Randex

Thursday 18 December 2014
Mitya Underwood, The National (Abu Dhabi)

[Q:] What is your favourite book?

[A:] The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I love all Ayn Rand books but this is my favourite. It’s very intense, it helped me explore myself when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Dec 2014
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
Neutral  

…Mr. Hodgman, 43 years old, contains multitudes, from the self-made Deranged Millionaire he plays on “The Daily Show” to recent concert appearances as Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Dec 2014
Joseph Kellard, The Objective Standard

The artful Bergdorf Goodman windows celebrate commerce, wealth, and high-end goods. They also illustrate the benevolence of capitalism; as Irish Bell (formerly a graphic designer for Ayn Rand) who gives annual tours of decorative Manhattan department stores on Exuberant Friday, said of Bergdorf Goodman’s windows: “I love these windows as a symbol of the wealthy country we live in. They are always lovely. I love the fact that people are treated to this beauty by just walking down the street. People don’t have to ever go into this store or spend a penny there, yet can enjoy all this luxury.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette

You knew that Cuba has the most doctors per capita on earth, and that they are constantly do-gooding all over the world — all despite the fact that there’s no money incentive for them. Every time some Ayn Rand blowhard says nobody will work unless we abolish the capital gains tax, I think of Cuban doctors, doing it for the challenge or the status or the urge to heal—whatever reason, but definitely not the paycheck.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Dec 2014
Robyn Pennacchia, Death and Taxes
Negative  

Thanks to Maggie Serota, who will be taking over for me here full-time (YAY!), for being a bad-ass lady, fellow hater of Ayn Rand and for balancing out the gender ratio in the chatcave.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Schuyler Kraus, Lawrence Journal-World (KS)
Positive  

“The creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” — Ayn Rand

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast
Mixed   Capitalism  

Gawker sneered that Uber is “Ayn Rand’s favorite car service.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014

She studied John Locke, the 17th-century English philosopher who espoused the sanctity of individual liberty with government in a limited role. She read Ayn Rand, the Russian emigre author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead,” who argued that rational self-interest and a laissez-faire economy should light the way.

Property rights, Smith said, are sacrosanct because they are liberty’s floorboards. ”If you can’t own property, own your business, own your printing press, own your mosque or place of worship, can you really have any other freedoms?”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times

Uber’s automatic “surge pricing” model gouged the panic-stricken to the tune of more than $100 ride, a quadrupling of the regular rate. Uber later apologized and offered refunds but its immediate reaction was that the gouging was intentional. There was a sudden need for vehicles and drivers to move people to safety, and by offering drivers an obscene amount of money for a few minutes of driving, Uber cars would flood the zone.

Ayn Rand would be so proud.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Robert De Filippis, OpEdNews

That’s the illusion that Fox News sustains and reinforces: Beautiful blond ladies, white alpha male executives, racist, warmongering, support for unfettered Randian capitalism, in Yoda’s words “the force is strong with this one.”
That’s the strong but subtle force that comes with a neurotic need to deny reality.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Lance Harris, TechCentral
Negative  

[In Snowpiercer] Chris Evans, best known for apple pie roles such as Captain America, leads a revolt with the aim of reaching the front of the train and dislodging the Randian man who built and rules it.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit)

2014 releases deserving of scorn and derision: Horrible Bosses 2, Dumb and Dumber To, Blended, Dracula Untold, I, Frankenstein, Drive Hard, Tusk, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Atlas Shrugged Part III…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014