Randex

Monday 22 December 2014
Steve Sebeliuslas, Las Vegas Review-Journal

…a tax plan actually made it to a ballot, in and of itself a major accomplishment. The state’s business community warned the Education Initiative, a 2 percent tax on gross revenue, would destroy Nevada’s booming, diverse, low-unemployment economy, because maybe, just maybe, Nevada is that one special place where Ayn Rand’s ideas might actually work in the real world. And the voters bought it…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Pete Hammond, Deadline Hollywood

…this was not exactly a list that discriminates, including everything from Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? to Ouija.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Marianas Variety

The hypnotic appeal of Russian-American novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand to juvenile intellectuals lingers 32 years after her death.

Rand had developed a cult following among young impressionable minds, who were intoxicated by her philosophy of “objectivism” which holds that there is no greater moral goal than achieving happiness.

Her most famous works, “The Fountainhead,” “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Virtue of Selfishness,” are bibles for those who were seduced by Rand into rejecting altruism. Like the beatnik of philosophy, she was the Jack Kerouac to conservative politicians including the late President Ronald Reagan, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Ron Paul and Sen. Rand Paul.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
David Uzumeri, ComicsAlliance
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I refuse to believe Sivana proudly yelling “THE FOUNTAINHEAD!” in a dull office built in the Rock of Eternity isn’t an Ayn Rand dig, and nothing you say will convince me otherwise.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Daniel W. Drezner, Washington Post

I don’t care how many times you read “Atlas Shrugged,” the truth is that most people don’t want to be entrepreneurs — and for those people, the rewards of a college education have never been greater…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Norma Lowe, Salt Lake Tribune

As for community and family values, forget it. That’s not what the GOP-NRA is all about. They’re busy defending coal and oil and worshipping Ayn Rand.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Sunday 21 December 2014
Olivia Armstrong, Decider

Other titles now available: Atlas Shrugged

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Will Wilkinson, The Dish

The problem of willingly selling out to the Chinese reminded me of Ayn Rand, whose bracing moral lessons I’m sure Freddie had in the back of his mind. Rand’s finest novel, The Fountainhead, is an anti-capitalist screed about the spiritual and cultural evil of catering to market demand. Forget the problem of giving the commie censors what they want. It’s wrong to give the free market what it wants, when what it wants is aesthetically debased, which it always is. The architect hero of The Fountainhead, Howard Roark, is the ultimate in spine, the patron saint of never selling out. When one of his perfect, austere modernist buildings is bowdlerized the better to suit the public taste, he blows it up. That’s right, Howard Roark is a terrorist, a jihadi for artistic integrity. Maybe Howard Roark is the answer. Maybe can show us the way. Maybe Sony needs to feel that it is unsafe not to release The Interview.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch
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Uber — any business that routinely treats paying customers as users. Also shorthand for Ayn Rand. And a synonym for an online stalker

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Tom Dillon / Special to the Times-News, Times-News (Burlington, NC)

He had an early fascination with the writing of Ayn Rand, but eventually rejected Rand’s “greed is good” motto. His feeling now: “Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s how we practice capitalism that has created many of the challenges now facing humanity.” A good part of this book seems aimed at influencing other super-rich people into philanthropy like that of Turner’s.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Seth J. Frantzman, Jerusalem Post
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Ok, so my family probably wasn’t normal: my mother was a history-buff and my father an eclectic intellectual with a wealth of knowledge. But between them I received a solid grounding in what might be considered an enlightened and progressive worldview. Later I felt as versed in the views of John Locke and Ayn Rand as I did in those of Karl Marx.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Saturday 20 December 2014
Andrew Anthony, The Guardian (London)

Kalanick, who thinks Ayn Rand’s libertarian novel The Fountainhead is “an awesome” book, may talk like a surfer but he thinks like a salesman. Legend has it that he discovered what he wanted to sell on a wintry night in Paris in 2008, when he and his Uber cofounder Garrett Camp couldn’t find a cab.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014