“When you see that men get richer by graft and pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you. When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed.“ - Ayn Rand.
San Jose Mercury News
…tech industry labs and cubicles where creative energy and Ayn Rand individualism reign. The social problems that are accelerating in this century are easy to make invisible when there is enough wealth to shut…
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
“That was just a minimal portion” of the offense,“ said Snyder, whose systems are famously complex, and whose playbooks are known to be roughly as thick as "Atlas Shrugged.”
New York Times - Op-Talk
Over at Gawker, Hamilton Nolan had harsher words for Mr. Barro and fellow recliners.
“Yes, you could recline your seat, legally; but that would make you a selfish, antisocial monster,” Mr. Nolan writes. He also calls Mr. Barro “a particularly odious form of Randian egoist.”
Right now, my list of 10 books includes only four books (Vikram Seth’s Golden Gate, Bridges of Madison County, Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead and The French Lieutenant’s woman by John Fowles) that I read in my college days with the rest being ones that I read in the last four to five years.
If Karl Marx represents the extreme left, Ayn Rand is the messiah of the extreme right-wing ideology that many believe is barbaric and evil - Objectivism. Marxism and Objectivism need to both become perjoratives that will help voters make a quick judgement on a prospective elected official. Objectivism is not an obscure notion that can easily be discarded. It is at the core of Reagan’s trickle-down economics, the economic system that has been in place for 34 years and ruined the lifestyle of the middle-class. This is serious.