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A rather good companion of mine with a penchant for science fiction frequents my domicile at least weekly. Now that we have progressed our way through the entire SciFi corpus, we have decided to direct our attention to the incorrectly termed genre of Hacking Movies.

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Of course, moive reviews are not sufficient unless one channels them in the style of Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand reviews Hax0r Movies

Forthcoming Playlist (in no particular order)

Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)
Rachel Griffiths, Anthony LaPaglia, Alex Williams

Limitless (2011)
Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish

Blackhat (2015)
Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei

Blackhat (2015)
Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei

The Net (1995)
Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller

Jumping Jack Flash (1986)
Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Collins, John Wood

War Games (1983)
Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood

Sneakers (1992)
Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier

There are more to come and suggestions are most certainly welcome.

Ayn Rand References

Day at Night: Ayn Rand, author, "Atlas Shrugged"

Host James Day interviews philosopher and writer Ayn Rand, who explains her philosophy of objectivism and offers her concept of the ideal man. Rand also discusses her thoughts on rationality, love, morality, free will, and art. She describes her early determination to become a writer, and the ideas encompassed in her influential novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Taped at WNET in New York.

Day at Night originally aired on public television from 1973-1974. This episode was restored by CUNY Television. (Taped: 03/29/74)

Ayn Rand at Columbia University

Ayn Rand Institute

Throughout the 1960s, Ayn Rand conducted a series of radio lectures and interviews on Columbia University’s campus radio station, WKCR. The lectures were often written works that had previously been in print elsewhere, while the interviews consist of students and professors inquiring about Objectivism.

The topics Rand covered include the state of the world, industrialists, human rights, law and government.

Through these collected recordings, longtime students of Objectivism and intellectually curious newcomers alike can gain a unique insight into Rand’s thinking.

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Background reading

The Objectivist Newsletter, The Objectivist and The Ayn Rand Letter - Bundle.

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  • The Objectivist Newsletter (1962-65) (Hardcover; 224 pages)
  • The Objectivist (1966-1971) (Hardcover; 1,114 pages)
  • The Ayn Rand Letter (1971-1976) (Hardcover; 400 pages)

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Rescuing Grammar from the Pedants

Principles of Grammar is a new book by Leonard Peikoff based on lectures and student exercises from his 1981 live course, expertly but lightly edited by Michael S. Berliner. Peikoff, who is a philosopher by profession, maintains that the source of grammar’s authority is neither tradition nor social convention but immutable facts about the human mind.

This article was originally published on December 10, 2020, on New Ideal, the journal of the Ayn Rand Institute. Read the full article here.

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