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Wednesday 12 November 2014
Emily Shire, Daily Beast

I remind Deen that his namesake died in an infamously horrible car crash, so he may want to cool it on texting and driving. He is undeterred. “You shouldn’t see cops giving out speeding tickets. That’s stepping on civil liberties. I want to see cops stopping burglaries and rapes.”

Deen speaks as if Ayn Rand (or Rand Paul) was feeding him his lines; if only The Fountainhead had a porn parody. “Big government leads to corruption,” he says. “I think it’s more important to vote in state elections and even more important to vote in local ones.”

Despite his desire to throw the government off his back, Deen isn’t exactly gung ho about Rand Paul 2016. “I won’t vote for [Rand Paul] because I don’t vote for absurd people,” he tells me.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Roselynne Reyes, The Daily Titan (CA State U, Fullerton)

Don Watkins, a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, will take the pro-capitalism stance in a debate with Douglas Kellner, a philosophy professor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, who holds views critical of capitalism.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014
Tuesday 11 November 2014

Uber seems to have a business model that uses a bait-and-switch on both employees and customers: You’ll make a lot of money … until we slash rates. You’ll get a cheap ride … until the surge pricing kicks in. Besides, Uber’s founder is an Ayn Rand fan. Anyone who follows her philosophy is greedy and arrogant by definition, and anyone who thinks she was a decent writer has serious judgment issues.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014
Steven Davidoff Solomon, New York Times - DealBook

Part of the problem appears to be Mr. Lampert. With the supreme confidence that only a billionaire hedge fund manager can bring, he has run Sears into the ground. From his perch in Florida, Mr. Lampert has failed to find a strategy to turn Sears around. He has adopted an almost Ayn Rand-like view of the business, like having more than 30 divisions compete among themselves and breaking apart and putting together brands.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Gary G. Kohls, Scoop (New Zealand)

The Republican Party has been taken over by religious zealots and, like all religious zealots, they will never admit their errors under any circumstances or consider their dogma to be wrong in any way. The Republican (atheistic) Ayn Randian Tea Party religion, like ISIS, can only be destroyed by education and by replacing their zealotry with common sense. Like ISIS, it will take a generational change to do this.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Hannah Provence Donigan, Farmington Observer (Novi, MI)
  1. Resurgence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy as shown by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan that government should not serve people — people should improve their lives by their own efforts regardless of circumstances, otherwise socialism results…
Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 10 Nov 2014
Andrew Sullivan, The Dish
Negative  

“I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky,” – Flannery O’Connor.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014
Joe Wilner, Psych Central
Positive  

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” - Ayn Rand.

One of the most important aspects of living a fulfilling and meaningful life is recognizing our values, and living in alignment with them.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014
Fine Books

…an Ayn Rand autograph manuscript, unsigned, a draft of her article entitled “Why I Like Stamp Collecting,” published in a 1971 stamp journal, which includes an account of her own experiences as a collector, as well as some characteristic social commentary ($3,000 to $4,000).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014
Frank Howe, Naples Daily News (FL)

…many voters today buy in to the Ayn Rand approach and want this country to shed the ideals that used to define as the greatest nation on earth.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014
Maureen O'Connor, New York Magazine

…the more I looked at decontextualized Dagny Taggart quotes in girl-power contexts, the more it sort of made sense: Re-shelved in the self-help section of the book store, Ayn Rand becomes the libertarian Oprah. The slogans of rational self-interest are indistinguishable from affirmations designed for women with low self-esteem: “To say ‘I love you,’ one must first be able to say the ‘I,’” reads a Pinterest-popular Fountainhead quote reminiscent of the mantra “love yourself first.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014
Lily Bethlehem, Jewish Business News

Cuban owns a great big yacht called the “Fountainhead” which he named after the tribute to radical capitalism by Ayn Rand, “The Fountainhead.” One wonders what a wonderful romantic evening would be like on that yacht. Perhaps on an anniversary. Or on Valentine’s Day. And imagine getting a lovely, personal card from yacht owner Mark Cuban quoting Ayn Rand; “To say ‘I love you,’ You first must say ‘I.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014