Randex

Monday 24 November 2014

…with Democrats. This was despite his extremist Ayn Rand philosophy and his penchant for fudging numbers and misleading statistics. Over time it became clear that he was a flim-flam artist and his…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Alice Hines, New York Magazine
Capitalism   Mixed  

…while most people today are warier of Wall Street, the premise of women’s empowerment via capitalism remains largely unquestioned. As the Cut recently observed, Ayn Rand, ardent anti-feminist during her lifetime, has become a mass-market girl-power icon, her quotes appearing on Brandy Melville crop tops and Lululemon tote bags.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Tom Foremski, ZDNet
Negative  

Corporate Social Responsibility was important because it was important to the software engineering community. It was essential in recruiting the best engineers. A company bus and a company lunch didn’t cut it with that generation of coders. Today’s Silicon Valley culture is dominated by a peculiar amorality, a narcissism that claims Ayn Rand for its aspirations, even though few have read her books or even their dust jackets. It’s as if everyone has forgotten, “What the right thing to do is.” And Google has worked hard to play down its “Don’t be evil” rule.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Nov 2014
BC Pires, The Guardian (Port-of-Spain)
Atheism   Mixed  

My name is Princess Simone Donelan and the film I co-produced, Dubois, won the last Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival Best Local Short Film Jury Prize. … Pedro Almodovar is my favourite filmmaker. Ayn Rand was a favourite author until I learnt she thinks God doesn’t exist.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Simon Munk, The Arts Desk (London)
BioShock   Negative  

…Bioshock crafted a ruined art deco Steampunk underwater city, populated by Ayn Rand fanatics allowed to take their ideology to its logical end.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014

You don’t need to be an objectivist to objectively see the value that Kogan’s new Windows 8.1 with Bing-powered laptop is delivering to the Australian marketplace.

It’s Kogan’s latest mobile fountainhead since he sold netbooks a few years back, but instead of something small, Kogan has delivered to we the living something big, with the only small thing being the price.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Neutral  

…the lineman injury chart is starting to look like an Ayn Rand novel at this point.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Damien Gayle, Daily Mail (London)

Beginning with the presidency of Ronald Reagan, spurred by the new ideology of neoliberalism, the U.S. saw radical cuts to the top rate of income tax until it fell to less than 30 per cent. The architects of these policies were spurred by ideologues like the radical capitalist Ayn Rand, an originator of the ‘wealth creator’ myth, who believed rational self-interest would create the most-perfect economic conditions.
Taking money out of the hands of the rich was not only unjust, she and her acolytes believed, but also economically illiterate, since those who were best at making money would know the best way to spend it.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Glen Martin, California Magazine

…Simon-Thomas and Greater Good Science Center founder Dachner Keltner felt compelled to conduct a free massive open online course (MOOC) through Berkeley on the Science of Happiness. And judging by the response, there’re a lot of people out there want to change their brain chemistry in a noninvasive fashion.

“We had 115,000 people sign up for it,” Simon-Thomas says, “so we obviously hit a vein. I’m not a remarkable person. This course isn’t about me, or Dachner. But our research exposes the flaws in the (Ayn) Randian view that we are best served by only serving ourselves. That philosophy isn’t really sustainable, either for our species or the planet.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Mick Ireland, Aspen Daily News (CO)

Candidates who preached the way of the market as the only way have been losing elections here for 40 years. Every time there is an election, the Ayn Rand Fountainhead guys get beat. And those that mask their market worship as the only solution with election promises to retain small town character get their chains yanked in the next election, if not sooner.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Nancy Scola, Washington Post

[Q:] You tweeted that there are parallels between the net neutrality debate and the work of Ayn Rand. I’m guessing the reference is to “Atlas Shrugged.” Is the worry that Comcast or AT&T is going to go all John Galt and declare a strike?

[A:] Not the big public companies – the innovative entrepreneurs that will work over mesh networks or create wireless off-net solutions that avoid traditional Internet networks.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
The Examiner

Louis Bloom? His actions are consistently the opposite of caring. Ayn Rand would love this guy. He’s literally lies, cheats, and steals to get what he wants, and puts several people in danger along the way; he absolutely embodies the “virtue of selfishness.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014