Randex

Wednesday 17 December 2014
Schuyler Kraus, Lawrence Journal-World (KS)
Positive  

“The creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” — Ayn Rand

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast
Mixed   Capitalism  

Gawker sneered that Uber is “Ayn Rand’s favorite car service.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014

She studied John Locke, the 17th-century English philosopher who espoused the sanctity of individual liberty with government in a limited role. She read Ayn Rand, the Russian emigre author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead,” who argued that rational self-interest and a laissez-faire economy should light the way.

Property rights, Smith said, are sacrosanct because they are liberty’s floorboards. ”If you can’t own property, own your business, own your printing press, own your mosque or place of worship, can you really have any other freedoms?”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times

Uber’s automatic “surge pricing” model gouged the panic-stricken to the tune of more than $100 ride, a quadrupling of the regular rate. Uber later apologized and offered refunds but its immediate reaction was that the gouging was intentional. There was a sudden need for vehicles and drivers to move people to safety, and by offering drivers an obscene amount of money for a few minutes of driving, Uber cars would flood the zone.

Ayn Rand would be so proud.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Robert De Filippis, OpEdNews

That’s the illusion that Fox News sustains and reinforces: Beautiful blond ladies, white alpha male executives, racist, warmongering, support for unfettered Randian capitalism, in Yoda’s words “the force is strong with this one.”
That’s the strong but subtle force that comes with a neurotic need to deny reality.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Lance Harris, TechCentral
Negative  

[In Snowpiercer] Chris Evans, best known for apple pie roles such as Captain America, leads a revolt with the aim of reaching the front of the train and dislodging the Randian man who built and rules it.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit)

2014 releases deserving of scorn and derision: Horrible Bosses 2, Dumb and Dumber To, Blended, Dracula Untold, I, Frankenstein, Drive Hard, Tusk, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Atlas Shrugged Part III…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Inman News

[Q:] What’s your favorite classic piece of literature and why?

[A:] “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand; it’s a classic piece that illustrates the beauty and dangers of pure capitalism. As an entrepreneur, there are a lot of analogies that can be made between being a “creator” and fighting/disregarding “regulators.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Bob Barr, Townhall.com

In 1964, Ayn Rand wrote that American society was quickly heading toward what she called “the stage of ultimate inversion,” in which “the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.” Rand, who came to America to escape the tyranny of the Soviet Union, saw in mid-20th Century America a country following a similar course as the one she escaped; in which government ruled by “brute force” and increased its power as it eroded individual rights.

Now, more than three decades after her death, and with the age of the Internet in full swing, Rand’s fears of government “inversion” have become truer than ever.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2014
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Isaiah J. Poole, Campaign for America’s Future

One might expect that Ayn Rand devotee Eddie Lampert, the CEO presiding over the disintegration of the once-great Sears and Kmart retail stores, would be a zealot when it comes to wriggling out of paying taxes to the governments that serve and protect his properties.

But let’s not kid ourselves. What he extracts out of state governments to subsidize his failing empire isn’t “economic development.” It’s more like a rich bully running an extortion racket…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Davd Ehrlich, Time Out New York

…Will Gluck’s thoroughly modern Annie is a candied corporate fantasia that could only take place in Taylor Swift’s New York. Although the film might have been a fun holiday diversion, its admirably revisionist spirit is undermined by the same proto-Randian contempt for the poor that first defined the story of America’s most optimistic orphan when she was introduced in a 1924 comic strip.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Shan Wang, Boston Globe

So you want to know why Mitt Romney and a host of other politicians-cum-businessmen are so into Ms. Rand? So you’re a little curious about the uncomfortable sex scenes? Read the e-book!

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014