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What “9 Life Lessons from Ayn Rand” Gets Right (and Wrong)

The highly trafficked “Philosophies for Life” Youtube channel released a video attempting to distill “9 Life Lessons from Ayn Rand.” The 25 minute video has gained more than 44,000 views so far: how well does it succeed at its goal? Compared to how Rand is often treated by professional intellectuals, the video is remarkable for … Continue reading What “9 Life Lessons from Ayn Rand” Gets Right (and Wrong)

Quillette’s Anti-Intellectual Treatment of Ayn Rand

The magazine Quillette has gained prominence as a home for “free thought” and bills itself as relying “on reason, science, and humanism as our guiding values.” How has the magazine approached the 20th century’s leading philosophic advocate of reason, Ayn Rand? Recently, it ran a piece about Rand that flouts its own guiding values and … Continue reading Quillette’s Anti-Intellectual Treatment of Ayn Rand

What Jonah Goldberg’s Rejection of Ayn Rand Reveals

The prominent conservative intellectual Jonah Goldberg went out of his way recently to set the record straight: he’s definitely no fan of Ayn Rand. This was prompted by questions he received after an episode of FX’s drama Impeachment depicted his apartment as including a poster of the cover of Atlas Shrugged. What are Goldberg’s reasons? … Continue reading What Jonah Goldberg’s Rejection of Ayn Rand Reveals