Monday, July 23, 2012

Ayn Rand on Johnny Carson's TONIGHT SHOW

Many people in the objectivish sphere have waited to see Ayn Rand's appearance on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. (The story goes that Carson cancelled the other guests and spent the entire show with her.) These tapes were long-thought to be lost (although the transcript appears in the book Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed...more on that in a second), (Michael Paxton wanted them for his documentary Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life , but was told by Carson's people that the tapes were all destroyed), but they have surfaced on the website of one Kerry O'Quinn, who was a friend of Joan and Allan Blumenthal. O'Quinn claims that the VHS tapes were made by a fellow named John Waldrop.

(Regarding the transcript in Objectively Speaking...a poster has pointed out, on the Objectivist Living website, that Rand's mentioning of Nathaniel Branden was selectively omitted, and tied it in to Robert Campbell's "Rewrite Squad" thread (I discussed that previously, here), which chronicles the history of selective editing by the ARI of Rand's spoken words). Anyway, now we have both for comparison.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ayn Rand vs. Barack Obama

Obama, aping the villains from Atlas Shrugged, just fired a shot heard 'round the world:

If you understand the implications here, it's time to make YOUR opposition heard. DON'T HIDE YOUR LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL. Make the point clear, one way or the other, that the capitalist response is not just practical, or utilitarian, but MORAL...because not everyone is simply misguided or ignorant...some are out to burn the house down.

In answer to Obama, on business creation:

"It is morally obscene to regard wealth as an anonymous, tribal product and to talk about 'redistributing' it. The view that wealth is the result of some undifferentiated, collective, process, that we all did something and it's impossible to tell who did what, therefore some sort of equalitarian 'distribution' is necessary--might have been appropriate in a primordial jungle with a savage horde moving boulders by crude physical labor (though even there someone had to initiate and organize the moving)."

"To hold that view in an industrial society--where individual achievements are a matter of public record--is so crass an evasion that even to give it the benefit of the doubt is an obscenity... Mistakes of this size are not made innocently." - Ayn Rand, "What is Capitalism?" in Capitalism the Unknown Ideal

and another one: "Howard Roark laughed-at Barack Obama":

"We inherit the products of the thought of other men. We inherit the wheel. We make a cart. The cart becomes an automobile. The automobile becomes an airplane. But all through the process what we receive from others is only the end product of their thinking. The moving force, is the creative faculty which take this product as material, uses it and originates the next step. This creative faculty cannot be given or received, shared or borrowed. It belongs to single, individual men. That which it creates is the property of the creator. Men learn from one another. But all learning is only the exchange of material. No man can give another the capacity to think. " - Howard Roark's Speech in The Fountainhead