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Friday 21 November 2014
Gideon Haigh, The Australian
Neutral  

Srinivasan and Raman have earned support at the BCCI by wringing extra cash from the ICC; the latter was, among other things, chief draftsman of the restructuring’s working paper, a document replete with MBA jargon and pervaded by logic to make Ayn Rand look like a bleeding heart.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Matt Reed, Inside Higher Ed
Neutral  

As far as I know – and I’m open to correction on this – ECMC has not allied itself with any particular pedagogical movement or philosophy. This isn’t Founders College, the short-lived attempt to base a college on the writings of Ayn Rand. If it doesn’t have a profit motive, or a religious motive, or a philosophical motive, or a pedagogical motive, what is it trying to achieve?

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Sarah Burke, East Bay Express (Emeryville, CA)

Ortberg draws from well-known literary figures and books (Jane Eyre, obvs., along with Sherlock Holmes, Atlas Shrugged, The Hunger Games)…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Baradwaj Rangan, The Hindu (India)

It’s impossible not to be blown away by lines like “You were caught in the crossfire of childhood and stardom, blown on the steel breeze.” Today you may think… uh, childhood and stardom? Steel breeze? But then, today, you are also embarrassed you took life lessons from a seagull and that the answer to the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question was Howard Roark.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Gillian Tett, Financial Times (London)

“Gold is a currency. It is still, by all evidence, a premier currency. No fiat currency, including the dollar, can match it.”
Now, by many standards, this is a remarkable comment. In his youth Greenspan was fascinated by gold (not least because he also liked the writings of Ayn Rand, the libertarian). But for much of his career as chairman of the Fed, he was charged with defending the value of fiat currencies…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Adam Lee, Patheos

As I’ve always said (and I like to think Ayn Rand would agree), calling something “valuable” implies an answer to two questions: valuable to whom and for what? Value can only exist in relation to a purpose, and purpose in relation to a mind.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Nov 2014
Thursday 20 November 2014
William Bibbiani, ComingSoon.net

Spanning three films from 2012-2014, the Atlas Shrugged motion picture trilogy was widely panned for its low production values and frequently amateurish performances. But its message was also polarizing, casting industrialists as infallible heroes and government officials as driveling, power-mad villains with indefensible socialist agendas and dorky names like “Wesley Mouch.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Nov 2014
Donna Dickens, HitFix
Neutral  

The message from Ella’s mother in “Cinderella” is to have kindness even in the face of overwhelming cruelty. Wow lady. Way to set your daughter up for a lifetime of being a stepped on. I’m not saying everyone should run out and start their own Randian “Every woman for herself” fiefdom, but there’s a huge difference between “kindness” and “doormat.” Ella falls solidly into the latter category. Telling girls to suck it up even when they’re being treated like garbage is morally reprehensible.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Nov 2014
Craig Barnes, The Moderate Voice

…of the aristocrats is wrong. No one is alone. Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan and John Roberts who think that the free market gives the right to abandon the search for the common good, for equal dignity…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Nov 2014
Neutral
Michelle Dean, Rolling Stone

Being dubious about power is not merely the province of right-wing libertarians. (Salon’s film critic, Andrew O'Hehir, has suggested that Hunger Games, however inadvertently, represents a sort of Tea Party view of the world.) But the individualism Arya and Katniss represent is not philosophical. It was not acquired from reading the collected works of Ayn Rand or the speeches of Rand Paul. It’s the province of every woman who did not report a sexual assault because she knew she would not be believed.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Nov 2014
Michael Tennant, The New American

…who has been accused of being a budget slasher and Ayn Rand acolyte, also spoke in favor of the tax hike, declaring himself “a proud supporter of this legislation.” He stumped for exempting the bill from…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Nov 2014
Rob Levey, Union Leader (NH)
Neutral  

…into a dress at the end of the performance that Ayn Rand may have worn in the 1980s,” he said. “Some people may be disturbed by pale white skin.”In returning to New Hampshire to perform, the…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Nov 2014