Randex

Monday 24 November 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Alyssa Bereznak, AlterNet

[Reprint of Salon article from April 4, 2011.]

My parents split up when I was 4. My father, a lawyer, wrote the divorce papers himself and included one specific rule: My mother was forbidden to raise my brother and me religiously. She agreed, dissolving Sunday church and Bible study with one swift signature. Mom didn’t mind; she was agnostic and knew we didn’t need religion to be good people. But a disdain for faith wasn’t the only reason he wrote God out of my childhood. There was simply no room in our household for both Jesus Christ and my father’s one true love: Ayn Rand.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
J.D. Tuccille, Reason
Mixed   Image  

They found “Ayn Rand, misquoted as a feminist, now featured on belly t-shirts for teenage girls” more highbrow, but also more despicable, then “Bill Cosby rape-as-meme,” referring to graphics passing through social media referencing the controversy-dogged funnyman who faces a laundy list of accusations of very bad behavior.

Perusing New York media really can be an enlightening peek into a very strange world.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Sunday 23 November 2014
Katy Diamond Hamer, New York Magazine - Vulture
Positive  

…a quote by Ayn Rand comes to mind every time I see it: “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy

Snider, meanwhile, was a founding contributor of the Ayn Rand Institute, established in the 1980s. The stated goals of the institute are to “spearhead a cultural renaissance that will reverse the anti-reason, anti-individualism, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist trends in today’s culture.” Headquartered in Irvine, California, the institute holds classes and offers internships and fellowships, much like many of Koch’s efforts.

Other recent grantees of the Snider Foundation include the Atlas Foundation (Ayn Rand again), the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC), which has received around $100,000 annually over recent years. Located in Los Angeles, DHFC is “dedicated to the defense of free societies whose moral, cultural and economic foundations are under attack by enemies both secular and religious, at home and abroad.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Nov 2014
Josh Rhoten, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)

…The game has many themes, but those of objectivism dominate as characters explore the remains of this once great city…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Nov 2014
Barbara Ortutay, Yahoo! News
Negative  

Silicon Valley seems to have more than its share of companies behaving badly. … is Uber’s much-criticized “bro culture” just part of the package, a reason even, for its meteoric rise and ability to go after smaller rivals and the taxi establishment? Or is it a liability for the company, its Ayn Rand-loving CEO and its backers?

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Nov 2014
Kevin D. Williamson, National Review Online

My mother was, in her modest way, an Ayn Rand villain, someone who lived by the moral principle that John Galt mockingly summarized: “It is your need that gives you a claim to rewards.” She believed that being poor gave one a warrant to exploit any situation to one’s own material benefit.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Nov 2014
Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Neutral  

In video interviews recorded before the competition, the groups were asked about Rembacher, the competition’s namesake. One claimed that Rembacher was Salieri’s hamster and also, somehow, simultaneously, Ayn Rand. Another said she was an elderly cat lady living in Shadyside.

Rembacher is not an actual person or thing; it’s “chamber” scrambled, with an “-er” added for good measure.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Nov 2014