Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)
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.
…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…
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.
…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.