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  1. Darko Lazic at |


  2. Little_Sam at |

    Peter and the Wolf is not a symphony. It is symphonic but not a symphony.

  3. 5minutes at |

    ” Interestingly, many of these people also believe that Russia is America’s number one geopolitical foe”

    Not true. Many of the people who’ve adopted Ayn Rand’s writings as the basis of their political beliefs consider socialism and communism, not “Russia”, their greatest foe. While Russia certainly has a communist past and a socialist present, it is not the geopolitical entity that modern objectivists and libertarians have an issue with.

    Additionally, Ayn Rand left Russia for those exact reasons. Then she became an American Citizen, joined the Republican Party (she had no taste for people who wanted to form a party after her ideology), and spent much of her life trying to justify her decisions under her philosophy.

    1. Martin Fiero at |

      Right, she was born in pre-soviet Russia. her father owned a pharmacy(s). it was taken by the state. it was one of many experiences that shaped her political philosophies. Russia has contributed tons to the world. all the better stuff was precommunism.

  4. purpleonion at |

    Since when were the Rolling Stones ‘icons of American culture’?

  5. Sheamus at |

    Franz Ferdinand (the band) is from Glasgow, Scotland. Besides, who is “Any Rand”?

  6. Brian at |

    pointless list

    1. Shell Harris at |

      I think your comment fits nicely then.

      Sorry, Brian. I couldn’t resist. I know you are a long-time reader, so I hope we can joke.

      1. brian at |

        I mean a lot of these things have very little to do with shaping pop culture. Because the rolling stones were inspired to write one song about something to do with russia? It is a huge stretch. You could have at least said vodka or something that is actually russian


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