Monday 15 December 2014
Max O'Connell, Indie Wire - The Playlist

Bringing Ayn Rand’s vision to the screen with all the licensed stock footage, community-theater acting, and state-park locations that a very small amount of money can buy, Aglialoro and director James Manera have created one of the definitive cut-rate movies—a film that achieves the improbable by resembling a mockbuster knock-off of itself. From its flubbed lines (“It’s like I can’t believe you alive!” could be this generation’s “Time for go to bed”) to its sub-Wiseau utility-closet sex scene, this is a film so shoddy that it almost qualifies as a must-see.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Jay Hathaway, Gawker

In the midst of a hostage situation in downtown Sydney, Australia, Ayn Rand’s favorite car service, Uber, turned on its wildly expensive surge pricing for customers trying to get away from the armed siege. And lest you think this was the fault of an insensitive algorithm that detected high demand, the company tweeted that it was aware of the attack and had raised prices for the fleeing people’s own good.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Will Leitch, Sports On Earth

“Cuban’s plan would only be temporary, subject to revision as the league’s balance of power shifts, he says. “A shakeup will create interest,” Cuban says. “And after five years, you can learn and adjust from there."”

Well, yes, it might create interest … it would create the interest of people noticing that the rules are changed to benefit Mark Cuban, and then potentially changed back when they no longer benefit Mark Cuban. How Ayn Randian!

Not all arguments are as blatantly self-interested or as wildly fluctuating as Cuban’s, but they come from the same place: Currently, things are like this, so rather than wait for them to change (or, more accurately, allow the human beings in charge work to make them change), let’s artificially shift it around for temporary satisfaction.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
John Paul Rollert, The Atlantic Monthly

The day that I attended, ARI’s in-house philosopher, Onkar Ghate, provided an overview of Objectivism’s central tenets. It included terms like “psycho-epistemology” and other doctrinal patois that modern philosophers favor to give even the most mundane claims a metaphysical sheen, yet it also addressed, rather nakedly, the self-help impulse that accounts, in large part, for Rand’s continued popularity.

Happiness, Ghate explained, is the “moral purpose” of life, and the role of philosophy in that quest is to ensure that you are “fully thinking” about the views that inundate you on a daily basis. The opinions of others—whether they involve art, politics, ethics, or even personal priorities—have a tendency to shape you, so you must be on your guard. Philosophy will help you to assess these views so that you choose “the right ones and get rid of the wrong ones,” assembling a sound set of beliefs that will guide you in determining how to spend your days.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Steven Conn, Huffington Post

…policy. Equal parts Milton Friedman monetarism and Ayn Randian libertarianism, Free Market Fundamentalism has been successful at rolling back federal (and state-level) regulation of the economy (those who…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2014
Sunday 14 December 2014
Christopher Monckton, WorldNetDaily

The United States is spending hundreds of billions on making non-existent global warming go away.


As Ayn Rand foresaw in her towering philosophical novel, “Atlas Shrugged,”the “looters,” as she so aptly described the rapacious left, would strive and strive until they had robbed almost all of us of our ability to think.

Independent thought would be banned. Adherence to the party line would be mandatory. Anyone who thought for himself would become an outcast and would eventually be punished and, if possible, killed.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Dec 2014
Sheldon Richman, Reason

Branden, of course, became known to the world as the man who helped systematize and present the philosophy dramatized in Ayn Rand’s novels, especially Atlas Shrugged. The Objectivist movement became an integral part of the budding libertarian movement in the late 1950s and ‘60s. After his break with Rand, Branden moved from New York City to Los Angeles, where he made a name for himself through a series of books about the role of self-esteem in the pursuit of happiness, work he had begun while he was Rand’s associate.

I’ll have nothing to say here about the biographical details of the two that have attracted so much attention over the last 40-plus years. Nor will I explore what I believe are epistemological and ethical shortcomings in Objectivism.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Dec 2014
Saturday 13 December 2014
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

All of this is infuriating on multiple levels, but mainly because Warren’s opposition to the Citi provision wasn’t a left-leaning move at all. It was very much a conservative position. Ayn Rand herself, dragged from the grave and lashed to a chair on the floor of the Senate, would have argued the same thing.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Dec 2014
Sean Rueter, DB Nation - Cageside Seats

Kane vs. Ryback.

It’s THE BIG GUY vs. The Big Red Monster (who doesn’t wear read any more, and who isn’t really a monster unless you’re a member of the Occupy movement or hate Ayn Rand)! And they’ll be hitting each other with chairs!

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Dec 2014
The Seattle Times

Nathaniel Branden, 84, writer Ayn Rand’s former devotee, lover and intellectual heir, who, after a bitter schism, moved to Los Angeles and became a best-selling author on self-esteem, died Dec. 3 in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Dec 2014
Asad Ali and Yasser Usman, Hindustan Times

Anurag Kashyap was about 25 when he met Ram Gopal Varma who asked him to write a script based on a one-line idea: “Let’s put Howard Roark of The Fountainhead in the Mumbai underworld.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Dec 2014
Paul Strand, Christian Broadcasting Network

Many conservative Christians over the decades have read Tolkien for entertainment, but have gone to an uber-capitalist like Ayn Rand to learn their free-market economics and political philosophy.

The problem is her heroes’ and heroines’ R-rated escapades and almost furious atheism also present stumbling blocks.

That’s why Richards is quick to suggest Tolkien’s works might be a wiser place to learn economics and good governance.

“They could be used much better than books like Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand to teach kids economics and politics,” Richards opined.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 12 Dec 2014