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#1 rtg24

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:57 PM

http://www.bloomberg...ld-courses.html

John Allison, former chairman of bank holding company BB&T Corp. (BBT), admires author Ayn Rand so much that he devised a strategy to spread her laissez-faire principles on U.S. campuses. Allison, working through the BB&T Charitable Foundation, gives schools grants of as much as $2 million if they agree to create a course on capitalism and make Randís masterwork, ďAtlas Shrugged,Ē required reading.

Allisonís crusade to counter what he considers the anti- capitalist orthodoxy at universities has produced results -- and controversy. Some 60 schools, including at least four campuses of the University of North Carolina, began teaching Randís book after getting the foundation money. Faculty at several schools that have accepted Allisonís terms are protesting, saying donors shouldnít have the power to set the curriculum to pursue their political agendas, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its June issue.



#2 Arnold

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:23 PM

http://www.bloomberg...ld-courses.html

John Allison, former chairman of bank holding company BB&T Corp. (BBT), admires author Ayn Rand so much that he devised a strategy to spread her laissez-faire principles on U.S. campuses. Allison, working through the BB&T Charitable Foundation, gives schools grants of as much as $2 million if they agree to create a course on capitalism and make Randís masterwork, ďAtlas Shrugged,Ē required reading.

Allisonís crusade to counter what he considers the anti- capitalist orthodoxy at universities has produced results -- and controversy. Some 60 schools, including at least four campuses of the University of North Carolina, began teaching Randís book after getting the foundation money. Faculty at several schools that have accepted Allisonís terms are protesting, saying donors shouldnít have the power to set the curriculum to pursue their political agendas, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its June issue.

Oh I get it, it's not the man who pays the piper who calls the tune, but an elite who decides what will be played. What arrogance.
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Posted 11 May 2011 - 11:37 PM

...Faculty at several schools that have accepted Allison's terms are protesting, saying donors shouldn't have the power to set the curriculum to pursue their political agendas, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its June issue.

Oh I get it, it's not the man who pays the piper who calls the tune, but an elite who decides what will be played. What arrogance.

Well-stated, Arnold. But it really is consistent with their long experience, that large donor foundations and businesses donate huge chunks of money, with no earmarking of the funds to any specified curriculum. Both sides of the transaction are used to that. The businesses, i.e. the victims, have long given their sanction to the overwhelmingly Leftist intellectual elite, trusting them to prepare and provide well-educated, productive new young recruits to their enterprises. Little did many of those companies know that what they were funding were the Leftist equivalent of Madrassas, churning out indoctrinated young Socialist and knee-jerk anti-intellectuals with a repertoire of facile slogans and a sense of entitlement. Of course many excellent people survive this attempt at brainwashing, but academia has done a great job of presenting a highly-skewed view of the world, the United States and its history, and complete moral grayness, and has damaged, now, at least 2 generations, soon 3, if you limit the discussion just to the post-WW2 era.

Bravo to John Allison for seizing the opportunity to give students access to a rational alternative the the crap the whiners would prefer to preach.

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 05:34 AM

He's not alone, Lars Seier Christensen (Saxo Bank, initially called Midas although they had to change their name when going international due to the African Mida Bank) has donated over 10,000 copies of Atlas Shrugged to Danish kids, after getting it translated in Danish for that precise purpose. He also funds several "liberal" (in the continental sense, i.e. freedom-oriented) think tanks in the same country, and university programmes.

I do think buying copies of Atlas and giving them to teenagers is a cheap way to make a very large impact. I have seen, at Cambridge University and later in life, great correlation between early exposure to Objectivist ideas and success in life. Bear in mind this is in Europe, where the culture of achievement is non-existent and looked down upon.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:17 PM

Well I am 15 and a few months ago was a very extreme communist. I read all of the communist and socialist books from the communist manifesto to an introduction to socialism. When I read Atlas Shrugged it opened my eyes and realized how flawed the collectivist ideologies were.
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:25 PM

Well I am 15 and a few months ago was a very extreme communist. I read all of the communist and socialist books from the communist manifesto to an introduction to socialism. When I read Atlas Shrugged it opened my eyes and realized how flawed the collectivist ideologies were.


Many people are taken in by left wing collectivism out of a sense of outrage and a desire for justice. Grasping justice is a difficult matter and one must be mature in his thinking and/or have some experience. That is why young people often fall for the blandishments of the left.

I believe it was Churchill who one said -- If a young man is not a socialist by the time his is 20 he has no heart and if he is still a socialist when he is 40 he has no sense.

You are are not the first young person who was misled by left wing crapdoodle and you won't be the last.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:29 AM

Well I am 15 and a few months ago was a very extreme communist. I read all of the communist and socialist books from the communist manifesto to an introduction to socialism. When I read Atlas Shrugged it opened my eyes and realized how flawed the collectivist ideologies were.

Welcome to the "I believed silly things when I was young, then I read Atlas Shrugged and..." club!

It's very exciting when you are young and encounter Miss Rand's ideas for the first time! Read, study, and enjoy her works! :-D

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:12 AM

It's very exciting when you are young and encounter Miss Rand's ideas for the first time! Read, study, and enjoy her works! :-D


I'll second that emotion -- and the thought behind it.
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