Randex

Monday 29 September 2014
WhatCulture!
BioShock   Neutral  

…on more diverse sources than dumb action movies (Ayn Rand in the first game, the dark beginnings of American history in Infinite) and featured some pretty gnarly plot twists along the way. You might…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Sep 2014
Sunday 28 September 2014
Joel Dietz, CoinTelegraph
Neutral  

Something like a Randian soap opera, the Federal Reserve apparently operates on a consensus model where anyone who disagrees with what currently is going on is pushed aside.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Sep 2014
Colleen Barrett, Refinery29

Why would anyone just battle evil forces for free? Because it’s good and right and they were chosen by fate itself? No, no, no. That’s what Ayn Rand, author of The Fountainhead (a capitalist manifesto disguised as a novel), would say if she came back from the dead, kidnapped Joss Whedon, and rewrote Buffy The Vampire Slayer from inside his body. We can’t even imagine what she’d charge for that.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Sep 2014
Mallory Ortberg, The Toast
Capitalism   Satire   Negative  

BUFFY: My shoulders are naked and I am drenched in the blood of my enemies. You are my physical and mental equal. I wish to express my respect for you in the physical embodiment of my ideals: the act of love. Let us have sex now.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Sep 2014
Thomas Frank, Salon

[A:] Now, in terms of this deregulation, I mean, one of the great magazine covers in history is the picture — who was it? [Q:] Is it the three musketeers: Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers? [A:] Saving the world. [Q:] Yes! Classic! [A:] Right. That was one of the great covers of all time, because it tells you pretty much all you need to know about politics. You had Alan Greenspan, who to his credit is an Ayn Rand acolyte. On YouTube someplace there is some dialogue I had with Greenspan which has gotten a zillion viewers, about deregulation. I took him on and questioned him about the impact of deregulation. And he said “No, it’s not gonna… ” You know, all these things he was wrong about. I asked him, I said, “I listened to what you say and it sounds to me like you might not even believe in the concept of the minimum wage.” And he said, “Yeah.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Sep 2014
Michael Strand, Salina Journal (KS)

…just as there are multiple interpretations of the Bible, Burk said, atheists can’t really claim the environmental high ground, with individualist icon Ayn Rand and Marxist-Leninists treating the earth’s resources only in terms of short-term gain.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Sep 2014
Saturday 27 September 2014
Negative  

Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg adds to her ongoing alt-history series of movies, books and TV shows penned by Objectivist Ayn Rand (previously). The results are characteristically superb.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 2014