Randex

Wednesday 22 October 2014
Mark Bailey and Kirsten Allen, The Wildlife News
Negative  

Ten years ago I sat down and read Michael Crichton’s novel State of Fear. While far from his best work, it was his usual roller coaster of a techno-thriller. And, rather strangely, it was blatantly Ayn Rand-like in its political speeches that attempted to convince the reader that the government and the environmental movement conspired to keep you in a state of fear in order that you could be controlled. His was one of the first loud voices of the climate change deniers to use pseudo-science claims, his propelled by compelling, cliff hanging scenes. I thought, well hell, two can play that game.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Thomas Michalski, Express Milwaukee
Neutral  

Soon, they were introducing Hodgman, but which Hodgman would it be? The Deranged Millionaire? The Resident Expert? Ayn Rand?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Matthew Remski, Huffington Post

See, if your manifesto had been written in Buffalo it would say things like “Try to get that first shift at least three times per week.” Or, “Even though you’re exhausted, go easy on the coffee.” Or “You can’t ask John Galt for a living wage.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
John Aravosis, AMERICAblog

Because I’m loathe to pull punches, I’ll admit to liking Atlas Shrugged, and Ayn Rand, in college.

Some of her non-Atlas writing, especially about the Soviet Union, was pretty spot on. (I was, and remain, pretty hawkish on all things Soviet, including modern-day reincarnations. I’ve never been a great fan of bullies.)

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Derek Hunter, Daily Caller

As the alpacas march off to the lollipop factory to get their jobs, they discover things aren’t fair. The first alpaca, “Happy,” is the daughter of the CEO, gets to be “VP of synergy,” a job no one understands but it pays well because her dad is rich. Happy’s father is shown in a painting holding a copy of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, because everyone knows Rand is evil.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
David Alm, AskMen

“There’s nothing as significant as the human face,” wrote Ayn Rand in The Fountainhead. “Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything.”

Leaving her politics aside, Rand captured in those lines our fascination with faces, and our irrational belief that they embody a person’s soul. But they do not – they are, by definition, a front.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Peter Galuszka, Bacon's Rebellion (VA)

He draws a lot of his thinking from Ayn Rand, the famous thinker, refugee from the Bolsheviks and backer of her own brand of anti-government capitalism. It may interest Brat that by today’s standards, Rand would have been an illegal immigrant.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Avital Pilpel, Times of Israel - Avital Pilpel (Jerusalem)

Recently, various people in the public eye, from protesters to professors, openly declared their allegiance to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of egoism, known as ‘Objectivism’. The reaction to these people is, typically, that Rand’s view are morally dangerous and selfish. I believe that this is a slander on Rand’s character.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Richard Astukewicz, The Daily News (Newburyport, MA)

I came across someone who could not agree with my compromise issues. The person totally raked me over the coals. He used a quote by Ayn Rand, the radical Russian immigrant, a believer in capitalism and the theory of Objectivism. I am a believer in capitalism, but my capitalists have a public duty to good of society; not so with Any Rand.
She wrote, “There are two sides to every issue; one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Yahoo! Finance

Brien Lundin is a co-founder and director of Thunderstruck Resources. He runs the New Orleans Investment Conference which has featured influential speakers such as Ayn Rand, Margaret Thatcher and Alan Greenspan.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Harrison Finzel, State Press (AZ State U)
Positive  

Ayn Rand summed up best the proper role of debate: “When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit.” Are we not rational men and women?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014
Julia Baird, ABC (Australia)
Neutral  

Janet Albrechtsen has been labelled Australia’s answer to Ayn Rand, who famously said: “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” So who is she really?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2014