Randex

Sunday 01 February 2015
Wes Vernon, RenewAmerica
HUAC   Positive  

Myth: Even If there were a few Hollywood Communists, they were not influential. Fact: Then why were John Wayne, Morrie Ryskind, Walt Disney, and Ayn Rand concerned that “it looked as if Communists were in control of the industry?” Communists were ensconced in key positions of motion picture unions and studios.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2015
Henry Hill, ConservativeHome (UK)

Perhaps strangely for a man who reads Ayn Rand to his wife there is relatively little evidence of individualist zeal: despite headline-making doubts about plain packaging Javid supports a broad range of anti-tobacco measures, including punitive levels of sin taxation. To quote the article: “Javid is keen on the EU directive on cigarette packaging”.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2015
Mark Skousen, Town Hall

Ziad told me he had heard about FreedomFest and can’t wait to join us at our gigantic conference set for July 8-11 at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas. He will do a special session with Yaron Brook (president, Ayn Rand Institute and an expert financial analyst) — a Lebanese and Israeli together talking about the markets. Only at FreedomFest!

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jan 2015
Shane Handler, Glide Magazine
Rush   Positive  

The band best describes the recording as a straight ahead rocker with a bit of 90′s influence; full of GenX future angst based on Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity concept. If Rush toyed with the artistic manifesto of philosopher Ayn Rand on their iconic 2112 album, than bringing futuristic ideas into the realm of hard rock has proved to never bore or soften.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jan 2015
CCTV America
Neutral  

…an artist whose career has included portraits of Ayn Rand and Tennessee Williams. But despite her success, Smithkin says it wasn’t really until ten years ago that she truly came into her own. That…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jan 2015
Billie McConnell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal (SC)

Visions of “Atlas Shrugged” are dancing in my head after reading of actions to stop the sale of Bon Haven, which is owned and taxes paid ($17,500 a year) by John B. Cleveland’s family.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jan 2015
Andrew Evans, Washington Free Beacon (DC)
Mixed  

Epstein’s book … suffers from its obvious, and acknowledged, debt to Ayn Rand. All our actions should be guided by what most helps humans, Epstein says, because human happiness should be our ultimate goal. “Happiness is the reward of life,” Epstein asserts, and energy helps us to pursue happiness for people. Epstein’s ethical foray, with which he tries to frame the book (and which supplies its title), is too thin to be as persuasive as he wants it to be, and it is ultimately unnecessary. He is trying to persuade the reader to support fossil fuels, not to go all-in for Objectivism.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2015
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, PoliticsUSA

Todorov turns instead to neoliberalism, which he refers to as “a new phase in the evolution of liberalism” in opposition to totalitarianism. Ayn Rand (who, like Todorov, grew up in a communist country) he labels a “neoliberal propagandist.”

He argues that neoliberals “distance themselves from the laissez-faire of classical liberalism and advocate a form of state intervention that can speed up history, namely the systematic elimination of any barrier to competition.” Ultraliberalism is, he argues, yet another phase in this progression. Ultraliberal ideology opposes any intervention or controls by the state.

This sounds like Ayn Rand. It does not sound like liberalism, which, after all, came up with the United States Constitution, establishing an entirely unique system of government on the earth, full of controls via an intricate system of checks and balances.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2015

Lesson #1 about Uber is, therefore, that in its view there is no heroism, only self-interest. This is Ayn Rand’s brutal, irrational and primitive philosophy in its purest form: altruism is evil, and self-interest is the only true heroism.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2015
P. J. O’Rourke, Daily Beast
Positive  

…Congress and the President might compromise on Free Community College. The GOP passes all the necessary funding bills. But the GOP gets to pick all the community college professors – who will be Ayn Rand disciples, Tea party organizers and Cleveland police officers.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2015
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Online
Negative  

No doubt Miss Weeks will find an enthusiastic reception among the heroic Randian poindexters.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2015
Saturday 31 January 2015
Baptiste Créteur, Contrepoints

La plus belle chose que puisse faire un individu est d’être heureux. Être pleinement heureux et accompli, en vivant à fond ses valeurs, sa nature. Il faut pour cela comprendre la réalité telle qu’elle est. L’objectivisme d’Ayn Rand est en ce sens une discipline mentale où l’on cherche à distinguer aussi fidèlement que possible la réalité pour donner le meilleur de soi-même.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Jan 2015