Wednesday 29 October 2014
Ian DeMartino, CoinTelegraph

A quick note for the John Galt lovers out there: You may argue that the west’s current system is not true capitalism, and is more akin or mercantilism-capitalism hybrid, or “crony capitalism”. You would be correct, just as the communist proponents are when they say the same thing about Stalinism. I would refer you again to the Bill Parcells quote, you are what your record says you are. Additionally, something close to laissez faire economics was tried near the end of the 18th century, its reality was not bright for the workers who lived during it, and no amount of Ayn Rand novels will change that.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Paul Davis, American Banker

Allison is set release his second book — “The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure” — next month. The 210-page book, which he began conceptualizing at least six years ago, argues that capitalism is critical to creating new ideas and attracting visionaries to important leadership posts. Allison also shares the story of how he built BB&T into one of the nation’s biggest financial institutions over his 20 years at the helm.

His thesis dovetails with his already well-known views. Allison, a self-described Ayn Rand enthusiast, used his first book to assert that free markets were the solution to avoiding another financial meltdown.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Oct 2014
Bill Holter, GoldSeek

Ayn Rand had many famous quotes, the one which I believe would drain the blood from Mr. Greenspan’s face is as follows: “There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist”. This is exactly how I believe Mr. Greenspan is trying to portray his legacy, the fashionable non conformist.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Matt O'Brien, Washington Post - Wonkblog

Government, in other words, really can bring inequality down to less Dickensian levels if it wants to. And, according to the IMF, it might not even hurt growth, like everyone assumes it would, if it did. In fact, reducing inequality might actually help growth by giving poor kids a better chance to develop their talents.

Or you could just go watch an Ayn Rand-quoting alpaca explain it all.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Capitalism   Mixed  

What is there left to say about Mark Cuban? The guy speaks for himself: This year alone, the self-made billionaire and self-identified Randian has defended Donald Sterling, waded into the Trayvon Martin controversy, and predicted the NFL would collapse within 10 years.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Michael Beckel, Daily Beast

In 2012, [Bridget] Bush was the lead counsel associated with the amicus brief of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in the legal fight over the constitutionality of the individual mandate in Obama’s health-care reform law.

She was a founding member of the Louisville lawyer’s chapter of the Federalist Society, of which her husband, attorney John K. Bush, is the president. Her favorite books, according to her profile on a blogging website, include the Bible and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Frank Schier, Rock River Times (Rockford, IL)

“Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?”

Class warfare is coming to a ballot box near you, right now! Ayn Rand’s John Galt would go “V-For Vendetta” on the ballot if he saw this tax proposal. Dang, I don’t believe I actually see a “tax the rich” proposal here, but we do. And what the heck, the Citizens United will McCutcheon this to death like a gobbling PAC MAN anyway, if a formal amendment was proposed, so let’s go for another “feel-good, with no-real-effect ballot item,” vote “YES” for the dead and circuitous.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Tuesday 28 October 2014
Thomas Swan, FlickSided

The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are two of the most popular literary works of the 20th century and, like most popular literature, eventually Hollywood will snap it up and turn it into a film. Bigger concepts tied into Rand’s literature have presented quite a dilemma for filmmakers looking to adopt her work. The novel Atlas Shrugged was described by Rand as being about “the role of the mind in man’s existence—and, as a corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Oct 2014
Esther Zuckerman, Entertainment Weekly - The Music Mix

When it comes to books, Democrats are inclined to like The Great Gatsby, The Color Purple, and The Hobbit, while Republicans prefer Heaven Is for Real and Atlas Shrugged.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Oct 2014
Julian Hattem, The Hill (Washington, DC)

The analysis found that “The Great Gatsby” and “The Hobbit” tend to be the literary choices of Democrats, while people leaning Republican enjoy reading “Atlas Shrugged.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Oct 2014
Dan Tynan, Yahoo! Tech

If you like Kenny Chesney and Atlas Shrugged, you’re more likely to vote for the GOP ticket next Tuesday. If you’re a fan of Maya Angelou, Adele, and Catcher in the Rye, then you will almost certainly pull the lever for Democrats. Who says so? Facebook…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Oct 2014
Rancho Santa Fe Review (CA)

The Conners Crawford Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services hosted a private screening of the film “Atlas Shrugged III” on Oct. 14 at the Cinepolis Cinemas in Del Mar Highlands Town Center. This event allowed members of the RSF community to experience the minimally-released adaptation of Ayn Rand’s arguably greatest work, in a comfortable setting where they could discuss the enduring relevance of the work with the film’s producer, Harmon Kaslow.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Oct 2014