If the NFL wants a vision of what an unfettered Ayn Rand-inspired league might look like, they need glance no further than across the pond to the English Premier League – an orgy of high capitalism beloved by Russian oligarchs, Gulf Arab Petro-sheiks, and a number of U.S. billionaires. In England, money is king. The idea that the weakest teams should be given a helping hand because the owner is only worth $ 200 million, as opposed to $20 billion, is laughable. At the end of each season, the weakest teams are not given handouts, but are instead expelled from the major leagues to a lower division through a relegation process the political philosopher Thomas Hobbes would have found nasty and brutish.
…the culture of Silicon Valley has been moving toward libertarian conservatism for years. If Travis Kalanick is going to be called out for his Randian beliefs, shouldn’t we also be calling out Peter Thiel and his disciples? I’m not a libertarian and my point is not to defend the belief system, but to show that accusing Uber of being ruthlessly market driven is unfair when so much of the rest of the Valley has bought into the same ideals.
The Signpost (Weber State U, Ogden, UT)
Family friend Sen. Curtis Bramble, R-Provo, said Lockhart was a champion of women’s rights. He quoted Ayn Rand to describe Lockhart’s attitude: “It’s not who’s going to let me, it’s who’s going to stop me.”
The College Fix
Panelists agreed that the free speech debate should begin with the notion that religious groups should not have real political power. “In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks no one is talking about the separation of church and state. No religion should have political power, no access to the state,” said Onkar Ghate, chief content officer for the Ayn Rand Institute, which promotes “reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism.” Going even further, Ghate said: “Using violence to gain political power has always been the case for monotheistic religions.”
WSHU (Fairfield, CT)
…not an exotic name among them except Rand Paul whose name manages to evoke both Ayn Rand and Paul of Tarsus at the same time.
…I’m sorry if I sound like Ayn Rand with the career stuff today, but Marnie, like, fuck. Pick one.
But then we saw this headline, from (where else?) Tucker Carlson’s Internet Tendency: Tom Brady And The Liberal War On Success Oh. Do tell, W. James Antle III, Managing Editor, Tucker Carlson’s Home for Brain-Damaged Teenage Boys Who Masturbate to Ayn Rand Pinups…
Daily Pennsylvanian (U of PA, Philadelphia)
The PAC was bankrolled by three local businessmen, whom The Philadelphia Inquirer described as “free market entrepreneurs in the mold of Ayn Rand.” One of the businessmen, Jeff Yass, is a board member at the libertarian think tank, the Cato Institute.
In whatever field you can name, but particularly in medicine, science and the arts –both classical and popular – Jews have excelled. Even a partial list includes the likes of Albert Einstein…Burns, Danny Kaye, Arthur Miller, Bernard Malamud, Ayn Rand, Philip Roth, Baruch Spinoza, Paddy Chayefsky, Joseph Heller, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Felix Frankfurter, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe…
Crain’s Detroit Business
Ignore Uncle Don’s rants about Hillary Clinton, President Obama, the Fed, fiat currency and Ayn Rand.