Randex

Tuesday 06 January 2015
Gary Christenson, SilverSeek
Positive  

Most normal individuals believe these basic truths. Or, as Ayn Rand said two generations ago, “We can ignore reality but we can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Jan 2015
Kathleen Villaruben, Movie News Guide

…“Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” which has a painful rate of 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Jan 2015
Murray Newlands, Entrepreneur.com
  1. The Fountainhead. Based on the best-selling novel by Ayn Rand, “The Fountainhead” tells the story of Howard Roark, an architect who prefers to struggle rather than compromise his artistic vision. The movie demonstrates the conflict between individualism and capitalism. Company leaders strive to achieve that balance every day and this film shows that it is possible to succeed without conforming to what others believe you should be, but staying true to yourself.
Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Jan 2015
James Cook, Business Insider Australia
BioShock   Neutral  

BioShock is also based on the political philosophy of Ayn Rand, hence the name of the game’s villain: Andrew Ryan.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Jan 2015
Sam Adams, Indie Wire - The Playlist

There’s no requirement to have seen the movies first: Had all 750-some Razzies members paid to see “Atlas Shrugged 3: The Return of John Galt,” it likely would have made more than $850,000 at the box office.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

Other movies competing for an esteemed Worst Picture nomination are the Kirk Cameron epic Saving Christmas, the Johnny Depp techno-thriller Transcendence … plus Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? – which scored a remarkable 0% on Rotten Tomatoes – and The Legend of Hercules.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Rod MacKenzie, Mail & Guardian - Thought Leader (Johannesburg)

Manne’s study of what our consumerist lifestyles are doing to us, to our souls (if such a precious word can still be used) and the planet portrays far more damage than what we can imagine.

We see this universal harm, the “tragedy of the commons” in part two of the book, “Narcissism and Society”. For example, in her discussion of the 2008 global crash, the author takes a close look at that devout worshipper of selfishness, Ayn Rand and her philosophy of “Objectivism” — glossed over as “ethical egotism”. She also looks at Rand’s chief arse-licker Alan Greenspan and his role in the financial crisis.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Jan 2015
Joseph Breslin, Washington Times

For Aristotle, as for Aquinas, the purpose of life is to discover and put oneself in conformity with the real and the Absolute, which in Aquinas’ case, is the Triune God. For Rand, the purpose of life is to put external reality in conformity with one’s own design. Needless to say, she rejects both the Prime Mover of Aristotle and the Trinity of Aquinas and substitutes in their place the individual ego.

In case you missed that, this means that Ayn Rand, quite literally worshipped herself and the pursuit of her own will and ego, thus “the virtue of selfishness.”

Now the stark shock of this matter-of-fact narcissism, this scholastic idolatry, has an extreme attraction to many people, especially the young.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Dec 2014
Gwynne Watkins, Yahoo! Movies

…boy, do the Razzies love an easy target. Ostensibly, the awards are supposed to go after — in Wilson’s words — “big-budget, big-name, well-known movies” which “have no excuse to be as bad as they are.” But there’s no Hollywood bombast to small movies like the Atlas Shrugged trilogy, which has already received a healthy beating from critics.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
Atheism   Paul Ryan   Capitalism   Mixed  

Though he rejected her atheistic views, Ryan was inspired by Ayn Rand and credits her work for inspiring his passion for economics.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Jan 2015
James Parker, The Atlantic Monthly
Negative  

What if it was the wife on the boardwalk telling the husband that he was out of shape? What if the grocery bagger with Down syndrome was being bullied not by a middle-aged woman but by a couple of teenagers? Who would stand up then?

The anxiety, of course, is that no one would, that civilization itself is a mirage, some kind of wafting mental construct that dissolves upon contact with the Ayn Randian all-against-all. We all share this anxiety…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Dec 2014
Monday 05 January 2015
Bradley Harrington, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)

“I have often wondered at the smugness at which people assert their right to enslave me, to control my work, to force my will, to violate my conscience, to stifle my mind - yet what is it that they expect to depend on, when they lie on an operating table under my hands?” - Dr. Hendricks from “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, 1957.

If you think what has been happening with government intrusion into medicine over the last 50 years is bad enough, the WTE’s front page recently gave us a small glimpse of the doctor shortages we have coming for the future…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Jan 2015