Ayn Rand

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As we put fingers to keyboard, the cinematic release of the conclusion to Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, is less than 10 hours away. To most people, this probably qualifies as a non-event. The first film cost only $20 million to make, was shown in fewer than 300 theaters domestically, and earned back a paltry figure of less than $5 million, an anemic performance by any measuring stick.
With the sequel set to show in over a thousand theaters, there’s a chance it will make at least somewhat of a bigger splash than part one, but we shall see. The problem the film ran into the first time around was that – adapted from Ayn Rand’s magnum opus and applauding the themes of individual responsibility and capitalism – leftist …

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<a rel="attachment wp-att-1232" href="http://swanklife.com/?attachment_id=1232"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-1232" src="http://swanklife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/6929565499_c877b5d521_m.jpg" alt="" width="240" height="160" /></a>We saw plenty of debate smiles last week when President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates. While most pundits and citizens gave the performance nod to Romney, we were more taken with how unswank the whole process has become. Ever since the inaugural televised presidential showdown between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, we’ve been subjected to a continuous erosion of quality which consists mostly of the candidates taking turns sticking their thumbs in their ears, waggling fingers, and blowing a big ol’ Bronx cheer in the opponent’s direction.