Randex

Wednesday 26 November 2014

…every family was assigned its own parcel of land to farm, “this had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.”

This all sounds very Randian, but the story is not quite the free-market folktale that its boosters would have you believe.

Communal farming arrangements were common in the pilgrims’ day.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn

…though Peter is one of Silicon Valley’s most well-known libertarians, he encourages founders and would-be founders not to fall into delusions of Randian self-sufficiency. “There is no Galt’s Gulch,” he advises, evoking the hero of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. “There is no secession from society….The single greatest danger for a founder is to become so certain of his own myth that he loses his mind.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Fabius Maximus

…Rand Paul, advocates more tax cuts for the rich, more benefit cuts for the bottom 80% (including stripping away the access to affordable health care gained from ObamaCare). Police and the security services are silent partners in the program. Think of them as partners in the program. It’s a hidden codicil to Atlas Shrugged.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
John Stoehr, Newsweek
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Obama’s first term was hobbled by an effective strategy of massive resistance devised by McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and a handful of Ayn Rand-John Birch Society billionaires who financed and built what later became the Tea Party.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Daniel Duarte, PanAm Post

…Alberto Benegas Lynch.

If in the Anglo-Saxon libertarian world it is cliche to say “it all started with Ayn Rand,” the same is true for a large portion of young Latin Americans whose paths toward liberty were inspired by the work of this Argentinean economist.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Rmuse, PoliticsUSA

If Americans recall, it was the CBO that projected Ayn Rand devotee Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget would explode the nation’s deficit, crush economic growth, kill jobs, and starve the federal government of revenue. The Ayn Rand-Koch brother disciple has been thwarted often by the “unbiased” non-partisan CBO for nearly four years and he is taking steps to neuter them once and for all.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Ben Popper, The Verge

Cuban, like so many successful businessmen, is a devotee of Ayn Rand and her writings on Objectivism. He has often argued for the purest form of laissez-faire capitalism, in which the best ideas and execution win out, free from onerous government rules and regulations. Net neutrality, he assures us, would enrage Rand and will ruin the internet, just like government intervention wrecked the railroads.

But here’s the thing: our internet service providers don’t exist in a true free market. … Net neutrality has always been about preventing rich incumbents from stomping out new ideas. It’s actually about fostering just the kind of world Cuban and Rand claim to love.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Lily Bethlehem, Jewish Business News

When Mark Cuban hates, he hates hard. I don’t mean to quote Walt Whitman in the context of Mark Cuban (forgive me Walt) but he would sound his barbaric yawp over the rooftops of anyone he considers pathetic. Which is about anyone.

After bragging about how great it is to be a billionaire to his luxurious yacht named Fountainhead after the novel by that priestess of compassion, Ayn Rand (‘To say I love you, you must first say I)

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Janet Allon, AlterNet

“…in Congress still insist that we’re living in an  Ayn Rand novel; German officials still insist that the problem is that debtors haven’t suffered enough.” Not a lot of reason for optimism…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Monday 24 November 2014
New York Magazine
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Ayn Rand, misquoted as a feminist, now featured on belly t-shirts for teenage girls.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Nov 2014
Paul Krugman, New York Times

…one of the most striking aspects of economic debate in recent years has been the extent to which those whose economic doctrines have failed the reality test refuse to admit error, let alone learn from it. The intellectual leaders of the new majority in Congress still insist that we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel; German officials still insist that the problem is that debtors haven’t suffered enough.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Mike Rivage-Seul, OpEdNews

We’re getting involved with a powerful group of local activists, “Kentuckians for the Commonwealth” (KFTC). We attend the group’s meetings each month and have volunteered for KFTC activities like voter registration and mobilization. Additionally, students have been researching burning issues including the war in Ukraine, the conflict in Palestine, voter suppression, police militarization, and the philosophy of Ayn Rand. All of that has discussing the purpose of government.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014