The Herald (Glasgow)
Carswell is - or was, until last Thursday morning - a certain kind of Conservative. He’s a fan of the unnervingly inept Russian-American cod-philosophical novelist Ayn Rand. There’s nothing about the European Union he likes, but he does like to doubt that humankind has anything to do with climate change.
Dallas Observer - Unfair Park
Income inequality, Fiorina and others said, was the fault of government bureaucracy and over-regulation. Taxes are too high, too progressive, even in Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas, states utterly dominated by movement conservatives. The free market will drag people out of poverty, and objectivism will save us all.
Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon, IL)
Greenspan, a disciple of the radical “free market” novelist and thinker Ayn Rand, pushed for a major increase in the payroll tax — a tax legally bound to be used solely to fund Social Security and Medicare — so that baby boomers, who represent a bulge in the U.S. population, could “prepay” their retirement security. In fact, the money was diverted.
Transition and discovery is the marrow of life. It is overwhelming, sometimes exhausting, and often exhilarating; without it we are bored, predictable, listless and underwhelmed. In the words of Ayn Rand in The Voice of Reason, “Don’t ever give up what you want in life. The struggle is worth it.”
… rattled users even more. They called Wales to task, saying things like, “Sorry Jimbo, but the only religious dogma I see here is your conviction that the future involves [MediaViewer] enabled universally and by default”, and “Stop thinking like Ayn Rand or whoever on LSD and begin living in the real world"…
- Selflessness is vile. From libertarian avatar and prophet Ayn Rand: “The man who attempts to live for others is a dependent. He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves.”
Aid workers. Doctors Without Borders. Gandhi. Martin Luther King Jr. Mother Teresa. In this libertarian view, all of them are “parasites” who make parasites of those they serve—because, of course, the free market would eventually eliminate poverty. (Never mind the millions who would starve in the meantime.)
Not only are these good people “parasites” in this libertarian view, they are deliberately parasitical (“in motive”). They lack the nobility of character needed to act purely out of self-interest, like the murderer Ayn Rand so admired.
At Bayonne High School, senior honors students are instructed to read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, a 700-page philosophical novel of individualism…
Des Moines Register (IA)
9 p.m. ATLAS SHRUGGED, MOVIE— Atlas visits a chiropractor who tells him his neck is so tight “it’s like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders.”
Star Press (Muncie, IN)
No amount of college reading is sufficient to fully form a mind and it is as easy to critically read a Marxist tome as a Randian one. Moreover, I am not sure an overtly leftist reading list wouldn’t backfire. After all, there are lots of alluring distractions on campus…