Randex

Wednesday 17 December 2014
Inman News

[Q:] What’s your favorite classic piece of literature and why?

[A:] “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand; it’s a classic piece that illustrates the beauty and dangers of pure capitalism. As an entrepreneur, there are a lot of analogies that can be made between being a “creator” and fighting/disregarding “regulators.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Bob Barr, Townhall.com

In 1964, Ayn Rand wrote that American society was quickly heading toward what she called “the stage of ultimate inversion,” in which “the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” Rand, who came to America to escape the tyranny of the Soviet Union, saw in mid-20th Century America a country following a similar course as the one she escaped; in which government ruled by “brute force” and increased its power as it eroded individual rights.

Now, more than three decades after her death, and with the age of the Internet in full swing, Rand’s fears of government “inversion” have become truer than ever.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future

One might expect that Ayn Rand devotee Eddie Lampert, the CEO presiding over the disintegration of the once-great Sears and Kmart retail stores, would be a zealot when it comes to wriggling out of paying taxes to the governments that serve and protect his properties.

But let’s not kid ourselves. What he extracts out of state governments to subsidize his failing empire isn’t “economic development.” It’s more like a rich bully running an extortion racket…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Davd Ehrlich, Time Out New York

…Will Gluck’s thoroughly modern Annie is a candied corporate fantasia that could only take place in Taylor Swift’s New York. Although the film might have been a fun holiday diversion, its admirably revisionist spirit is undermined by the same proto-Randian contempt for the poor that first defined the story of America’s most optimistic orphan when she was introduced in a 1924 comic strip.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Shan Wang, Boston Globe

So you want to know why Mitt Romney and a host of other politicians-cum-businessmen are so into Ms. Rand? So you’re a little curious about the uncomfortable sex scenes? Read the e-book!

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Tom Ziller, SB Nation
Negative  

Leitch argues that time will solve all imbalances, and separately calls Mark Cuban’s (incredibly self-serving) plan to move the Texas teams to the East “Ayn Randian.” I’d actually argue nothing could be more Ayn Randian than letting the invisible hand of time correct the imbalance! We know how that philosophy works, right?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Paul Levy, The Conversation

A business can be more or less “conscious”. Consciousness can be viewed along a number of different dimensions. Take Fred Kofman’s, quotes from the Ayn-Rand-acolyte Nathaniel Branden, who died earlier this month and whose broad view of consciousness went beyond this simplistic “good and kind” definition used by so many…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Jason Tillberg, Ithaca Voice

Ayn Rand, in her book, Atlas Shrugged, wrote: ..”when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from those who produce nothing – … you know your society is doomed.”

The Government limiting the truck driver to 70 hours of work over 8 days reminds of that very quote from Atlas Shrugged.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Ed Kilgore, AlterNet

Today’s most distracting read is undoubtedly the University of Chicago’s John Paul Rollert writing at the Atlantic about a conference on Objectivism (put on by the Stalinists of Objectivism, the Ayn Rand Institute) he attended last summer in Las Vegas.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Monday 15 December 2014
Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly - Inside TV
Neutral  

…the whole thing plays like a meditation on social constructivism, or a critique of Objectivism, or something. Ascension has a lot on its mind, though I still don’t know if it has a point.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Partha Banerjee, DNA (India)

There is also a purposeful media promotion of a rabidly individualistic lifestyle that actively discourages collectivism and encourages a self-assumed militant vigilante through gun ownership and other validations of violence. Chomsky said, “People are always kept on their edge with the fear that the country is under attack by intruders.” I have myself seen pro-NRA posters in ABC’s New York offices: I was stunned. The Ayn Rand libertarian way of life has found some of its biggest supporters not just in Milton Friedman-Greenspan-Goldman Sachs economists, but among the corporate owners of media.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
  1. Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” The third in a series of films based on the Ayn Rand novel (and you thought splitting the last “Hunger Games” book into two movies was a bad idea). The casts and directors keep changing, but decent quality has never been there. The first one was bad, the second one modestly better. This time, they just stopped trying. Director James Manera tries to beat the audience into submission but fails at that, too. Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity appear as themselves, because of course they do.
Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014