Tuesday 23 September 2014
Priscilla, NewsHounds

…the frequent presence, on Fox Business and Neil Cavuto’s show, of the Ayn Rand defending, anti-union, anti-safety net Fr. Robert Sirico, shows that Fox is also very close to extreme free market advocates who are very close to the Koch brothers…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Sep 2014
Yves Smith, Truthout

Now mind you, these producers aren’t the Ayn Randian rugged individualists that they often envision themselves to be. Their success depends on institutional infrastructure: concentrated capital and information flows, access to cheap leverage, risk control systems, a back office, etc. Quite a few successful Goldman traders have flopped when trying to launch their own hedge fund.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 20 Sep 2014
Elizabeth Winkler, The New Republic

Thiel wants to restore your faith—in the future, in yourself, in the promise of technology. This faith is the only viable path forward. It requires that Americans envision, design, and create their future instead of waiting passively for it to come to them. And of course, intelligent entrepreneurship is the best expression of this ethos. Thiel is often associated with extremist, Ayn Rand-style libertarianism—for instance, he’s building a government-free island—but he is also writing in the tradition of American idealism…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Sep 2014
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Paul Ryan  

Paul Ryan has emerged from his long post-election period of repositioning, soul-searching, and secretly but not secretly visiting the poor. He had been caricatured as an Ayn Rand miser and attacked as a social Darwinist, merely for proposing the largest upward transfer of wealth in American history. Ryan has identified the root cause of his difficulties, and it is fiscal arithmetic.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Sep 2014
Mark Salter, RealClearPolitics
Rand Paul  

All of this raises obvious questions about the sincerity of Paul’s recent efforts to moderate the paranoid radicalism that so delights 9/11 deniers and Ayn Rand fanboys who are the foot soldiers of the would-be Ron and Rand Paul revolution, but will cause most voters quite sensibly to reject him.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Sep 2014
Gay NZ - Red Queen

I’m about as interested in what the Christian Right’s ne0-Thomist intellectual few have to say as I am in the equally irrelevant nostra of Ayn Rand or Karl Marx. That is to say, not at all. Sectariana hath its own consolations.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Sep 2014
Monday 22 September 2014
Tom Bennett, TES Connect

…philosophy has no more a monopoly in the creation of moral beings than religion, particularly in its misinterpretation, as reading Ayn Rand, Nietzsche or, indeed, Plato will remind you.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Sep 2014
Sean Orr, Scout Magazine (Vancouver)

…tweet of the century: Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan walk into a bar. The bartender serves them tainted alcohol because there are no regulations. They die. — Miss O’Kistic

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Sep 2014
Roy Scranton, Rolling Stone

[Q:] But human beings are both cooperative and competitive. Assuming that we can’t just get rid of human competitiveness, or evolve out of it, somehow, how do we make that turn toward cooperation? [A:] There is some pretty powerful self-interest in wanting a future that is not just running storm-to-storm. The argument that I make is not that we aren’t competitive, and selfish, and greedy. We are. We’re all of these things. We’re complicated, competitive, greedy and nasty, and kind and generous and compassionate. But we live in a culture that has held up a distorted mirror, that has said, “We are only this one thing.” And we’ve built an economic model that tells us that maximizing our self-interest is going to lead to the maximum benefit for the most number of people. That’s the trick of free market economic theory, it doesn’t just ask you to only be selfish and not care about others. It tells you that by being selfish, you are helping others. And, in fact, by trying to directly help others, you will hurt them. This is what people reared on Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman have been told.

That hasn’t worked out very well. And even if it were true in the economic theory, it most certainly is not true in the ecological sphere…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Sep 2014
Alexandra Petri, Washington Post

The question is not who is going to let me, it is who is going to stop me, says train, echoing Ayn Rand. Pure Randian indoctrination about using the force of your will to move trains. (“The Little Engine That Could”)

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Sep 2014

“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 Sep 2014

This was no crackpot scheme to establish a micronation on a platform floating in the middle of the ocean (a common libertarian dream)—this was a serious attempt to build a refuge where free marketers and anarcho-capitalists could hole up and wait for the world’s fiat currencies to collapse. They called it “Galt’s Gulch Chile” (GGC), naming it for the fictional place where the world’s competent capitalists flee to in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Sep 2014