Randex

Friday 07 November 2014
Jed Lea-Henry, Epoch Times

Despite being one of a selection of member states that have consistently pursued a United Nations General Assembly binding resolution outlawing blasphemy (a non-binding resolution has already been passed), Pakistan is still a signatory to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights – Article 19 is explicit, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference”. Although criticism of her work has become fashionable, Ayn Rand is an effective populariser of the deontological ethical outlaysimplicit in such human rights standards, “Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)”.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
Dennis O’Neil, Comicmix
Neutral  

Mezuzahs, bibles, Boy Scout oaths, crucifixes, copies of the Declaration of Independence, scientology tracts, Buddhist sutras, the collected works of Ayn Rand – sure, you’ll see those here and there, but not everywhere. But we all own televisions…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
Graeme McMillan, Hollywood Reporter

Where Is He On The Political Spectrum? From his few appearances, [Bob] Russo was clearly a believer in Ayn Rand-style individualism, believing in his own exceptionalism until he collided with a wall.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter - Distinctly Catholic

Catholic University’s School of Business & Economics will be co-hosting a conference next Monday with the Acton Institute. The topic will be the relationship between religious and economic liberty, about which the only interesting question is whether the devotees of Ayn Rand at Acton are trying to jump on the religious liberty bandwagon, or vice-versa. Either way, teaming up with the Acton Institute raises some serious issues about the Catholic identity of the only university in the U.S. owned by the bishops.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Marie Le Conte and Frankie Goodway, Daily Mirror (London)
Neutral  

One is a famous writer with dodgy ideas who is fond of using overly complicated words for no reason, and the other one’s Ayn Rand.

No, seriously, we mean it: American right-wing sweetheart Ayn Rand and British comedian-turned-protester-in-chief Russell Brand shouldn’t really have anything in common, but they do.

We looked at both of their most famous quotes and realised that distinguishing one from the other was harder than you’d expect.

So - between the Rand and the Brand, can you guess who said what?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Greg Mitchell, Huffington Post

While the MGM film was being planned in late 1945 and early 1946, a second film was being developed by Hal Wallis – and Ayn Rand wrote the script.

This film was to be titled Top Secret. The Hollywood trades compared the race to make the first atomic film to the U.S. vs. Germany race to make The Bomb. At the Truman Library, I discovered a 16-page outline by Rand from January 19, 1946.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Steve Bong, The Register
Satire   Negative  

If I do have children - and I am not saying I will - my firstborn son and heir will be called Rand Rand Lobsang Rand de Bong.

That’s in honour of my two heroes: the two guiding philosophical lights in my life. Namely, “Lobsang”, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet – and “Rand”, after the heroine of all the Ayn Rand novels, who is Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand was the founder of evidence-based policy making. “Evidence-free assertions, appeals to tradition, and appeals to authority are not rational arguments; they are textbook logical fallacies,” Rand scholars tell us.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Chicago Reader

Friday, we recommend seven Old Movies to Watch Now, all of which come recommended by one of our critics and can currently be screened online. Read the review, watch the movie, feel accomplished. … The Fountainhead, King Vidor’s Ayn Rand adaptation.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Michael Lind, Salon

…the secular creed of free market libertarianism, which comes in different denominations — the extreme Ayn Rand school or the more moderate Milton Friedman kind. … The libertarians object to government at all levels as a threat to individualism.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Sarah Berman, The Tyee (BC)

“We thought we were going to get this really obscure political scene of people who read The Fountainhead… The irony is that by the time we finished, it had become quite mainstream.”

Some know of Emery’s Ontario roots and Ayn Rand obsession, but many haven’t given his unusual politics and persona much thought. What’s interesting about a years-long study like Citizen Marc is that each of these entry points can produce varied, unexpected audience reactions.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2014
Thursday 06 November 2014
Neutral  

…classic ambiguities that hinge on lack of the Oxford comma: “I dedicate this book to my parents, Ayn Rand and God” and “We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
Dawn Foster, VICE

​On Tuesday night I went to London’s Hay Hill Gallery for what is listed as “Free Market Revolution: An Evening of Individualism” for a talk by Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute on “How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government”. Ayn Rand was primarily a novelist, who – through her writing – argued for “the virtue of selfishness”, a philosophy that asserts that looking out for number one is the best thing a human being can possibly do, and that everyone else can be damned. Even though it seems clear that the capitalist world is run broadly along those lines, those who subscribe to the Randian worldview think we’re living in a socialist nightmare. On Tuesday night, they were gathering in Baker Street to talk about how to end it.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014