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Friday 31 October 2014
Justin Moyer, Washington Post

“There is something uniquely jarring about a display of selfish insolence from someone who is so praiseworthy in other respects,” Townhall wrote in a piece called “Kaci Hickox, Self-Absorbed Hero.” … The culprit infringing upon Hickox’s individual rights as Ayn Rand might have imagined them? According to Maddow: “Maine’s bombastic walking carnival of a governor, tea party republican Paul LePage,” who “has basically now threatened that that nurse may not be safe in Maine.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Darryl Cunningham, New Statesman

I can’t remember how I first came across Ayn Rand. I know I was already aware of Rand when news broke of her death in 1982. This suggests that I was a teenager when I initially came across the First Lady of Logic. Back then I was dimly aware that she had some dubious political views and was a hate figure to those on the left, but beyond that I knew nothing. Yet, she’s gone on to have a profound influence on me, not because I share her philosophy, but because I don’t.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

Why the relentless Halloween horror story, every year, why the midterm madness? Because Ayn Rand’s “mutant capitalism” (as Jack Bogle calls her narcissistic godless atheism) destroyed the moral foundations of Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand economics…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Thursday 30 October 2014
Dick Peterson, Brainerd Dispatch (MN)

Republican theory that only more tax breaks for the rich and more austerity for everyone else will cause more wealth to trickle down to everybody. This ideology is straight out of Ayn Rand’s “unfettered rational selfishness” economic playbook. It asserts that the wealthy business heads are the underappreciated “Atlasses” that hold up the economic world for everyone else’s benefit - including the many “moocher” parasites. This popular wealth justification theory has been tabbed as a significant cause of the recent recession and the marked increase in wealth disparity that have become dangerously corrosive to the U.S.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Pat Myers, Washington Post

…this contest for fundraising ideas proved harder than we’d expected. Perhaps it was because its inspiration, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — either donate to the cause or pour a bucket of freezing water over your head — was so odd itself. … The Ayn Rand Center: Dump a bucket of ice over someone else’s head. (Frank Osen)

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014

As we bleed to death, fat and happy millionaire Ayn Rand acolytes in government crow that America is “broke” - and of course, blame the beleaguered working class and the poor.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Jim Dey, News-Gazette (Champaign, IL)
Positive  

[Sonnet Henderson’s] interests are broad, ranging from foreign languages and archeology to traveling abroad and participating in politics. She calls herself a “libertarian” who’s been influenced by the books of Ayn Rand. But she also delves into philosophy, mentioning Sartre’s “Being and Nothingness” as one of her favorites.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014
Heather McRobie, openDemocracy

By positioning itself as an initiative that would give female employees greater ‘choice’ – American corporate culture offers up the employee perk of ‘freedom’ even as it coaxes you to spend every waking minute serving your company – the egg-freezing proposal is also laced with the pernicious and faintly Ayn Rand-ish undertones of Sheryl Sandberg’s much-discussed ‘Lean In.’ By encouraging women to ‘lean in’ the workplace, Sanberg’s manifesto placed the onus on women to modify and contort themselves to capitalism’s demands…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014

…administrators argued that UBC has “fallen behind” on international tuition rates and thus needs to catch up by scavenging more funds off international students, who already pay about four times as much as domestic students for most undergraduate programs.
The argument for increasing residence fees followed in a similar Ayn Rand-esque vein: that UBC rates are not as high as market housing rates in Vancouver and as such should be increased with no time to spare.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Greg Sargent, Washington Post
Negative  

At the American Prospect, I suggested a new slogan for Chris Christie (“Christie ‘16: Vote for me or I’ll punch you right in your stupid face”), and noted how the campaign against the Affordable Care Act has turned almost every Republican into a Randian.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014
Roger Moore, Quad-Cities Online (Moline, IL)

…beginning.“ You have to go all the way back to "Atlas Shrugged III” to find a sci-fi film promise that cringe-worthy. Rating: One and a half stars. (Roger Moore)   “What If” (PG-13, 97 min.) Call it “When…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014
David Sokol, City A.M. (London)

For the sake of our lives and our future, we must defend free enterprise. And to do so, we should look to an unusual source: a novel that was published more than 50 years ago, but which portrays a society strikingly similar to ours – a world in which government is growing, the economy is crumbling, and the rich and successful are regularly vilified as parasites.

That novel is Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. In its pages, readers will discover what created our modern world and what threatens it today. They will discover that our prosperity depends not on some invisible hand, but on the very visible productive effort of the “men of the mind” – those men and women who think and produce, who invent and create, who manage and operate the businesses that produce the many wonders of our modern world.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014