John Oliver on Ayn Rand: How Is She Still "a Thing?"

Jay Hathaway · 09/29/14 10:45AM

In the latest installment of Last Week Tonight's "How Is This Still a Thing?" John Oliver investigates the ongoing popularity of pernicious pseudo-philosopher Ayn Rand, whose works have experienced a resurgence among non-high-schoolers—especially CEOs and members of Congress—during the past decade.

Ayn Rand's Capitalist Paradise Is Now a Greedy Land-Grabbing Shitstorm

Adam Weinstein · 08/28/14 11:56AM

Atlas Shrugged readers remember Galt's Gulch as the rural refuge where Ayn Rand's Real Men of Genius spurned American socialism for their own anti-leftist paradise. Some inspired libertarians have set up a real-life Galt's Gulch in Chile. Unregulated capitalism, though, is presenting some problems!

Meet the Ayn Rand Scholar Who Beat Eric Cantor

Allie Jones · 06/11/14 07:25AM

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary last night to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat. Many are already puzzling over what this means for the future of the Republican party (nothing good, really), but first, let's take a look at the challenger himself. Who is Dave Brat?

100,000 'Atlas Shrugged' DVDs Recalled for Perfectly Hilarious Reason

Jim Newell · 11/11/11 02:41PM

In what appears to be a legitimate press release on the blog of the official Atlas Shrugged Part I website, the producers of the film have announced that they will "replace more than 100,000 title sheets appearing on the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 DVD and Blu-ray versions." Sounds like a pain in the ass. Why? Did child porn pics somehow show up on them? No! But the ultimate Randian curse word — "self-sacrifice" — did, and that's worse.

Catholics Take on the Republican Cult of Ayn Rand

Jim Newell · 06/06/11 12:50PM

Right-wingers have long been fascinated by Ayn Rand, the mid-century pop philosopher who defined moral behavior as doing whatever will make you, the individual, happy, and opposed any government intervention in the economy or charitable giving. Based on her economic beliefs, you can understand why, for example, Rep. Paul Ryan makes each of his staff members read her most famous novel Atlas Shrugged. But shouldn't it bother some of these right-wingers that she was, to use their own language, a "radical atheist," too?

Jimmy Wales's dishonest campaign ad

Owen Thomas · 11/04/08 01:00PM

In a YouTube video, Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales opines about foreign policy. We love how the video producer added in visuals for every "err." We wonder: Is Wales stumbling over his words because he doesn't really believe what he's saying?Wales has long been an Objectivist, a follower of the writings and political philosophy of Ayn Rand, who thoroughly rejected altruism. Wales's statements in the video thoroughly contradict Objectivist thinking on foreign policy, which boils down to "an eye for an eye" and "screw the United Nations." He also contradicts his own privately expressed political views. But that just makes him a clever capitalist: He knows he can get more speaking gigs overseas by feigning Euroliberalism.

'Times' Standards Editor Clears Perfume Critic Of Stinky Charges

abalk · 08/21/07 09:30AM

Times cologne critic Chandler Burr got accused of an ethical blunder. Last week a correspondent going by the name of Ellsworth Toohey sent around the following complaint, asking: "Is it ethical for New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr to charge all comers a fee of $200 a head to have dinner with him — and for Mr. Burr to hand out a "goody bag" of perfumes to each guest — at the end of the evening? That is what Mr. Burr is now doing with a series of "scent dinners" he is holding at various luxurious Rosewood Hotels around the U.S., including recently at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and coming up at properties including the Mansion at Turtle Creek in Dallas."