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Sunday 02 November 2014
Bradley Harrington, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)
Positive  

Well, here we are again, at the apex of another election cycle, whereby nearly all candidates make promises they never intend to keep to voters who don’t generally believe what they say in order to gain the political power to run all of our lives.

To a free thinker like me, that has always been an interesting idea to ponder, and Ayn Rand’s phrase about the “sanction of the victim” comes to mind.

But for the majority of us, it’s not a question of recognizing such lying thievery for what it is but of thinking that we have a “right” to so subjugate ourselves instead.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Nov 2014
Robert Parry, Consortium News
Negative  

…paring back social programs for the poor or – in Ayn Rand vernacular – the moochers. To the racist Republicans this meant giving the states greater leeway to suppress the votes of minorities and gutting…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Nov 2014
Donal Lynch, Irish Independent (Dublin)

… the money question irritates him. He once rhetorically asked: “Can you imagine Howard Roark (the protagonist of Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead) saying: ‘I just want to make as much money as possible?’”

He takes up the point. “There’s a whole set of historical factors that played into that,” he explains of his personal and business decision to spurn a potential avalanche of corporate dollars. “I’m not personally opposed to people making money. It is not an ideological stance. It is a combination of aesthetics and historical circumstance.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Nov 2014
John Tamny, Forbes

…what if the “vital few” were to disappear? That’s the question asked in Ayn Rand’s timeless novel, Atlas Shrugged. In it, the 1 percent are under attack for having had the temerity to grow rich by virtue of being innovative. The difference, and this is why copies of Atlas Shrugged continue to sell in bestseller fashion almost 60 years after the novel’s publication, is that in the book the innovators disappear. Tired of working for the alleged benefit of others, they go on strike.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Nov 2014
Saturday 01 November 2014
Sam Blumenfeld, The New American

…today, Marxist atheists, who usually call themselves secular humanists or progressives, cannot accept the existence of a Creator because that would undermine their belief in evolution. Thus they cannot believe that human beings are endowed by a Creator with unalienable rights. If they believe in individual freedom, as Ayn Rand did, as the natural product of human reason, they may embrace Americanism as a secular creed and still believe in reproduction rights, abortion, and gay marriage.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Nov 2014
Henry Bonner, GoldSeek

He’s also viewed as a big-government sell-out because he began his career as an adherent to the economic philosophy of Ayn Rand, with minimal government interference, and, relevant to his role as director of the Fed, sound money.

So what happened to the young ideologue that Greenspan had been? Did power corrupt him? Did he fold under pressure to run the printing presses, debasing the currency and propping up the government?

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Nov 2014
Times Union (Albany, NY)

LITERARY FIRST LINES … Ph.d. level …

  1. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. 12. Who is John Galt?
Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Nov 2014
Friday 31 October 2014
Eric Alterman, The Nation

Conservatives, once upon a time, knew the importance of insulating their bottom line from their vanity. Consider the pre–Rupert Murdoch Wall Street Journal. Its editorial pages raved like Ayn Rand at a Young Americans for Freedom rally, but its news pages played it straight, to the point of contradicting some of the more outrageous editorials.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Lance Ulanoff, Mashable

Watching Google’s automaton buying spree reminded me a little bit of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. In that book, industrialist John Galt quietly spirits away all the great entrepreneurs to his private Utopia in order to “stop the engine of the world.” Similarly, Google’s robot buying spree did sap some of the energy from the robotics development space.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Daniel Ruth, St. Petersburg Times (FL)

Up on the dais are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz looking like a used shark salesman, grumpy New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie foaming at the mouth, Sen. Marco Rubio playing jacks, sanctimonious former Sen. Rick Santorum showing everyone his stigmata, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal handing out beignets, Texas Gov. Rick Perry waxing about how great it is to be in Hawaii, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee trying to raise the dead, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan reciting Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Nikki Schwab, US News & World Report

A painting of Happy’s father shows him grasping an Ayn Rand tome with his hoof.) Giggles, Maya Rudolph’s alpaca, studied engineering, but too bad – those jobs have been shipped overseas.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Christina Marfice, SheKnows
Video   Capitalism   Negative  

Happy, who comes from a wealthy family, rides her successful, Ayn Rand-loving father’s coattails right into a cushy, six-figure gig as “junior VP of synergy.” No one is quite sure what her job duties are, but she gets to hang out in a cocktail-filled lounge with a view while she monitors her stock options. Yay!

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014