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Ayn Rand Wrote a Guide for Hollywood on How to Make Pro-Capitalist Movies Ayn Rand Wrote a Guide for Hollywood on How to Make Pro-Capitalist Movies

Today, Ayn Rand is perhaps best known as your virgin cousin’s favorite author to fawn over during Thanksgiving dinner. But back in the 1940s, Rand was better known for helping root out Communists in Hollywood. She testified to Congress and even wrote an entire pamphlet about how to make their movies as pro-America as…

Zack Snyder Is Adapting Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead For an Audience of Moochers Zack Snyder Is Adapting Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead For an Audience of Moochers

This news made my brain throw up a “404 File Not Found” page as a form of self-defense. It just couldn’t reconcile this with reality. I’m so tired, guys. I need to lie down for a moment.

14 Dumbest Ways That Humans Will Survive The Apocalypse 14 Dumbest Ways That Humans Will Survive The Apocalypse

The whole point of a post-apocalyptic story is that someone survives. But when you have a calamity that wipes out 99.9 percent of all humans, then how exactly do you explain the survivors? In honor of the new Maze Runner movie, here are the 14 dumbest ways people survive the apocalypse.

No, Tomorrowland Isn't Really An Optimistic Movie No, Tomorrowland Isn't Really An Optimistic Movie

There’s a meme going around that Tomorrowland underperformed at the box office because people weren’t ready for its message of optimism. There’s just one problem — Tomorrowland isn’t an optimistic film at all.

Here's What Would Happen If You Asked Ayn Rand To Loan You Money Here's What Would Happen If You Asked Ayn Rand To Loan You Money

In 1949, a 17-year-old girl named Connie Papurt wanted to buy a dress but needed $25. So she did what a lot of young women in her situation would do: asked a relative if she could borrow the money. The relative? Her aunt, author and economic philosopher Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand personally profited from FDR's New Deal Ayn Rand personally profited from FDR's New Deal

In 1936 Ayn Rand was no fan of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal programs. So it may come as a surprise to fans of Rand that the libertarian icon took money from the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Theatre Project. Like a lot of money.

What If Ayn Rand Had Written Buffy The Vampire Slayer? What If Ayn Rand Had Written Buffy The Vampire Slayer?

Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg adds to her ongoing alt-history series of movies, books and TV shows penned by Objectivist Ayn Rand (previously). The results are characteristically superb.

With Part III, Atlas Shrugged Becomes An Awesome, Torrid Romance With Part III, Atlas Shrugged Becomes An Awesome, Torrid Romance

Like The Hobbit, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand was too awesome to adapt as just one movie. And now at last, the movie trilogy is complete. And the third movie is by far the most entertaining, because it focuses on the torrid romance between railroad genius Dagny Taggart and the dreamy, lion-coiffed John Galt. Spoilers…

What If Ayn Rand Had Written Harry Potter? What If Ayn Rand Had Written Harry Potter?

How might Harry Potter have played out with Objectivist Supreme Ayn Rand at the keyboard?

At Long Last, We're Getting An Ayn Rand Musical At Long Last, We're Getting An Ayn Rand Musical

Why did this take so long? There's an all-singing, all-dancing Ayn Rand off-Broadway production coming to New York in May. The Anthem is inspired by Rand's novella "Anthem," set in a world where individuality is illegal. Including the cowboy from the Village People!

Webcomic biography of Ayn Rand puts her works in context Webcomic biography of Ayn Rand puts her works in context

Ayn Rand is a divisive figure in literature and political thought, and her life story helps us understand a great deal about her philosophy. Cartoonist Darryl Cunningham delivers a brief biography of Rand, from her childhood on.

The market has spoken! Atlas Shrugged Part 3 comes out next year! The market has spoken! Atlas Shrugged Part 3 comes out next year!

This is the best news today. The first two installments of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy are a source of endless campy fascination, especially Esai Morales' performance in the second. So we're beyond thrilled that the third movie has gotten a green light, because men of genius cannot be suppressed.

This pre-Internet chatroom conversation between Jim Henson, Ayn Rand, Yoko Ono and Sidney Nolan is fake. But it's amazing. This pre-Internet chatroom conversation between Jim Henson, Ayn Rand, Yoko Ono and Sidney Nolan is fake. But it's amazing.

Before the Internet, there was ARPANET — an experimental computer network brought to life in the 1960s by the U.S. Department of Defense. The design goals of the DOD's sui generis packet-switching plexus were manifold, and its role in laying the groundwork for what would become the Internet cannot be overstated;…

Atlas Shrugged 2: The Wrath of Keynes! Atlas Shrugged 2: The Wrath of Keynes!

The second installment of the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy is out today, just a few weeks before the presidential election. And in the proud tradition of sequels, this film ramps up the action. The government mandates are crazier. The political speechifying is more intense. And the principled statements about freedom…

Evolutionary Anthropology to Ayn Rand: You Fail Evolutionary Anthropology to Ayn Rand: You Fail

Over at Slate, evolutionary anthropologist Eric Michael Johnson has a fascinating essay about what science has to say about Ayn Rand's theories of human nature. After immersing himself in Rand's work, Johnson set out to uncover what researchers in the field of evolutionary anthropology had discovered about human…

The Best Science Fiction Writer You Didn't Know You'd Read The Best Science Fiction Writer You Didn't Know You'd Read

Although Fredric Brown's novels and short story collections have made only intermittent and often obscure appearances in print since his death in 1973, rare is the science fiction fan who hasn't unwittingly stumbled across his inimitable work at some point. Brown really is the best mid-century science fiction writer…

Noted Literary Dunce Ayn Rand Finally Goes Interactive with Atlas Shrugged App Noted Literary Dunce Ayn Rand Finally Goes Interactive with Atlas Shrugged App

That pretentious kid from high school/college/life who cited Ayn Rand quotes about the glory of self-interest and the triumph of the free market, despite being kind of a broke-ass loser? He's about to start masturbating: Atlas Shrugged, the app.

Nobody Pays Taxes Today: Tax Revolts from Science Fiction and Fantasy Nobody Pays Taxes Today: Tax Revolts from Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tax day is coming! No matter how you feel about the government and the things it does, you can't help but feel a twinge of pain as you send your painstaking calculations (and possibly a hefty check) to the IRS.

The Atlas Shrugged trailer stars a bunch of people yelling about the railroad industry The Atlas Shrugged trailer stars a bunch of people yelling about the railroad industry

The first trailer for Atlas Shrugged: Part I director Paul Johansson's big-screen adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged has hit the web. In all honesty, it looks like a slightly duller remake of Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. That being said, I'd watch the crap out of Atlas Shrugged if Steven Seagal played John…

Man Scrawls World’s Biggest Message with a GPS ‘Pen’ Man Scrawls World’s Biggest Message with a GPS ‘Pen’

One man drove 12,238 miles and across 30 states in the U.S. to scrawl a message that could only be viewed using Google Earth. His big shoutout: "Read Ayn Rand."

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