Randex

Tuesday 25 November 2014
Rmuse, PoliticsUSA

If Americans recall, it was the CBO that projected Ayn Rand devotee Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget would explode the nation’s deficit, crush economic growth, kill jobs, and starve the federal government of revenue. The Ayn Rand-Koch brother disciple has been thwarted often by the “unbiased” non-partisan CBO for nearly four years and he is taking steps to neuter them once and for all.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Ben Popper, The Verge

Cuban, like so many successful businessmen, is a devotee of Ayn Rand and her writings on Objectivism. He has often argued for the purest form of laissez-faire capitalism, in which the best ideas and execution win out, free from onerous government rules and regulations. Net neutrality, he assures us, would enrage Rand and will ruin the internet, just like government intervention wrecked the railroads.

But here’s the thing: our internet service providers don’t exist in a true free market. … Net neutrality has always been about preventing rich incumbents from stomping out new ideas. It’s actually about fostering just the kind of world Cuban and Rand claim to love.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Lily Bethlehem, Jewish Business News

When Mark Cuban hates, he hates hard. I don’t mean to quote Walt Whitman in the context of Mark Cuban (forgive me Walt) but he would sound his barbaric yawp over the rooftops of anyone he considers pathetic. Which is about anyone.

After bragging about how great it is to be a billionaire to his luxurious yacht named Fountainhead after the novel by that priestess of compassion, Ayn Rand (‘To say I love you, you must first say I)

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Janet Allon, AlterNet

“…in Congress still insist that we’re living in an  Ayn Rand novel; German officials still insist that the problem is that debtors haven’t suffered enough.” Not a lot of reason for optimism…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Monday 24 November 2014
New York Magazine
Image   Negative  

Ayn Rand, misquoted as a feminist, now featured on belly t-shirts for teenage girls.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Nov 2014
Paul Krugman, New York Times

…one of the most striking aspects of economic debate in recent years has been the extent to which those whose economic doctrines have failed the reality test refuse to admit error, let alone learn from it. The intellectual leaders of the new majority in Congress still insist that we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel; German officials still insist that the problem is that debtors haven’t suffered enough.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014
Mike Rivage-Seul, OpEdNews

We’re getting involved with a powerful group of local activists, “Kentuckians for the Commonwealth” (KFTC). We attend the group’s meetings each month and have volunteered for KFTC activities like voter registration and mobilization. Additionally, students have been researching burning issues including the war in Ukraine, the conflict in Palestine, voter suppression, police militarization, and the philosophy of Ayn Rand. All of that has discussing the purpose of government.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014

…with Democrats. This was despite his extremist Ayn Rand philosophy and his penchant for fudging numbers and misleading statistics. Over time it became clear that he was a flim-flam artist and his…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Alice Hines, New York Magazine
Capitalism   Mixed  

…while most people today are warier of Wall Street, the premise of women’s empowerment via capitalism remains largely unquestioned. As the Cut recently observed, Ayn Rand, ardent anti-feminist during her lifetime, has become a mass-market girl-power icon, her quotes appearing on Brandy Melville crop tops and Lululemon tote bags.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Tom Foremski, ZDNet
Negative  

Corporate Social Responsibility was important because it was important to the software engineering community. It was essential in recruiting the best engineers. A company bus and a company lunch didn’t cut it with that generation of coders. Today’s Silicon Valley culture is dominated by a peculiar amorality, a narcissism that claims Ayn Rand for its aspirations, even though few have read her books or even their dust jackets. It’s as if everyone has forgotten, “What the right thing to do is.” And Google has worked hard to play down its “Don’t be evil” rule.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Nov 2014
BC Pires, The Guardian (Port-of-Spain)
Atheism   Mixed  

My name is Princess Simone Donelan and the film I co-produced, Dubois, won the last Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival Best Local Short Film Jury Prize. … Pedro Almodovar is my favourite filmmaker. Ayn Rand was a favourite author until I learnt she thinks God doesn’t exist.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Nov 2014
Simon Munk, The Arts Desk (London)
BioShock   Negative  

…Bioshock crafted a ruined art deco Steampunk underwater city, populated by Ayn Rand fanatics allowed to take their ideology to its logical end.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Nov 2014