Randex

Sunday 21 December 2014
Tom Dillon / Special to the Times-News, Times-News (Burlington, NC)

He had an early fascination with the writing of Ayn Rand, but eventually rejected Rand’s “greed is good” motto. His feeling now: “Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s how we practice capitalism that has created many of the challenges now facing humanity.” A good part of this book seems aimed at influencing other super-rich people into philanthropy like that of Turner’s.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Seth J. Frantzman, Jerusalem Post
Neutral  

Ok, so my family probably wasn’t normal: my mother was a history-buff and my father an eclectic intellectual with a wealth of knowledge. But between them I received a solid grounding in what might be considered an enlightened and progressive worldview. Later I felt as versed in the views of John Locke and Ayn Rand as I did in those of Karl Marx.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Saturday 20 December 2014
Andrew Anthony, The Guardian (London)

Kalanick, who thinks Ayn Rand’s libertarian novel The Fountainhead is “an awesome” book, may talk like a surfer but he thinks like a salesman. Legend has it that he discovered what he wanted to sell on a wintry night in Paris in 2008, when he and his Uber cofounder Garrett Camp couldn’t find a cab.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Carol Christian, Houston Chronicle
Atlas Shrugged   Image   Mixed  

Joseph Walker, 33, who said he lives in a Houston-area suburb, spent about two hours Saturday afternoon on the shopping center sidewalk, wearing an AK 47 Yugoslavian “underfold” assault rifle across his chest and holding a cardboard sign with the words, “Who is John Galt?”

The question, which appears multiple times in Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” is associated with opposition to taxation and with the Tea Party.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
William Bibbiani, Crave Online
Neutral  

…what the hell is Santa Claws? Is it the new epically bad Christmas movie this generation of ironic moviegoers have been searching for? Or is it just a movie in which kittens push Christmas presents around and espouse the philosophies of Ayn Rand? Then again, is there any difference?

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Ronnie Ellis, Glasgow Daily Times

Is it enough that for one fortnight a year, those who idolize Ayn Rand and her “virtue of selfishness,” which says concern for others is folly and useless, feel better about themselves by dropping a dollar bill into a Salvation Army bucket while cursing under their breath the traffic or the crowds at the department store? (It still befuddles me how some self-proclaimed Christian politicians worship the ideology of a woman who ridiculed Christianity and banned its followers from her circle.)

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Ari Armstrong, The Objective Standard

Among the many absurdities in Jonathan Coppage’s recent article for The American Conservative, “The End of Ownership and the Obsolescence of Ayn Rand,” is Coppage’s claim that Rand no longer matters because the producers of physical goods no longer matter. Rand “doesn’t matter,” writes Coppage, because she “is an artifact of the industrial age, when Hank Rearden could smelt his steel with manly independence and grant himself delusions of standing apart from and above the world as a ‘maker.’”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
Winthrop Quigley, Albuquerque Journal

“Maybe only those who see themselves as part of the civic community vote,” Rudd replied. “Everybody else might as well be a John Galt individualist.” He senses the nation has lost hope in its future. “There is almost total confusion on what this country stands for,” Rudd said.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
Stuart Heritage, The Guardian (London)

The story behind the Atlas Shrugged movies is one of such towering hubris and misfired ambition that it probably stands as history’s most perfect counterpoint to anything Ayn Rand ever wrote. A Kickstarter-funded sequel starring none of the previous instalment’s cast (none of whom appeared in the first instalment) and directed by a man with a single episode of Nash Bridges to his name.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
Friday 19 December 2014
Houston Chronicle

With the days dwindling down on his 14-year-long tenure in the Governor’s Mansion, Rick Perry, biblical exegete and possible future president, recently summoned a formidable ally to buttress his belief that government really has no responsibility to help the poor among us. He didn’t call on the late Milton Friedman or Charles Murray or the writer Ayn Rand or any number of conservative economic theorists available to him, including those who’ve been tutoring him lately as he prepares for a presidential campaign. Instead, the governor went to Jesus.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Jason Easley, PoliticsUSA

It appears that Harry Reid promoted Sanders to the budget committee for the purpose of taking on Paul Ryan and the other Ayn Rand followers who are dreaming of killing beloved and needed social programs.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Zachary Houle, PopMatters
Negative  

…the members of the Gallop seem like good guys. During “Heart Rate”, the following is sung: “I’m calling bullshit on survival of the fittest / It doesn’t make any sense when we could love one another.” Ayn Rand disciples might want to look away from this one.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014