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Tuesday 16 December 2014
Tom Ziller, SB Nation
Negative  

Leitch argues that time will solve all imbalances, and separately calls Mark Cuban’s (incredibly self-serving) plan to move the Texas teams to the East “Ayn Randian.” I’d actually argue nothing could be more Ayn Randian than letting the invisible hand of time correct the imbalance! We know how that philosophy works, right?

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Paul Levy, The Conversation

A business can be more or less “conscious”. Consciousness can be viewed along a number of different dimensions. Take Fred Kofman’s, quotes from the Ayn-Rand-acolyte Nathaniel Branden, who died earlier this month and whose broad view of consciousness went beyond this simplistic “good and kind” definition used by so many…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Jason Tillberg, Ithaca Voice

Ayn Rand, in her book, Atlas Shrugged, wrote: ..”when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from those who produce nothing – … you know your society is doomed.”

The Government limiting the truck driver to 70 hours of work over 8 days reminds of that very quote from Atlas Shrugged.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Ed Kilgore, AlterNet

Today’s most distracting read is undoubtedly the University of Chicago’s John Paul Rollert writing at the Atlantic about a conference on Objectivism (put on by the Stalinists of Objectivism, the Ayn Rand Institute) he attended last summer in Las Vegas.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Monday 15 December 2014
Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly - Inside TV
Neutral  

…the whole thing plays like a meditation on social constructivism, or a critique of Objectivism, or something. Ascension has a lot on its mind, though I still don’t know if it has a point.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Partha Banerjee, DNA (India)

There is also a purposeful media promotion of a rabidly individualistic lifestyle that actively discourages collectivism and encourages a self-assumed militant vigilante through gun ownership and other validations of violence. Chomsky said, “People are always kept on their edge with the fear that the country is under attack by intruders.” I have myself seen pro-NRA posters in ABC’s New York offices: I was stunned. The Ayn Rand libertarian way of life has found some of its biggest supporters not just in Milton Friedman-Greenspan-Goldman Sachs economists, but among the corporate owners of media.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
  1. Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?” The third in a series of films based on the Ayn Rand novel (and you thought splitting the last “Hunger Games” book into two movies was a bad idea). The casts and directors keep changing, but decent quality has never been there. The first one was bad, the second one modestly better. This time, they just stopped trying. Director James Manera tries to beat the audience into submission but fails at that, too. Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity appear as themselves, because of course they do.
Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Greg Peck, GazetteXtra

In September 2012, Macek called Ryan a “self-serving hypocrite.” Macek also believed Ryan followed the atheist Ayn Rand more faithfully than his own Catholic religion. That July, Macek wrote: “Ryan’s budget is based on Rand, not the Gospels. It favors the wealthy, cutting programs for the disadvantaged, and giving the so-called ‘job creators’ more tax cuts.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Fotini Stephen, The Windsor Square
Neutral  

Ilona Royce Smithkin , a 93 year-old recognized by her colourful ensembles and iconic red eyelashes, established a successful early career as an artist, painting the likes of Ayn Rand, only to fully embrace her potential in her 90’s when she understood the value of what she can offer to others.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Karen Malpede, The Brooklyn Reader
Negative  

… Americans’ historical memories are notoriously short. “What torture program?”asked a Brooklyn neighbor, devotee of Ayn Rand, just a few days before the Senate released the report.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014

[Q:] What was the last book you read? [A:] The Fountainhead. Obsessed with this book and how it shows the importance of following your truth.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Billy Manes, Orlando Weekly

…we’re not taking sides on this one, mostly because Uber is (as Gawker put it) the Ayn Rand of taxi services, and we are no Fountainhead. But there are sundry other reasons to love the company, some that involve not liking monopolies and totally liking people who need to make extra money

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014