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…
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.
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.”
[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.
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.
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.
…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.
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.
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.
When West Virginia fell to Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a Senate candidate who had never gone in with the Tea Party, I found a follower of Ayn Rand at the snack table.
“As soon as they win, the splits in the Republican Party are going to widen again,” said Ed Hudgins, the mustachioed director of advocacy at the Randian Atlas Society. “There are voters that they can’t read out to, who are all about business. I like to say that they have the values of a Howard Roark, but they don’t have the politics yet of a John Galt. They’re socially liberal, they look at the GOP, and they see Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee and say ‘I want nothing to do with that.’”