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Saturday 22 November 2014
Kevin Horrigan, Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)

Rational Man takes his cues from the Rational Actor model in economics, and indeed, from philosophers who’ve argued since ancient times that man’s nature is to maximize his own good whenever possible. Generations of Philosophy 101 students have been arguing about the nature of man ever since. Ayn Rand was Rational Woman. Gordon Gekko, who said “Greed is good,” was a movie Rational Man.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Nov 2014
Ananth Padmanabhan, Scoll.in

Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead (some would call it infamous) was, besides being a game-changer, a book that could be, and has been too, accused of celebrating rape, in the brief scene where Roark forces himself on Dominique. On re-reading, the sex is violent.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Nov 2014
David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)

“Picture it: the engines of capitalism unleashed, no longer burdened by having to pay their share. And then I’ll privatize and corporatize everything! Jiminy Cricket! I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it.”

The Tooth Fairy, having drunk too much punch, hovered like a surly hummingbird inches from my nose. “Have you read any of Ayn Rand’s fairy tales about the magical wonders of the free market? Hiccup! What’s the matter with you? Don’t you love a good fairy tale?”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Connie Schultz, Washington Post
Neutral  

Pollitt masterfully employs an eye-popping history of abortion rights to track the trajectory of our nation’s current obsession with the private lives of women. Abortion, she reminds us, is at least 4,000 years old, and we didn’t always condemn women who sought one. Ayn Rand and Barry Goldwater were pro-choice, as was California Gov. Ronald Reagan, who signed what was “the most liberal abortion law in the country” at the time.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
John Fanning, The Irish Times (Dublin)
Positive  

Born in a comfortable middle-class London home marinated in Home Counties conservatism, Bell joined the Young Conservatives as a teenager. From the start he had an unwavering revulsion for socialism: “The aim of the left is to motivate people by making everyone the same.” The book is punctuated with similar sentiments, and Bell reveals a devotion to the ultralibertarian Ayn Rand, whose philosophy of extreme self-reliance he endorses.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Nov 2014
Friday 21 November 2014
firstdegree, Daily Kos

You claim to be a gun-worshipping, Ayn Rand-style rugged individualist, and you may live out on some scrap of what remains of the “frontier” in your part of rural America, and you may even have a picture on your wall of a cowboy or, grotesquely, a Native American, yet you vote Republican, the very group that…fosters the soulless corporate automaton subordinated entirely to corporate greed, with your corporate gods operating largely in big cities, Wall St., or even abroad.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Timothy Callahan, Comic Book Resources
Neutral  

The Question, who saw the world in black and white (in a nod to his Ditkoesque Randian comic book origins) in his earlier superhero days, explains the “spectrum of choices” and how they relate to the development of society…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Mark James Miller, Noozhawk (Santa Barbara, CA)

…admiration for the ruthless individualist is reflected in Rand’s two major novels, The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957). In these two massive volumes of fiction, the protagonists are brilliant, driven men who single-mindedly pursue their visions of excellence — one as an architect, the other as a steel magnate — while having to fight off the efforts of weaker, smaller-minded individuals and governments to prevent them from realizing their dreams.

Small wonder, then, that Rand’s followers see environmentalism not as an effort to save and preserve the only planet we have for future generations, but as a sinister, communist inspired plot…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Negative
Tom O’Donnell, The New Yorker

I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

“Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”

“What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

“Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Mar 2014
Gideon Haigh, The Australian
Neutral  

Srinivasan and Raman have earned support at the BCCI by wringing extra cash from the ICC; the latter was, among other things, chief draftsman of the restructuring’s working paper, a document replete with MBA jargon and pervaded by logic to make Ayn Rand look like a bleeding heart.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Matt Reed, Inside Higher Ed
Neutral  

As far as I know – and I’m open to correction on this – ECMC has not allied itself with any particular pedagogical movement or philosophy. This isn’t Founders College, the short-lived attempt to base a college on the writings of Ayn Rand. If it doesn’t have a profit motive, or a religious motive, or a philosophical motive, or a pedagogical motive, what is it trying to achieve?

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Sarah Burke, East Bay Express (Emeryville, CA)

Ortberg draws from well-known literary figures and books (Jane Eyre, obvs., along with Sherlock Holmes, Atlas Shrugged, The Hunger Games)…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014