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.
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.
…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.
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.
And for something completely different: Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies.
SPEED READ: … “Ayn Rand reviews children’s movies,” as imagined by Mallory Ortberg for The New Yorker
Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
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.”
The New Yorker
“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.
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.
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 .