet Comments on "Don't shrug off Paul Ryan's facination with Ayn Rand"

Trumpet Comments on "Don't shrug off Paul Ryan's facination with Ayn Rand" | Ideology | Scoop.it

"Ayn Rand openly scorned Jesus and Christianity."


"Ryan now is frantically trying to claim that he's really a Catholic- but you can't follow Jesus and Rand- the two are mutually exclusive."


"Rand is a terrible author, but her influence in the GOP is huge. Her followers include Alan Greenspan, Clarence Thomas, and Ryan, among many others."

 

"Greenspan admitted that his randian views led him to influence many others that Wall St. could just regulate itself. That Congress shouldn't regulate derivatives, because the geniuses on Wall St. understood them so much better than anybody else."


"Later , after the crash , Greenspan admitted that he had been wrong about that, but the damage had already been done."


"Rand also scorned the 'parasites' and 'leeches' that took from the government."

 

"But when she got sick , she went and got help from the government she loved to scorn."

 

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Ayn Rand, Preacher of Selfishness Inspiring Paul Ryan

Ayn Rand, Preacher of Selfishness Inspiring Paul Ryan | Ideology | Scoop.it

The original article was written by Uri Avnery published in the Palestine Chronicle, an online news magazine and journal about Palestine, Israel, the Arab world, and the Middle East.  Below are a taste of Uri's commentary:

 

"No wonder that she [Ayn Rand] posthumously became the darling of the Tea Party fanatics who are now dominating the Republican Party. "

 

"And no wonder that Paul Ryan proudly cites her as one of his most important mentors."

 

"Her funeral was attended by her devotees, including Alan Greenspan, one of the gravediggers of the US economy.)"

 

There is something in the teachings of this Jewish White Russian preacher of extreme egoism that appeals to the primitive American myths of rugged individualism, gun-toting Wild West self-reliance, suspicion of the domination-hungry state (going back to King George III)."

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