These are my links for October 25th through October 27th:
- The One Argument Ayn Rand Couldn’t Win — New York Magazine – …as James put it, â€œa certain insincerity in our philosophic discussions: the potentest of all our premises is never mentionedâ€‰â€¦â€‰What the system pretends to be is a picture of the great universe of God. What it isâ€”and oh so flagrantly!â€”is the revelation of how intensely odd the personal flavor of some fellow creature is.â€No one would have been angrier about this claim, and no one confirms its truth more profoundly, than Ayn Rand. Few fellow creatures have had a more intensely odd personal flavor; her temperament could have neutered an ox at 40 paces. She was proud, grouchy, vindictive, insulting, dismissive, and rash. (One former associate called her â€œthe Evel Knievel of leaping to conclusions.â€) But she was also idealistic, yearning, candid, worshipful, precise, and improbably charming. She funneled all of these contradictory elements into Objectivism, the home-brewed philosophy that won her thousands of Cold Warâ€“era followers and that seems to be making some noise once again …
- Monsters and the Moral Imagination – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education – The reasons for this increased monster culture are hard to pin down. Maybe it’s social anxiety in the post-9/11 decade, or the conflict in Iraqâ€”some think there’s an uptick in such fare during wartime. Perhaps it’s the economic downturn. The monster proliferation can be explained, in part, by exploring the meaning of monsters. Popular culture is re-enchanted with meaningful monsters, and even the eggheads are stroking their chinsâ€”last month saw the seventh global conference on Monsters and the Monstrous at the University of Oxford.
- The history of management consulting : The New Yorker – … in October of 1910, when Louis Brandeis, a fifty-three-year-old lawyer from Boston, held a meeting at an apartment in New York with a bunch of experts who, at Brandeisâ€™s urging, decided to call what they were experts at â€œscientific management.â€ Everyone thereâ€”including Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, best known today as the parents in â€œCheaper by the Dozenâ€â€”had contracted â€œTayloritisâ€: they were enthralled by an industrial engineer from Philadelphia named Frederick Winslow Taylor, who had been ordering people around, scientifically, for years. Speedy Taylor, as he was called, had invented a new way to make money. He would get himself hired by some business; spend a while watching people work, stopwatch and slide rule in hand; write a report telling them how to do their work faster; and then submit an astronomical bill for his services. He is the â€œFather of Scientific Managementâ€, and, … the grandfather of management consulting.