Randex

Monday 22 December 2014
Daniel W. Drezner, Washington Post

I don’t care how many times you read “Atlas Shrugged,” the truth is that most people don’t want to be entrepreneurs — and for those people, the rewards of a college education have never been greater…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Norma Lowe, Salt Lake Tribune

As for community and family values, forget it. That’s not what the GOP-NRA is all about. They’re busy defending coal and oil and worshipping Ayn Rand.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Dec 2014
Sunday 21 December 2014
Olivia Armstrong, Decider

Other titles now available: Atlas Shrugged

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Will Wilkinson, The Dish

The problem of willingly selling out to the Chinese reminded me of Ayn Rand, whose bracing moral lessons I’m sure Freddie had in the back of his mind. Rand’s finest novel, The Fountainhead, is an anti-capitalist screed about the spiritual and cultural evil of catering to market demand. Forget the problem of giving the commie censors what they want. It’s wrong to give the free market what it wants, when what it wants is aesthetically debased, which it always is. The architect hero of The Fountainhead, Howard Roark, is the ultimate in spine, the patron saint of never selling out. When one of his perfect, austere modernist buildings is bowdlerized the better to suit the public taste, he blows it up. That’s right, Howard Roark is a terrorist, a jihadi for artistic integrity. Maybe Howard Roark is the answer. Maybe can show us the way. Maybe Sony needs to feel that it is unsafe not to release The Interview.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Natasha Lomas, TechCrunch
Negative  

Uber — any business that routinely treats paying customers as users. Also shorthand for Ayn Rand. And a synonym for an online stalker

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Tom Dillon / Special to the Times-News, Times-News (Burlington, NC)

He had an early fascination with the writing of Ayn Rand, but eventually rejected Rand’s “greed is good” motto. His feeling now: “Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s how we practice capitalism that has created many of the challenges now facing humanity.” A good part of this book seems aimed at influencing other super-rich people into philanthropy like that of Turner’s.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Seth J. Frantzman, Jerusalem Post
Neutral  

Ok, so my family probably wasn’t normal: my mother was a history-buff and my father an eclectic intellectual with a wealth of knowledge. But between them I received a solid grounding in what might be considered an enlightened and progressive worldview. Later I felt as versed in the views of John Locke and Ayn Rand as I did in those of Karl Marx.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Saturday 20 December 2014
Andrew Anthony, The Guardian (London)

Kalanick, who thinks Ayn Rand’s libertarian novel The Fountainhead is “an awesome” book, may talk like a surfer but he thinks like a salesman. Legend has it that he discovered what he wanted to sell on a wintry night in Paris in 2008, when he and his Uber cofounder Garrett Camp couldn’t find a cab.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Dec 2014
Carol Christian, Houston Chronicle
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Joseph Walker, 33, who said he lives in a Houston-area suburb, spent about two hours Saturday afternoon on the shopping center sidewalk, wearing an AK 47 Yugoslavian “underfold” assault rifle across his chest and holding a cardboard sign with the words, “Who is John Galt?”

The question, which appears multiple times in Ayn Rand’s novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” is associated with opposition to taxation and with the Tea Party.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
William Bibbiani, Crave Online
Neutral  

…what the hell is Santa Claws? Is it the new epically bad Christmas movie this generation of ironic moviegoers have been searching for? Or is it just a movie in which kittens push Christmas presents around and espouse the philosophies of Ayn Rand? Then again, is there any difference?

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Ronnie Ellis, Glasgow Daily Times

Is it enough that for one fortnight a year, those who idolize Ayn Rand and her “virtue of selfishness,” which says concern for others is folly and useless, feel better about themselves by dropping a dollar bill into a Salvation Army bucket while cursing under their breath the traffic or the crowds at the department store? (It still befuddles me how some self-proclaimed Christian politicians worship the ideology of a woman who ridiculed Christianity and banned its followers from her circle.)

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Ari Armstrong, The Objective Standard

Among the many absurdities in Jonathan Coppage’s recent article for The American Conservative, “The End of Ownership and the Obsolescence of Ayn Rand,” is Coppage’s claim that Rand no longer matters because the producers of physical goods no longer matter. Rand “doesn’t matter,” writes Coppage, because she “is an artifact of the industrial age, when Hank Rearden could smelt his steel with manly independence and grant himself delusions of standing apart from and above the world as a ‘maker.’”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014