The standard analytic template for quantitative easing usually comes in one of two versions: anti-government, and anti-corporate. Both of them start with pre-conceived conclusions that are usually rooted in some critical moment in the analyst’s youth - e.g., reading Ayn Rand, or reading Abbie Hoffman.
Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
… there is an inherent subversive nature to its humor that unleashes the play’s contemporary appeal, with such unexpected dropped-in references to Ayn Rand, Sally Field and the operas of Philip Glass, for example. It is a rare blend that succeeds as a children’s show for adults.
…about six months Occupy Wall Street touched this nerve and put inequality on the agenda. “We are the 99 percent” became our national anthem. For the first time in a generation the country was talking about the gap between super-rich financiers and the rest of us. Roughly at the same time, the Tea Party emerged with a different message. They also sensed that something was profoundly wrong. For them the problem is government. They’re not concerned with inequality. If they see it at all, they follow Ayn Rand and blame it on those at the bottom for not working hard enough. They, and their political allies, revel in talk about “takers and makers” to explain away the growing and glaring economic disparities.
Fawstin spoke of Islam’s hatred toward women and how commonplace physical abuse was in his immediate and extended family. He spoke of arranged marriages, of tears shed when babies were born who were girls, and of girls being told to expect physical violence after they are married.
He spoke of vile Jew-hatred that is endemic in Islamic culture.
He spoke of how his journey away from Islam was a process, noting several pivotal experiences such as observing how non-Muslim friends lived in households that did not embrace violence. He was also deeply affected by Ayn Rand.
Cornell Daily Sun (Ithaca, NY)
…when I considered what to write about this week I thought maybe I’d deviate from routine (lifestyle?) of thinking/writing about culture that I consume through a screen or headphones, and write about a piece of literature, it became disturbingly apparent that the last thing I read of my own volition was (rather questionably) The Fountainhead at the end of this past summer.
Pope Francis’s target is clear: economic inequality is the world’s No. 1 problem. Capitalism is at the center of all problems of inequality. And he speaks with a powerful moral authority — something totally missing from American political leaders who are ideologically guided by atheist Ayn Rand, patron saint of the GOP’s capitalism agenda in this moral war. Without moral grounding, the GOP is no match for Francis’ vision, his principled mandate, his long-game strategy to raise the world’s billions out of poverty, to eliminate inequality, to attack the myopic capitalism driving today’s economy, markets and political system.