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Saturday 20 December 2014
Winthrop Quigley, Albuquerque Journal

“Maybe only those who see themselves as part of the civic community vote,” Rudd replied. “Everybody else might as well be a John Galt individualist.” He senses the nation has lost hope in its future. “There is almost total confusion on what this country stands for,” Rudd said.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
Stuart Heritage, The Guardian (London)

The story behind the Atlas Shrugged movies is one of such towering hubris and misfired ambition that it probably stands as history’s most perfect counterpoint to anything Ayn Rand ever wrote. A Kickstarter-funded sequel starring none of the previous instalment’s cast (none of whom appeared in the first instalment) and directed by a man with a single episode of Nash Bridges to his name.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Dec 2014
Friday 19 December 2014
Houston Chronicle

With the days dwindling down on his 14-year-long tenure in the Governor’s Mansion, Rick Perry, biblical exegete and possible future president, recently summoned a formidable ally to buttress his belief that government really has no responsibility to help the poor among us. He didn’t call on the late Milton Friedman or Charles Murray or the writer Ayn Rand or any number of conservative economic theorists available to him, including those who’ve been tutoring him lately as he prepares for a presidential campaign. Instead, the governor went to Jesus.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Jason Easley, PoliticsUSA

It appears that Harry Reid promoted Sanders to the budget committee for the purpose of taking on Paul Ryan and the other Ayn Rand followers who are dreaming of killing beloved and needed social programs.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Zachary Houle, PopMatters
Negative  

…the members of the Gallop seem like good guys. During “Heart Rate”, the following is sung: “I’m calling bullshit on survival of the fittest / It doesn’t make any sense when we could love one another.” Ayn Rand disciples might want to look away from this one.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Sheila Wilensky, Arizona Jewish Post

Soon after Metz and his wife, Linda Schulman-Metz, arrived here, he jumped into the local theater scene. “I’ve directed more than 160 plays,” he told the AJP. “My first acting experience was starring in ‘Hansel and Gretel’ in Chicago when I was 6. I was always a performer. As a teenager I sang in a folk group. I loved being on stage. My first professional performance was in “Night of January 16” by Ayn Rand in 1961.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Jaime Fuller, Washington Post
Neutral  

And for something completely different: Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Dec 2014
Leigh Munsil, Politico
Neutral  

SPEED READ: … “Ayn Rand reviews children’s movies,” as imagined by Mallory Ortberg for The New Yorker

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Dec 2014
Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
Negative  

SUCKER PUNCH (Zack Snyder; 2011) “[A] spectacular flop of fancy, mind-blowingly empty in its dream/reality-blurring plot, which is about as profound as if an eight-year-old Ayn Rand wrote Inception. The moral of this gothic fairy-tale/fantasy-quest/girl-power-action mash-up turns out to be super-American, individual godliness: “It’s you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Dec 2014
Mallory Ortberg, The New Yorker
Altruism   Satire   Negative   Image   Capitalism  

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. —No stars.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Dec 2014
Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, NS)

Andrew R. Cobb did not follow this path, first blazed by Frank Lloyd Wright and celebrated by Ayn Rand in her bestselling 1943 novel The Fountainhead. Instead, Cobb served his clients’ need for attractive, practical and livable buildings.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014
Peter Schwartz, Washington Post

Some people lament the secularization and commercialization of Christmas; I applaud it. I’m glad that most of us don’t spend it huddled in penance, praying for redemption and renouncing the pleasures of this Earth. Instead, at Christmas, people embrace those pleasures and rejoice in life — very much in line with the ethics of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy .

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Dec 2014