Entertainment Weekly - Inside TV
…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.
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.
Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
- “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.
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.”
The Windsor Square
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.
The Brooklyn Reader
… 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.
[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.
…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