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Saturday 25 October 2014
Jim Sheire, Great Falls Tribune (MT)

The tea party divides us between “makers” and “takers” and designates government an enemy and hindrance to individual liberty in a strange mix that is in many respects an Ayn Rand social Darwinism and Nietzsche “Übermensch” concoction. This ideology bears little or no resemblance to the enlightenment of the Founding…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Oct 2014
James Zogby, Huffington Post

When I was in my teens, I read Ayn Rand and became enamored of Barry Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative. Mom would have none of it. One day as I was spouting off about individualism and the evils of government, my mother pointed a disapproving finger in my face and told me “if it weren’t for Social Security survivor benefits [which I had been receiving since my father’s death when I was 15], you’d be out working right now instead of being in school”; and if it weren’t for the New York State scholarship you’d won, we wouldn’t have been able to afford to send you to college". She concluded with “don’t deny to others what you take for yourself”. The phase through which I had been going was typical stuff for teens – a kind of infantile narcissism where you think only of yourself. Mom’s injunction was, in short, to grow up, get over my self-absorption, and see the bigger picture of benefits we receive from and the responsibilities we have toward others. My rebellion was short-lived.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Oct 2014
ConservativeHQ

While “shared prosperity” sounds an awful lot like Karl Marx’s “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs,” or perhaps “The Preservation of Livelihood Law” and “The Fair Share Law” from one of the more depressing chapters Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, what it means in Obama-speak is an illegal executive amnesty…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Oct 2014
Belfast Telegraph

High ideals and love on the rocks (quite literally, as our hero works in a quarry) are the order of the day in a film shamelessly “towering to new dramatic heights” in Vidor’s melodramatic adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel about principled artist Howard Roark, who refuses to compromise his integrity designing antiquated architecture, preferring instead to break his back in obscurity than conform to the norm.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014
Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative - Gracy Olmstead
Positive  

Others whose work I haven’t yet read in depth, but who are at the top of my list:

Virginia Woolf
Maya Angelou
Simone de Beauvoir
Emily Dickinson
Edith Wharton
Alice Walker
S.E. Hinton
Ayn Rand

Let me know if there are other women authors who have been significant to you…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Oct 2014
Andrew Wellner, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla, AK)

“I believe in the philosophy of Objectivism and Ayn Rand and free enterprise capitalism and I operate from a premise that reason is the only absolute,” Salmon said. “I operate from that premise of reality. I’m not interested in wishes and dreams…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014
Friday 24 October 2014
The Irish Times (Dublin)
Neutral  

Arguments in the 19th and early 20th Century against extending votes to non-property owners were largely based on the fear that doing so would empower classes of people who could not be trusted to wield such power responsibly. Without a real stake – ie property – the enfranchised poor would inevitably use their majority to wage class war on the rich, expropriating their wealth. Alexis de Tocqueville warned of the “tyranny of the majority”. Ayn Rand too, in more recent times. Not surprisingly then, socialists were to the fore in the struggle for the extension of the vote, and conservatives came late to support it.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014
Mike Opelka, TheBlaze

Borowski took aim Thursday at the “Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism” video that swept the Internet this week, posting a parody with some facts debunking the original.

Clad in her own princess attire and holding up a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Capitalism,” Borowski declared: ”Screw your victimization, I’d rather read this book.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014
Kevin Boyd, Independent Journal Review

Borowski, in a profanity-free video, disputed several of the original video’s claims. And instead of hawking T-shirts, she closed by holding up a copy of Ayn Rand’s Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014
Mark Leiren-Young, Vancouver Sun
Negative  

After releasing a movie that explores Emery’s Ayn Rand inspired ethics and self-aggrandizing tendencies, Larry may not be on MARC’s Christmas card list, but as of Monday night the two were still Facebook friends.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014
Julie Chadwick, Nanaimo Daily News (BC)
Positive  

The film traces Emery’s early “conversion moment” after reading Ayn Rand as a teen, and his subsequent anti-government activism from opposing the Pan-Am games to fighting censorship…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014

“The thing is that every story has already been told,“ Kayden said to me. "There are only so many archetypes—everything kicks back to another previously told story.” She rattled off a few narratives she’d like to bring in, including a porn rendition of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Adapting a classic wouldn’t be simple, though…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Oct 2014