Randex

Thursday 06 November 2014
Wes Dingman, Denton Publications

As a nation, we appear to be struggling as to which of two competing, yet often compelling, philosophies we will follow as we head into the future. One of these philosophies is that espoused by many of those with conservative views. It derives, in part, from the writings and speeches of Ayn Rand in the early Twentieth Century during which she offered a “rational objectivist” perspective. There is much to admire about this philosophy and it is clear that Ms. Rand possessed a keen intellect. In keeping with this philosophy, some current followers of Rand’s beliefs, for example, John A. Allison, now President and CEO of the Cato Institute, promote the view that there is no such thing as a society, there are only individuals. They believe we should let individuals pursue their self-interest unhindered by concerns for the well-being of others.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
Jennifer Anju Grossman, Huffington Post

Like many of the men I’m attracted to, Paul was handsome, fit and sexy. During our first date we talked favorite authors – mine, Ayn Rand, he rejected on on feminist grounds.

So, instead of hooking up, I decided to hunker down for a critical re-read of Ayn Rand. Through this late-night, lovelorn lens, I formulated a radically new approach to dating that applies the principles of Ayn Rand’s libertarian philosophy to women’s most common dating challenges.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
Peter Lawler, The Federalist

The big Republican donors are increasingly libertarian or, in some loose sense, Randian. The Koch brothers spent big money on the same-sex marriage effort in New York. Peter Thiel, the Republican/libertarian public intellectual of Silicon Valley billionaires, says social liberalism has won, and that’s basically a good thing. The real cause in America now is promoting faith in technological innovation and economic freedom (or deregulation) as the keys to our increasingly more liberated and abundant future.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2014
Wednesday 05 November 2014
The Australian

notcharlesgrodin: “Eddie Lampert, the CEO of Sears, is one of the best contenders for the Corporate Darwin Award. He’s an Ayn Rand-loving, free-market ideologist who attempted to take this out of the lobbyist/Congress-rigged world of hedge funds and into retail…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
Positive  

The group lists such diverse artists as Ernest Hemingway, Ayn Rand, Cormac McCarthy, the Decemberists, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Björk, Ani DiFranco, Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Springsteen, Weezer, the Cars, Tool, Live and Pearl Jam among their influences.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
Jarvis DeBerry, Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

But there’s another kind of voter fatigue that can come into play, the fatigue that comes from being confronted with a ballot that’s the electoral equivalent of “Moby Dick” or “Atlas Shrugged.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
Gary Alexander, Resource Investor

[Q:] You said that when you were named to the position of Federal Reserve chair you left the world of theoretical economics philosophy and entered the arena of action. You moved beyond the role of pamphleteer on the sideline to being part of the action. In what way did your objectivist teaching from your time with Ayn Rand and your belief in the gold standard influence the people around you? How did you convince people to see things your way or did you feel that most of the compromise went the other way?

[A:] When I wrote a paper on how agricultural subsidies made no sense to the farmers in the long run, two Republican senators from Nebraska taught me the reality of actually implementing the values we hold as best we can in the context of a political environment. I never changed my fundamental views because they were rational. President Ronald Reagan advised that other than your core beliefs, which are protected by the Constitution, sometimes you have to compromise. We learned to change the world bit by bit.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy

Snider has been active in philanthropy which some might say is inconsistent with Rand’s Objectivism. Not so, says Snider, who claims that Rand wasn’t against “helping poor people” but rather believed that help should come through private charities, not government programs.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014

You may have put down Atlas Shrugged in high school, but heroine Dagny Taggart is reason enough to push through this 1957 megalith. As the powerful executive of Taggart Transcontinental, Dagny exudes HBIC attitude in a male-dominated world. She knows that a shrewd business sense, and being the smartest person in the room, will trump doubt in haters and garner trust from those who matter. But a sleek yet feminine wardrobe — as modeled by Taylor Schilling in the 2011 movie — doesn’t hurt, either.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
Joe Sweeney, The Quietus
Neutral  

…Killer Mike and El-P are braggarts and assholes for sure, but their hubris is all about how talented they are on the mic and in the sack, not how many Bentleys they bought last week. It’s old-fashioned egomania, the kind that’s contained within a persona, with no queasy co-signs on income inequality. You could make the argument that Rick Ross and Ayn Rand are philosophical soulmates. Not so here.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
Jamestown Sun (ND)

As a sophomore in AP English, Patel wrote a paper for an international essay contest regarding Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.” That essay earned Patel $50 as a semifinalist in the contest.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
Jeff Meyers, San Antonio Current

The bigger and better target might have been the embrace of unbridled, amoral can-do capitalism, the Ayn Randian perversion of the American Dream that conservatives like Rand Paul and Paul Ryan seem to hold dear. As Lou ably demonstrates, our system encourages him to become profit-seeking vampire.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014