Friday 28 November 2014
Paul Wallis, Digital Journal

The budget spending blowout which caused the stringent 2014 budget was heavily criticized by ABC’s in house and guest experts. The Liberals seem to have forgotten that. ABC’s financial experts questioned whether there was an actual crisis and whether a budget surplus justified Labor’s bizarre fiscal Kama Sutra. Perhaps that was too technical for the vacuous conservative think tanks. The subhuman culture of Ayn Rand mutual grovelling isn’t usually too strong on actual fact analysis.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Vlad Savov, The Verge
Mixed   Capitalism  

What the European Parliament is proposing sounds like Ayn Rand’s worst nightmare. Let’s take Google, one of the best and most cohesive set of web services we have, and fragment it into smaller businesses. Let’s introduce friction and bureaucracy between the various parts so that lesser companies with worse products can have a chance to compete. It feels like a classic case of over-regulation — penalizing a successful company for the crime of being better than everyone else — however its fundamental premise is not wrong: Google is too powerful. … The Randian nightmare scenario of Google having to break up is unlikely to ever come to pass, but the company does need to change.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Līvija Dūmiņa, Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze

Aina Renda (Ayn Rand, 1905–1982) ir Krievijā dzimusi ebreju izcelsmes amerikāņu rakstniece, domātāja, objektīvisma filozofijas iedibinātāja. Otrs viņas pazīstamākais romāns ir Atlants paraustīja plecus (Atlas Shrugged, 1957). Romānu The Fountainhead dēvē par Eiropas arhitektu Bībeli un individuālisma himnu. Tas ir filozofisks darbs, kurā autore izvērš individuālisma un kolektīvisma konfliktu, un nav runa tikai par iekšējās brīvības jautājumiem, bet arī par politiku.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Roger Moore, Quad-Cities Online (Moline, IL)

“The Maze Runner” (PG-13, 112 min.) The resolution to this puzzle is so botched it’s insulting, as if they’re daring us to laugh at the notion that this is merely “the beginning.” You have to go all the way back to “Atlas Shrugged III” to find a sci-fi film promise that cringe-worthy. Rating: One and a half stars.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Nov 2014
Thursday 27 November 2014
Benjamin A. Gochberg, Vail Daily (CO)

There’s a belief that through the individual incentives within a capitalist system, that the macro economy could grow indefinitely through specialization. Ayn Rand and Adam Smith both claimed that when people work through their own rational self-interest, the economy grows as a whole through competitive means. Is it true? Yes — sort of. There are two reasons why capitalism could potentially fail in the long-term, and yes, I’m trying to get back to those big-picture problems aforementioned.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014
Ryan Ratkiewicz, Post Independent (Glenwood Springs, CO)

…it is safe to say that the “freedom” Mr. Talbott really cares about is economic in nature, so long as he directly benefits. The Randian freshwater economic policies that I suspect he ascribes to are directly responsible for creating massive income inequality in this country, often forcing two parents to work in order to make ends meet, or even giving one parent the “freedom” to work multiple jobs. These laissez-faire policies also give “freedoms” to insurance companies and hospitals to charge you outrageous sums of money, because “How much are you willing to pay to live?” is what makes maximum profit possible.

The world has changed, Mr. Talbott.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014
Milad Doroudian, Jewish Journal

Yaron Brooks, the Israeli-American president of the Ayn Rand Institute has become one of the main propagators of the ideals of Objectivism, and the ideas of the ‘individual’ within the Israeli state. Yet, I fear that although Atlas Shrugged sales are soaring, not enough people are hearing the message it has been propagating for the last 50 years: the importance of individualism, especially today when collectivism, and “groupthink” is becoming increasingly prevalent.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014
Ruth Conniff, The Progressive

…sweep by rightwing Republicans that propelled Ayn Rand acolytes Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson into powerful committee chairs, and union-busting governor Scott Walker to his third victory…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
J.F. Sargent, Cracked.com

May contain references to 9/11 trutherism, books by Ayn Rand, or the phrase “fight terror with terror,” even though this movie is set in space.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014

Rand’s characters seek love, yes–but only the love of their fellow enlightened equals, and hold up as a moral duty the contempt which is owed those who refuse to accomplish their own self-realization. There is love in Rand’s fiction, yes, but only for the deserving; whereas the core of the Christian revelation is precisely that no one deserves love, and yet it is freely showered upon us. And this is exactly why Rand, who knew this as well as anybody, explicitly despised Christian altruism so deeply.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014
Wednesday 26 November 2014

Steve Simpson, a constitutional attorney and Director of Legal Studies at the California-based Ayn Rand Institute, recently spoke at a dinner in Colorado about cronyism & corruption in our system of government. Simpson has argued several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court including issues of eminent domain, SUPER Pacs & public financing laws. This was part of the Hungry Minds Speakers Series.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Milad Doroudian, Epoch Times

The person who justifies himself through his peers is not in fact doing something to please himself or his own happiness, rather the happiness of his peers. This is as Ayn Rand has said, morally inexcusable, and plain evil.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014