Randex

Wednesday 26 November 2014
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times
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College football is a divide-and-conquer operation. Its patron saint should be Ayn Rand.

If the have-nots don’t like the status quo, they have to file antitrust lawsuits.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Negative  

…Oliver has a more frenetic style and a greater sense of the absurd. His YouTube videos, which receive millions of hits, bear this out. For example, check out his show’s “Why Is This Still a Thing?” segments on YouTube. In less than three minutes, the Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning comic skewers everything from Columbus Day to Ayn Rand to net neutrality.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2014

In establishing her now well-known beliefs in governmental systems, Ayn Rand had the benefit of having observed the entire progression from a relatively benign monarchical system to totalitarianism. As a result, she not only learned that political leaders can be deceitful in their claims for social improvement, she also learned, first hand, that those leaders (and/or hopeful leaders) who promise that they are going to change the system in such a way that everyone will “have all they need,” are the most deceitful of all.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Ruth Conniff, Isthmus (Madison, WI)

It’s beginning to look a lot like old times. Except nowadays, Wisconsin is on the leading edge of the attack on workers and civil society, slashing aid to the poor, and exporting Ayn Rand protégés to Washington.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Folio

[Q:] What books fetch the most money, in your experience?

[A:] On a consistent basis, first editions and leather-bound books. To Kill a Mockingbird is really hard to find in leather. Atlas Shrugged and all the Ayn Rands are hard to find [in leather].

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014

Conservatives shouldn’t have to settle for the choice between being the party of John Galt or liberalism-lite. And the public shouldn’t have to settle for the choice between economic hardship or big-government policies. The alternative to both dilemmas is a robust conservative policy agenda that takes seriously the economic concerns of most voters and applies conservative principles to them.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Richard Voss, Kansas City Star (MO)

The anti-government extremists who have taken over the government of Kansas have dug the state into a black hole of education cuts, reduced essential services and increased borrowing costs for the taxpayers. … Perhaps the downward spiral of Brownback’s economic experiment will turn around, but it’s likely to require the ghost of Ayn Rand to spread “Free Market Pixie Dust” across our state.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014

…every family was assigned its own parcel of land to farm, “this had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.”

This all sounds very Randian, but the story is not quite the free-market folktale that its boosters would have you believe.

Communal farming arrangements were common in the pilgrims’ day.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn

…though Peter is one of Silicon Valley’s most well-known libertarians, he encourages founders and would-be founders not to fall into delusions of Randian self-sufficiency. “There is no Galt’s Gulch,” he advises, evoking the hero of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged. “There is no secession from society….The single greatest danger for a founder is to become so certain of his own myth that he loses his mind.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Fabius Maximus

…Rand Paul, advocates more tax cuts for the rich, more benefit cuts for the bottom 80% (including stripping away the access to affordable health care gained from ObamaCare). Police and the security services are silent partners in the program. Think of them as partners in the program. It’s a hidden codicil to Atlas Shrugged.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
John Stoehr, Newsweek
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Obama’s first term was hobbled by an effective strategy of massive resistance devised by McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and a handful of Ayn Rand-John Birch Society billionaires who financed and built what later became the Tea Party.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Nov 2014
Daniel Duarte, PanAm Post

…Alberto Benegas Lynch.

If in the Anglo-Saxon libertarian world it is cliche to say “it all started with Ayn Rand,” the same is true for a large portion of young Latin Americans whose paths toward liberty were inspired by the work of this Argentinean economist.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014