Randex

Saturday 30 August 2014
Ian Bell, 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.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Aug 2014
Stephen Young, 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.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Dan Hagen, 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.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014
Heather Martin, Huffington Post

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.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Gregory Kohs, The Examiner

… 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"…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014
Richard Eskow, AlterNet
  1. 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.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Jessica Sulima, Hudson Reporter

At Bayonne High School, senior honors students are instructed to read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, a 700-page philosophical novel of individualism…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Aug 2014
Daniel P. Finney, 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.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Michael Hicks, 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…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Friday 29 August 2014
Rob O'Connor, Yahoo! Music
Rush  

“Working Man,” Rush. This was clearly before Neil Peart, “Ayn Rand to the courtesy counter,” took over the group’s lyrical concerns. It has since became a concert fave…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014
Greg Sargent, Washington Post

…just about everything Paul Ryan has stood for over his entire career, from the budgets slashing the safety net to his old habit of making everyone in his office read “Atlas Shrugged.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014
David Robert Grimes, The Guardian (London)

The ruthlessly individualist philosophy fetishised by the modern disciplines of Ayn Rand conveniently ignores the fact that humans do not exist in a vacuum, and that individual actions often have consequences for all. The mantra that profit is a panacea for everything and that personal rights trump collective good is frequently misguided and potentially disastrous.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014