Randex

Tuesday 23 December 2014
David Mills, Patheos

Ayn Rand was an awful, awful human being. Had she not become a guru, she would have had no friends, or been the kind of person no one likes who still accumulates a few admiring followers, whom she would banish for the slightest deviation from total devotion — a particularly mean Mean Girl. But you never know why someone is as he is and if with the same experiences you would have done as badly or worse.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

In laying out the ideas that I would most like readers on the right to learn from Ayn Rand, I realized one of the most important items was “a third alternative in the culture wars.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
Matthew d'Ancona, Evening Standard (London)

The Culture Secretary certainly seems to be everywhere these days — and not just in the obvious venues for a candidate-in-waiting to make his pitch. Next month, for instance, he is introducing The Fountainhead, the movie version of Ayn Rand’s classic novel of radical individualism, to the Crossbench Film Society (an enterprising new Westminster venture organised by journalist and cineaste Peter Hoskin).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
James O'Malley, Tech Digest

Isn’t it funny how Santa always gives the most expensive presents to the richest kids? Don’t be fooled, the red is misleading – Santa Claus is essentially an ultra right-wing avatar promoting Randian individualism.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
David Akadjian, AlterNet

According to Scott McConnell’s 100 Voices: An Oral History of Ayn Rand she did indeed. Unfortunately, none are included in McConnell’s 656 page book.

Fortunately, with a little help from the Ayn Rand Archives*, we’re able to present to you this exclusive, never-before-seen collection of Ayn Rand favorites.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Monday 22 December 2014
Lloyd Alter, Treehugger
  1. Architecture is a language. We have to abide by the grammatical ground rules, otherwise dissonance and confusion abound. Totally agree. 100 years ago there were rulebooks for architects, recognized styles and patterns that meant that even hack architects could turn out buildings that at least looked like something. When the ground rules went out the window we got a lot of really terrible buildings that just didn’t work, which is why in the long run Peter Keating probably built better buildings than Howard Roark. 8/10.
Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Dec 2014
BK Faunce, OpEdNews

When last we left our dubious hero, he was learning a great lesson about life, liberty and the pursuit of Ayn-Randian self-aggrandizement – and whether or not it squares with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Patrick Reis, National Journal
Anthem   Neutral  

Politidorks are a touchy bunch, and it’s easy to attempt to give a well-intentioned gift whose recipient will mistake it for your attempt to short-circuit the revolution. You may find Ayn Rand’s anthem to be a clever work of fiction. Your aspiring socialist of a nephew will likely never forgive you.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
J-Mill, SB Nation - St. Louis Game Time
Neutral  

Children’s movies these days lack proper morals…that’s why they must be reviewed by the one person who truly understands what kids should be learning - screw Dr. Seuss, clearly I’m talking about Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Ignacio Zara, Yareah
Positive  

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Emma Lord, Bustle
Positive  

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Bidisha, The Guardian (London)
Negative  

…there is no doubt that for older library users silent flirting has always been a draw: eyes meet over a corkboard bearing out of date notices about karate classes and the risks of high blood pressure. Finally, you’ve found another bookworm – and you can judge them by what they’re reading (yes, Middlemarch; no, Ayn Rand).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014