Randex

Thursday 02 October 2014
Will Oremus, Slate
Negative  

I’m not here to defend Uber against all charges of shady dealings. CEO Travis Kalanick is a ruthless Randian with a penchant for fighting dirty. And to the extent that Uber is becoming an integral part of some cities’ transportation systems, there’s a legitimate concern that we risk replacing essential public infrastructure with a private service that prices out the poor.
But that sort of thoughtful critique requires you to draw a distinction between monopolistic price gouging and everyday price signaling…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Alastair Gordon, Sarasota

In a CAD rendering for one new tower, a single heroic figure wearing a white linen suit stands in silhouette on a cantilevered balcony, sipping a mojito and watching the sunset over Biscayne Bay. He is the Architect, the new Howard Roark, oblivious and unaware of the rising waters and social unrest brewing down below. Within this sunny, plenoptic Fountainhead, the moody charcoal chiaroscuro that Hugh Ferriss popularized in his Depression-era renderings of a future New York has been replaced by a shadowless empire awash in waves of translucent blue pixels.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
akadjian, Daily Kos

Radical Republicans own the party and are pursuing a Galt’s Gulch-like “utopia” first sketched out by extremists like Ayn Rand. Governor Sam Brownback is one of several Republican governors trying…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Manny Montes, The Union (Grass Valley, CA)

Mr. Hurley attempts to make the case for a middle ground between individualism, conflating it as solitary, or as others do, selfish, and on the other hand, communism. He proceeds to quote Ayn Rand, and suggest she slept during her science classes because she apparently was not aware of the zoological division of species into two broad species, 80 percent in the solitary category, and 20 percent in the social category, man included in this category.

Whether Ms. Rand slept or not is neither here nor there. What is significant…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Wednesday 01 October 2014
Frank Jacobs, Big Think

Ayn Rand almost called her last novel The Strike, but felt that her magnum opus deserved a more symbolic, less descriptive title. She settled on Atlas Shrugged, as explained by this conversation between two of the book’s characters: “Mr. Rearden,” said Francisco, his voice solemnly calm…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Laurie Rice, Foundation for Economic Education

Ayn Rand’s monograph “Textbook of Americanism,” newly published on FEE.org, is virtually unknown. Written during a decisive turning point in history, it was delivered by Rand personally to FEE’s founder Leonard Read in 1946. The monograph represents Rand’s desire to draw stark lines between an emerging postwar collectivism and the individualism she believed built America. She joined others in pointing out that collectivism had wrought the horrors the world had just endured.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Lauren Daley, Huffington Post

On his Sept. 28 show he asked: “Ayn Rand: How is She Still a Thing?” The segment showed a few clips of Rand talking about classic Rand topics – “Why is it good to want others to be happy?” – followed by a clip of the 1949 film adaptation of The Fountainhead, where an angst-filled Howard Roark, (Gary Cooper) erupts: “My work done my way! Nothing else matters to me!”
Rand’s heroes, as the voiceover says, complain about how no one appreciates their true genius, adding: “And if that reminds you of anyone, it’s probably someone like this.”

Insert clip of a whining girl on My Super Sweet Sixteen.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Oct 2014
Nellie Bowles, Re/code

Damania said there’s a tendency to say the suicides were just a fluke or a coincidence, but that they’re actually a fundamental problem with entrepreneurship.

“It’s a symptom of this performance,” he said.

It’s part of an ultra-individualistic, stoic ethos similar to one espoused by philosopher Ayn Rand.

“Founders are the worst,” he said. “There’s a Randian — I must be the John Galt — feeling. You can be as liberated as you want, but there’s a web of connectivity, and they forget.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Oct 2014
Mat Catastrophe, City Paper (Charelston, SC)
Negative  

Much is made of Uber founder Travis Kalanick’s supposed love for Ayn Rand and the tenets of libertarianism she espoused. Mr. Kalanick, though, is no libertarian. If he were, he would have created an app that placed the power directly in the hands of the riders and drivers. Instead, he created yet another corporation with a strong, charismatic leader at its head and a public relations department devoted to spitting out enough doublespeak that the consumer is simply unable to make an informed decision. That is not libertarianism, that is American corporatism.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Oct 2014
The Daily Times (Delware County, PA)

It sounds like “Cato” is just regurgitating Ayn Rand’s drivel in their latest Sound Off, which is nothing more than a justification for being greedy. What’s funny is that “Cato” has called in stuff about traditional values too, but these two things don’t go together, because traditional American values would say to help your fellow man out, not be greedy like something out of “Atlas Shrugged.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Nicholas C. Arguimbau, thepeoplesvoice.org
Negative  

…the Republican Party, which as a practical matter is the controlling party today, “is divided between the ‘hope America fails’ Republicans, who appear to actively want joblessness to rise to seek political gain, and the radical Republicans who adore Ayn Rand, like Paul and Ryan, who favor extremist economic policies that would make America fail .” Budowsky…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Fred McKissack, The Progressive

According to the UNCF, $18.5 million of the grant will go to fund “scholarships at the undergraduate and graduate levels and is focused on how entrepreneurship, economics, and innovation contribute to well-being for individuals, communities, and society.”

In other words, the grant will help nurture more Libertarian, free-market, anti-government, Ayn Rand acolytes.

These scholarship winners will find the doors open to them in the rightwing think tanks and lobbying groups the Kochs also fund. The Kochs are making a smart investment by helping to raise a cadre of libertarians of color.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014