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.
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.
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.
…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…
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.
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.