Randex

Saturday 27 September 2014
Fred Lucas, TheBlaze
Rand Paul   Neutral  

Divisions between core conservatism and libertarianism can be traced back to the rift between William F. Buckley and Ayn Rand. But tensions seem to have cooled in recent years, chiefly because both camps found a common enemy with the increased growth of the federal government.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 2014
Brian Hutchinson, National Post (Toronto)

…Berwick and two partners called their community Galt’s Gulch Chile (GGC), a nod to that freedom-seeking character and enclave depicted in Atlas Shrugged, the classic libertarian novel by Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2014
Derek Voll, Beloit Daily News (WI)

…if you can and convince them that the fictional Ayn Rand nonsense Mr. Ryan tries to force on us is mean spirited, counterproductive and will never work.  We the…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 2014
Jeremy Salt, Middle East Eye

The rugged individual was the counterpoise to the strength of the collective, playing out ideologically in the struggle between capitalism and communism, politically between the U.S. and the USSR and culturally through the fables of the Old West and the novels of Ayn Rand. In the 1980s, Spencer’s thinking resurfaced in Margaret Thatcher’s remark that “there is no such thing as society” but only the individual…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 2014
Arturo Desimone, openDemocracy
Negative  

The boycott needs to address the state and use the state, or it is colluding with the neoliberal belief in the “minarchism” or neoliberal minimal and impotent state that Ayn Rand stood for, and whose arguments Milton Friedman echoed in his watered down extractions, his fake statistics and fake models. Use the state. This is the position of a leftist, not a right wing anarchist: let us use the state, while we have it as a weapon.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 2014
G. Scott Deshefy, Norwich Bulletin (CT)
Negative  

That paradox of worsening inequality and market crisis must dumbfound Libertarians who live in Ayn Rand-Milton Friedman fairylands, where the irresponsible market behaviors of a few shouldn’t influence the rest of us.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 2014
Friday 26 September 2014
Rebecca Pahle, The Mary Sue

The Boxtrolls got in on the social commentary action as well. It’s big into self-determination, but not in a gross Ayn Rand way. Instead, the movie teaches that you have the power to determine what sort of person you are.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2014
David S. Cohen, Yahoo! Sports

Unlike one old-time Phillies player - who, when asked on a survey to name his favorite book, replied: “I’ve never read a book” - Rolen is on a mission to read the world’s greatest literature. He has spent months plowing through Ayn Rand’s 1,200-page Atlas Shrugged.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2014
David Hare, The Guardian (London)

The political class of SW1, its nose still stuck in the un-British ramblings of Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman, has lost all touch with the needs and interests of the people it affects to serve.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2014
Ann Imperatore, The Real Deal
  1. Building Stories: Fountainhead (1949). Based on the book by Ayn Rand of the same name, the whole film centers around an architect named Howard Roark, played by Gary Cooper, who is ambitious but wants to be sure he isn’t forced to sell out on his design aesthetic.
Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2014
Emma Roller, National Journal
Rand Paul  

At his speech to the conservative Values Voter Summit on Friday, Sen. Rand Paul made a somewhat obscure literary reference. And no, it wasn’t Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2014
Adam Lee, Patheos

…Rand has one standard of morality for her protagonists and a different one for everyone else. If you love capitalism enough, your desires reign supreme and you’re entitled to do anything you want to have your own way. If you don’t, your desires are irrelevant and any attempt to get your own way is just further proof of your irredeemable evil.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2014