Friday 23 January 2015
The Dish

A reader grumbles: “The reader responses you posted to Ayn Rand’s letter miss the point. I don’t think anyone is arguing against responsibility, maturity, etc. The point is that Rand is the ultimate stick in the mud. She’s the little girl from Miracle on 34th Street who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, except she grows up and never got to the end of the movie. The point the commenters are missing is that her niece asked for twenty five dollars, not a fucking lecture about moral responsibility, the plight of man, or any of the other bullshit that Rand used to fill her intolerable books with.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Jan 2015
Lucia Peters, Bustle

We all load our Kindles and Nooks and whatever with the best of intentions: I’ll finally read Atlas Shrugged! I’ll finally get through Ulysses! I’ll finally crack open Bleak House!… but let’s face it: By the time you finally get to the airport, make your way through security, have a coffee, wait for a while at the gate…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jan 2015
Bill Schulz, Echo Press (Alexandria, MN)

I have gleaned several quotes from publications, both print and online, which seem to shed light on the many disputes and differences we see in our national life. Among these pearls are:
“In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that will win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that will profit.” – Ayn Rand

“The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian dictatorship state is just a matter of time.” – Ayn Rand

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jan 2015
Bob Hooper, Hays Daily News (KS)

For Randian “Christians,” greed is justified. Enforceable government regulation should never require social, environmental or moral responsibility and accountability – and never, ever get in the way of profit. It’s the survival of the fittest.

At least for Randian “Christians,” Jesus said so.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jan 2015
Mark Shea, Patheos

So in 1949, Ayn Rand’s unfortunate niece writes her to ask for a little loan to buy a dress. Rand, being Rand, replies by writing Atlas Shrugged in miniature, in a toothache-inducing screed about fiscal responsibility. She must have been so much fun at a party.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jan 2015
Jared Della Rocca, Bennington Banner (VT)

In reading “Being There,” I found myself traveling two different avenues regarding Chance, aka Chauncey Gardiner. … The other avenue, more tenuously reflected, was Peter Keating in “The Fountainhead.” Keating is Chance with ambition. Keating spends much of “The Fountainhead” trying to move to the top, but it’s his method that mirrors Chance.

In a critical passage of the book, Keating and Howard Roark are together, and Howard notes that Peter Keating is substantially nothing — he purposefully acts as a mirror, parroting back whatever he’s being told.

Chance is some combination of both a mirror and something more — a sculptor’s clay.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Jan 2015
Thursday 22 January 2015
Alex Vadukul, New York Times

It was also in Kips Bay that Ms. Grant was able to fully embrace her passion for the teachings of Ayn Rand, who lived in nearby Murray Hill, famously holding smoke-filled salons for her acolytes, a congregation she dubbed the Collective. A young Alan Greenspan, the future Federal Reserve chairman and a favorite of Rand’s, and Nathaniel Branden, one of her most prominent disciples, would attend. One essay about those times describes how a “typical New York Randian, upon his or her conversion, would leave his parents and find an apartment as close to Rand as possible.” The article added that “virtually the entire New York movement” lived within a few square blocks.

Vivian Greczka also changed her name to the more Randian-sounding Vivian Grant, as was customary. Beyond personal accounts of the salon, not much is known of Ms. Grant’s involvement with Rand’s circle; she was most likely Junior Collective and not a part of the circle closest to the author. In any event, it would not be long before her appointment with Dr. Friedman.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jan 2015
Paul Mason, openDemocracy

The movement he helped build in the months before the Iraq war had an impact way beyond its raw street power because people like Mike acted like the shaped charge that blows a hole in the side of a tank; the tank here being the establishment. It has never recovered from the moral defeat of the Iraq war and that is an historic achievement for all who engineered that. Against that, the failed struggle to stop Labour falling into the hands of Randian technocrats pales into insignificance.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jan 2015
Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Yes. The parent is worried that the book portrays women as pathetic sexual objects AND suggests Ayn Rand as a replacement. And to teach quality writing, she’d also be happy with a book by Ben Carson, who admitted to and apologized for multiple instances of plagiarism in that tome. But don’t you go thinking that the parent’s objections are political, no not at all. They just want the sensitive darlings of Highland Park to have access to high-quality writing. By rightwing hacks.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Jan 2015
Bruce Rogers, Forbes

“Capitalism demands the best of every man – his rationality – and rewards him accordingly. It leaves every man free to choose the work he likes, to specialize in it, to trade his product for the products of others, and to go as far on the road of achievement as his ability and ambition will carry him.”–Ayn Rand, For The New Intellectual.

What is a Lithuanian-born, Ayn Rand-quoting, Computer Science and software engineer doing to re-think the software design and development consulting business? Aurimas Adomavicius and his four partners (all Lithuanian-born) created Devbridge Group to not only bring their clients a higher level of craftsmanship in building software solutions, but to also provide an unusual business model that focuses on providing full transparency in its billing and customer service. … Like one of Ayn Rand’s characters, Adomavicius and his partners founded their own business based on the shared belief in fighting back against mediocrity.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Jan 2015
Kerry Walters, The Daily Item (Sunbury, PA)

…high regard for personal autonomy gave rise to the rugged individualism that’s deeply embedded and largely unchallenged in western democracies like France and the U.S. Popular culture is studded with homages to it: the self-reliant cowboy loner, the Gauloises-smoking and moody French artist, Ayn Randian captains of industry, the fiercely independent yeoman, the little guy who takes on City Hall.
But the modern secular era’s embrace of individualism comes with a hefty price: the erosion of community.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Jan 2015
Tim Forkes, Baltimore Post-Examiner

On the one hand, Governor Daniels was lamenting the lack of enrichment for the poor and middle class in this, the now longest recovery in U.S. history. But then his party was spouting Ayn Rand and calling poor people “takers,” as well as every veteran who draws a government check or benefit. It was later that years when we were treated to Romney’s “47 percent” vignette.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Jan 2015