Randex

Friday 28 November 2014
Jamal Saad, Palestine Chronicle
Positive  

Whenever you think that you are facing contradictions, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. So Ayn Rand said.
Recently, segments of the Palestinian people—mainly across the West Bank—held public rallies celebrating, or commemorating, “Independence Day”. For me and many other Palestinians the contradiction was too enormous to bear and too obvious to ignore.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Shyamal Majumdar, Business Standard (India)

…In recent times, he has directed a play based on Ayn Rand’s Night of January The 16th, a courtroom drama in which the audience is part of the cast and plays the role of the jury. “As a theatre artist…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Ejaz Hamid, Kashmir Reader

Ayn Rand’s debut novel, We the Living, set in post-revolution Russia, is the story of a spirited bourgeois woman, Kira Argounova, caught between two men representing opposing ideologies…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Siobhan Lyons, Moyers & Company
Neutral  

One online store sells portable and desktop typewriters modeled 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 …

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Nickky Faustine De Guzman, Manila Bulletin

With the goal of a national shared reading activity inspired by the late senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and his love affair with the written word, Quezon City third district representative Jorge Banal authored the Araw ng Pag(b)asa act, which aims to celebrate the National Reading Month every November and the National Reading Day every Nov. 27. … Banal is a voracious reader and likes Malcolm Gladwell books, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, and Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, among others.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Paul Wallis, Digital Journal
Negative  

The budget spending blowout which caused the stringent 2014 budget was heavily criticized by ABC’s in house and guest experts. The Liberals seem to have forgotten that. ABC’s financial experts questioned whether there was an actual crisis and whether a budget surplus justified Labor’s bizarre fiscal Kama Sutra. Perhaps that was too technical for the vacuous conservative think tanks. The subhuman culture of Ayn Rand mutual grovelling isn’t usually too strong on actual fact analysis.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Vlad Savov, The Verge
Mixed   Capitalism  

What the European Parliament is proposing sounds like Ayn Rand’s worst nightmare. Let’s take Google, one of the best and most cohesive set of web services we have, and fragment it into smaller businesses. Let’s introduce friction and bureaucracy between the various parts so that lesser companies with worse products can have a chance to compete. It feels like a classic case of over-regulation — penalizing a successful company for the crime of being better than everyone else — however its fundamental premise is not wrong: Google is too powerful. … The Randian nightmare scenario of Google having to break up is unlikely to ever come to pass, but the company does need to change.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Līvija Dūmiņa, Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze

Aina Renda (Ayn Rand, 1905–1982) ir Krievijā dzimusi ebreju izcelsmes amerikāņu rakstniece, domātāja, objektīvisma filozofijas iedibinātāja. Otrs viņas pazīstamākais romāns ir Atlants paraustīja plecus (Atlas Shrugged, 1957). Romānu The Fountainhead dēvē par Eiropas arhitektu Bībeli un individuālisma himnu. Tas ir filozofisks darbs, kurā autore izvērš individuālisma un kolektīvisma konfliktu, un nav runa tikai par iekšējās brīvības jautājumiem, bet arī par politiku.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Roger Moore, Quad-Cities Online (Moline, IL)

“The Maze Runner” (PG-13, 112 min.) The resolution to this puzzle is so botched it’s insulting, as if they’re daring us to laugh at the notion that this is merely “the beginning.” You have to go all the way back to “Atlas Shrugged III” to find a sci-fi film promise that cringe-worthy. Rating: One and a half stars.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Thursday 27 November 2014
Benjamin A. Gochberg, Vail Daily (CO)

There’s a belief that through the individual incentives within a capitalist system, that the macro economy could grow indefinitely through specialization. Ayn Rand and Adam Smith both claimed that when people work through their own rational self-interest, the economy grows as a whole through competitive means. Is it true? Yes — sort of. There are two reasons why capitalism could potentially fail in the long-term, and yes, I’m trying to get back to those big-picture problems aforementioned.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014
Ryan Ratkiewicz, Post Independent (Glenwood Springs, CO)

…it is safe to say that the “freedom” Mr. Talbott really cares about is economic in nature, so long as he directly benefits. The Randian freshwater economic policies that I suspect he ascribes to are directly responsible for creating massive income inequality in this country, often forcing two parents to work in order to make ends meet, or even giving one parent the “freedom” to work multiple jobs. These laissez-faire policies also give “freedoms” to insurance companies and hospitals to charge you outrageous sums of money, because “How much are you willing to pay to live?” is what makes maximum profit possible.

The world has changed, Mr. Talbott.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014
Milad Doroudian, Jewish Journal

Yaron Brooks, the Israeli-American president of the Ayn Rand Institute has become one of the main propagators of the ideals of Objectivism, and the ideas of the ‘individual’ within the Israeli state. Yet, I fear that although Atlas Shrugged sales are soaring, not enough people are hearing the message it has been propagating for the last 50 years: the importance of individualism, especially today when collectivism, and “groupthink” is becoming increasingly prevalent.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014