Randex

Monday 05 January 2015
Douglas Perry, The Oregonian (Portland)
Negative  

The show is about twenty-somethings who feel unfulfilled and frustrated because they expected the world to fall at their feet and it hasn’t. As her critics have pointed out, this is not a theme Dunham has personally experienced. But she understands its power. It happens to be the human condition in 21st century America, where everyone believes they deserve fame and riches, and where no one grows up anymore.

In other words, Dunham is not a left-wing Ayn Rand. Her creative objectives are grounded in the everyday, in life as we actually live it, not as we experience it through Fox News or MSNBC.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

On the worst picture list, only “Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” was more of a box office dud, with a return of less than $850,000.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Amesh A. Adalja, The Providence Journal (RI)

If Ron Ruggiero’s smear of philosopher Ayn Rand (“R.I. organization embraces Ayn Rand, Jan. 3) was meant only to be an example of how not to argue and how to exclusively engage in fallacious ad hominem attacks, it is a glowing success.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Richard A. Lambe, The Providence Journal (RI)

While I wholeheartedly agree with Ron Ruggieri in his condemnation of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity and that organization’s allegiance to the sociopathology of Ms. Rand (“R.I. organization embraces Ayn Rand, Jan. 3), I feel that he has weakened his position by echoing the reactionary mantra of the 1950s: “godless.” This is probably the only position which the “Randies” got right…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Josh Zyber, High-Def Digest

Atlas Shrugged, Part III: Who Is John Galt?‘ – I find it hilarious that this epic yet amateurish three-part adaptation of Ayn Rand’s infamous ode to the glories of selfishness and greed has lost its creators and investors huge chunks of their personal wealth that they may never recover. Because no actors are willing to subject themselves to being in more than one of these things, the third part of the narrative recasts every role again, after that had already happened once with ‘Part II’.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

He’s been feted by financiers and invited to exclusive anarcho-capitalist Aspen retreats, floating in and out of his high-rolling friends’ lives like their very own Neal Cassady. What, I wondered, attracted them to Keeley and his lifestyle? Were his adventures simply Outward Bound for the Burning Man set? Perhaps Keeley, himself a devotee of Ayn Rand, offered a portal for something deeper. Perhaps he was a sort of objectivist folk hero who reminded them going Galt was possible, even if they never would. Or maybe they just really liked trains.

I decided to sign up.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Sunday 04 January 2015

…the American free market system, which keeps delivering inventive solutions to problems that no central planner ever could. The American system, by the way, is not some Ayn Rand fantasy: there is a role for government, not just in providing the rule of law and a common framework for doing business, but also in subsidizing basic research. But that role is very different from the role that progressives would wish the government to play, stymying private enterprise through over-regulation and central planning.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Dec 2014
Karen Moy, Mary Worth
Neutral  

Ayn Rand said that nothing points to the truth better than fiction.  What she means is that non-fiction is not as realistic as many might think.  The news is filtered and edited…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014
Will Ashton, TheCelebrityCafe.com

…as well as The Legend of Hercules, Transcendence, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?, A Haunted House 2 — called A Haunted House #2 — and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — billed as Teen-Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Jan 2015
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
Negative  

“Its protagonist lives in a world of almost continual night, with the hungry eyes and dead affect of an Ayn Rand wet dream: his world is constituted of chrome, glass, a palette of white-to-taupe, a spatter-pattern rug and one book, a single book, on graphic design” - Piercepenniless on the Redrow London property development promo video.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Jan 2015
Joan Altabe, The Examiner

Charles insistence on old styles also conjures up Ayn Rand’s description of Frinic National Bank Building in her novel about architecture, “The Fountainhead.” Rand’s description spoke of so many columns and pediments, friezes, urns and volutes, that the bank looks as if it had been made not out of stone, but squeezed out of a pastry tube.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Jan 2015
Thomas Frank, Salon

And then there is Roark Capital—yes, named after Ayn Rand’s individualist architect— which owns Arby’s, Cinnabon, Carvel, and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Even the franchisees, the moms and pops who run your…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Jan 2015