Randex

Wednesday 01 October 2014
Mat Catastrophe, City Paper (Charelston, SC)
Negative  

Much is made of Uber founder Travis Kalanick’s supposed love for Ayn Rand and the tenets of libertarianism she espoused. Mr. Kalanick, though, is no libertarian. If he were, he would have created an app that placed the power directly in the hands of the riders and drivers. Instead, he created yet another corporation with a strong, charismatic leader at its head and a public relations department devoted to spitting out enough doublespeak that the consumer is simply unable to make an informed decision. That is not libertarianism, that is American corporatism.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Oct 2014
The Daily Times (Delware County, PA)

It sounds like “Cato” is just regurgitating Ayn Rand’s drivel in their latest Sound Off, which is nothing more than a justification for being greedy. What’s funny is that “Cato” has called in stuff about traditional values too, but these two things don’t go together, because traditional American values would say to help your fellow man out, not be greedy like something out of “Atlas Shrugged.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Nicholas C. Arguimbau, thepeoplesvoice.org
Negative  

…the Republican Party, which as a practical matter is the controlling party today, “is divided between the ‘hope America fails’ Republicans, who appear to actively want joblessness to rise to seek political gain, and the radical Republicans who adore Ayn Rand, like Paul and Ryan, who favor extremist economic policies that would make America fail .” Budowsky…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Fred McKissack, The Progressive

According to the UNCF, $18.5 million of the grant will go to fund “scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is focused on how entrepreneurship, economics, and innovation contribute to well-being for individuals, communities, and society.”

In other words, the grant will help nurture more Libertarian, free-market, anti-government, Ayn Rand acolytes.

These scholarship winners will find the doors open to them in the rightwing think tanks and lobbying groups the Kochs also fund. The Kochs are making a smart investment by helping to raise a cadre of libertarians of color.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Ed Chainey, Contra Costa Times

Why do right-wing pseudo-intellectuals resort to straw-man arguments whenever trying to “explain” Democrats? No, Christopher Andrus, Democrats aren’t dormant Marxists, as portrayed in your Sept. 18 letter. We’re socially responsible, patriotic voters, unlike the Ayn Randian, libertarian nihilists who push unbridled, vulture capitalism.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
WRAL (Raleigh, NC)

On Wednesday, December 3, comedy comes to the MODTriangle Movie Series when architect/blogger/comedian Jody Brown and stand-up comedian Marcie Maier accompany a screening of “The Fountainhead” (location to be announced). This classic 1949 film is based on Ayn Rand’s novel by the same name, which illuminates idealism versus reality in the pursuit of architecture. Starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, the film now displays some humerous and awkward moments, which Brown and Maier will exploit. The event is sponsored by Carrington Electric LLC.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Oct 2014
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Catholic Culture

Congressman Paul Ryan explained how his Catholic faith has influenced his thinking on economic issues, and denied that he is a disciple of Ayn Rand, in an interview with the National Catholic Register. “Everyone in public life has an urban legend and I have mine: Ayn Rand,” said Ryan…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Ryan Buxton, Huffington Post

On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver asked a simple question: How is Ayn Rand still a thing? And during a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday, noted Rand devotee Paul Ryan saw part of Oliver’s segment and distanced himself…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Nilantika Banarjee, Dhaka Tribune

My favourite novel, or rather I call it my bible, is “The fountainhead.” I have been in love with the philosophy it endorses: “Inspite of whatever their future – at the wake of life men seek a noble vision of man’s nature and life’s potential.” Everything we have, everything we are, comes from a single attribute – the function of his reasoning mind.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Oct 2014
Joan Frawley Desmond, National Catholic Register

[Q:] Ayn Rand had a strong influence on your economic policy, but you state in your book that, as a Catholic, you rejected her philosophy of objectivism. Is it possible to accept just part of a school of philosophy?
[A:] I really enjoyed Ayn Rand’s novels when I was young, and they triggered an interest in economics and in capitalism and free markets. I studied Milton Friedman and the Chicago school of economics. That led me into public service.
But I wasn’t drawn to her philosophy of objectivism. As a person using reason and faith, I disagree with objectivism because it reduces human interactions to mere contracts and is incongruent with human reality and human bonding.
Everyone in public life has an urban legend, and I have mine — Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
John Hodgman, Slate

I’d been fascinated with Rand since I’d written a story in the New York Times Magazine about a competitive championship tournament bridge player who was also an active objectivist and Rand devotee. I had read half of Atlas Shrugged before I got the gist of my role. I really enjoyed the book because of its absurdly reductive philosophy that inadvertently plays on adolescent male narcissism like a jazz saxophone—to draw a connection to the famous Randian saxophonist and economist Alan Greenspan—but it also spoke directly to the adolescent male fantasy of, “I’m the only smart one. Everyone is leeching off of me and I’d rather destroy my work than compromise my integrity by being nice to others.” Her moral severity came as a tonic to my cultural relativist upbringing.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Jerry McDonough, Crossville Chronicle (TN)

…America has nothing to fear. This historical lesson could not happen here. Everything will be okay. The book “Atlas Shrugged” was required reading in many high schools when our generation was being schooled as was George Orwell’s “1984.” It was written by Ayn Rand who actually lived through this time period in Russia.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Sep 2014