Randex

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Mixed
Jeff Labrecque, Entertainment Weekly

Leila, a Dagny Taggart-like character who can’t fight the nefarious conspiracy herself, meets two unlikely heroes who join her resistance movement. You get the impression that Shafer loved everything about Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged except its politics.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Positive
Don Watkins, Voices for Reason (Ayn Rand Institute)

Pethokoukis can’t have it both ways. He can’t assert that the welfare state is a moral achievement and then brush aside a challenge to the moral status of the welfare state on the grounds that it is a political non-starter. Either he’s taking a moral stand or he’s not — and if he is, then he has an obligation to back up that stand.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Neutral
David Mills, Patheos
Neutral  

…hadn’t, here is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Objectivism, the first in the Harry Potter series as retold by Ayn Rand. Unfortunately the website doesn’t seem to provide a page with a link to all seven. Here…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Negative
Michael Hiltzik​, Los Angeles Times

…of capitalism.“ The programs had to include Ayn Rand’s potboiler "Atlas Shrugged” as part of the curriculum. According to the Telegraph, in 2012 Britain’s Cambridge University accepted a $6 million…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Positive
Michael Shaughnessy, EducationViews

…do? I’m happy to! Currently, I’m curator at the Ayn Rand Archives, which is a department of the Ayn Rand Institute. The Archives is the world’s largest repository of Rand-themed material. Our mission…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Negative
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

…In an amusing account of the Ayn Rand wig-out over Rep. Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan, James Pethokoukis writes, “If you’re someone who finds that kind of reasoning — ‘Taxation is…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Positive
Ari Armstrong, The Objective Standard

…out, Ryan’s plan is contrary to the principles of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, some of which Ryan has claimed to embrace. Rand recognizes that a person has a moral right to keep and spend his wealth according…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Negative
the red baron, SB Nation - Viva El Birdos

…torn out of that slowly-shrinking copy of “The Fountainhead” you traded your Buick for last month. And that is why I prefer a market where you have more options, rather than less, to improve and reshape your…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Negative
Louis Beckett, Ricochet

This is not “collectivism” as described by Ayn Rand; it does not resemble our instinctive contempt for Marxism. Instead, Tocqueville fears an individualism where people replace a focus on God, neighbors, community life, charity, and the pursuit of a collective political greatness — messy, challenging endeavors — with the glamorization of work and petty material comforts. He warns those of us who would make self-interest the only good: individualism is a vacuum, and that vacuum will be filled with government.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Neutral
Chris Pomorski, New York Observer
Neutral  

Dimly lit, with heavy gold curtains, a glitzy faux-palm lamp, black leather furniture and a bonafide zebra-skin rug, it resembled, roughly, the sort of place an aspiring diva with a trust fund might hole up in for a binge. “She’s a dreamer,” Ms. Sharpe explained of a cloud motif in the bedroom, where a glossy black skull candle stood watch near volumes by Donna Tartt and Ayn Rand.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Negative
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, PoliticsUSA
Negative  

…Religious Right (not to mention the Tea Party and Randian libertarians – not to mention Schlafly herself) make a living subordinating fact and truth to ideology. Imagine somebody, say…oh,, I don’t know, Todd…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Positive
S.E. Cupp, CNN

He’s said that he considers himself an “independent, leaning to libertarian,” who’s read Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” three times.

But one can hardly imagine Rand extolling the patriotic virtues of paying taxes – which she likened to government theft – as Cuban has. Or urging Michael Bloomberg, the world’s most invasive manny, to run for president, which Cuban also did.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014