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Wednesday 28 January 2015
Mariah Blake, Mother Jones

When I got up to leave, Kevin handed me a business card for “John Galt Industries” (a reference to the anti-government hero of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged). As I tucked it in my pocket and headed for the door, he trailed me so closely that I could feel his breath on my neck. “I’m not stalking you,” he said. “I’m not stalking you.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jan 2015
Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times

Atlas Shrugged” was filmed in and around the area’s cedar grove, where the crew staged a plane crash scene; and in the Bronson Caves, depicted in the “Batman” TV series and the 1956 movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

“It’s got forests, caves, back roads, the carousel — it’s got everything,” said Kris Bunting, location manager for “Atlas Shrugged.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jan 2015
Tuesday 27 January 2015
Chaz Lipp, The Morton Report

…the epic big-screen adaptation of the popular Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged is now complete. Released on Blu-ray and DVD by 20th Century Fox earlier in January, Atlast Shrugged Part III: Who is John…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jan 2015
Mark Ames, AlterNet

One reason most countries don’t find the time to embrace Ayn Rand’s thinking is that she is a textbook sociopath. In her notebooks Ayn Rand worshiped a notorious serial murderer-dismemberer, and used this killer as an early model for the type of “ideal man” she promoted in her more famous books. These ideas were later picked up on and put into play by major right-wing figures of the past half decade, including the key architects of America’s most recent economic catastrophe…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jan 2015
Grant Gallicho, Commonweal - dotCommonweal

Instead of detailing specific failures of policy Catholic social teaching might address, Busch blows his Randian dog whistle. Devotees of Ayn Rand’s “objectivism”–such as the Koch brothers–will tell you that the great conflict of our age is individualism (good) versus collectivism (bad). Busch himself offers a definition of collectivisim in his op-ed: it “subordinates the individual to the state.” This is what Randian libertarians believe is the inevitable result of government intervention, whether in the form of financial assistance or regulation. But the Catholic Church is not against government intervention. The church does not view governmental action as by definition oppressive of individual freedom–in part because individual freedom is not the guiding principle of Catholic anthropology. The teaching is clear: where individual charity (something Ayn Rand found distasteful) fails, government assistance is necessary. It can’t replace the need for acts of personal generosity, but those alone do not suffice.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jan 2015
Joseph DiTomaso, Huffington Post

It takes discipline, dedication and a strong belief in your idea and yourself. Believe that you are doing something amazing.

I remember the first time I read “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” shortly thereafter. I was captivated by the larger-than-life characters: Dagny Taggart, Hank Rearden and Howard Roark. They chose to struggle in obscurity rather than compromise their artistic and personal visions.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jan 2015
Christopher Michaelson, Huffington Post

Like the “Big Four” of men’s tennis has won 36 of the past 39 Grand Slam tournament titles, the global economy has but a few growth sources – countries and individuals – without which its motor would stop, to evoke conservatives’ beloved Atlas Shrugged metaphor. Spectators pay to see the glamorous Sharapova and muscular Nadal, not the plain Panova and slight (though gentlemanly) Smyczek.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jan 2015
Andrew Quinn, The Federalist

If they’re a libertarian, you’re basically screwed. Their ideal playlist could range anywhere from Chris Tomlin (home-schooling mom) to Rage Against The Machine (high-schooler who skimmed “The Fountainhead”).

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jan 2015

During high school, Paul studied the Austrian economists and works of Ayn Rand that his libertarian father adored.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jan 2015
Monday 26 January 2015
Naomi Zeveloff, Jewish Daily Forward (New York)

Shaked’s defining political inspiration as a youth came from reading Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” which gave her an appreciation for “capitalism, strong figures and entrepreneurs,” she said.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jan 2015

Ayn Rand’s evangelical faith in the power of work to bring meaning and joy to life is so impassioned, so well-articulated, and so charismatic that a brief read may just be enough to bring new energy and passion to your work life. Dive right in to the story of Howard Roark, a young man with vision and convictions fighting for a world purer and freer through dedication to his one true calling — architecture, I get chills just talking about it, (and I might even be typing faster…). Why not see what The Fountainhead can do for you?

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jan 2015
Travis Gettys, Raw Story
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“If I were Ron, and my son were running for president, and we were in the same situation, I would shut up,” said Walter Block, a libertarian economics professor at Loyola University and Ayn Rand acolyte.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jan 2015