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Thursday 13 November 2014
Kevin Flynn, Seeking Alpha

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.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2014
Theodore P. Mahne, Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Neutral  

… 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.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2014
Les Leopold, AlterNet

…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.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2014
Thomas Lifson, American Thinker
Positive  

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.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2014
Jael Goldfine, 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.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

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.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2014
Wednesday 12 November 2014

Taylor has worked with similar ideas in the superhero genre before, specifically in the digital Injustice series that transforms most of the Justice League into global dictators. Here he shifts the focus from overt power to capitalism. Tony is a hero in the same way John Galt is one. He cares about nothing but himself and exerts his power on the city around him in order to enrich himself. There’s nothing truly altruistic left in his actions and the results are horrifying. In the first issue alone Taylor introduces themes involving addiction, exorbitant wealth, and endless greed.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2014

The T-Shirt might feature a misquote, but the message is clear: Girl power! Feminism! In that spirit, I’ve collected a few other Rand quotes as well as some Spice Girls quotes that Brandy Melville may want to put on T-Shirts come next season.

Can you tell who’s who?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Ivan Hernandez, Boing Boing

Somehow, the ideas of objectivist posterwoman and noted anti-feminist Ayn Rand have found new life in the world of girl power brand merchandising.

At a time when even devotees like Paul Ryan are distancing themselves from the schools of Randian objectivism and rational self-interest, Maureen O'Connor examines the rise of Rand’s place in the world of feel good woman-centric consumerism.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Brian Sedze, AllAfrica.com

We are experiencing the modern day version of “Atlas Shrugged” where the output of the producers is transferred to the non-producers. Karl Marx thought capital was a vampire, sucking the life blood of the…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Nicholas Hamm, Christian Post

Bioshock, based heavily on the novel Atlas Shrugged, made me think about the same things that The Communist Manifesto did. We can’t dismiss video games anymore. We need to start seeing them as art…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014
Siobhan Lyons, World Economic Forum
Neutral  

One online store sells portable and desktop typewriters modelled after the famous ones used by renowned writers from Faulkner to Pynchon: Kerouac’s Underwood portable, Hemingway’s Corona No. 3 and his Royal Quiet Deluxe Portable, Ayn Rand’s Remington Portable No. 3…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 Nov 2014