Randex

Thursday 16 October 2014
Garry Reed, The Examiner

Another unique figure is Marsha Familaro Enright, described as “an education entrepreneur” who founded The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. If this sounds like Ayn Rand and Objectivism it is; Familaro has published widely in such literary periodicals as The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies and serves on the Advisory Board of The Atlas Society. She also founded a Montessori school and created a Montessori-style curriculum that teaches children “the basics of philosophy, free market economics, and personal self-awareness.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014
Charles Murray, The Federalist

[Reprint of a Claremont Review
of Books article from June 2010.] Ayn Rand never dwelt on her Russian childhood, preferring to think of herself as wholly American. Rightly so. The huge truths she apprehended and expressed were as American as apple pie. I suppose hardcore Objectivists will consider what I’m about to say heresy, but hardcore Objectivists are not competent to judge. The novels are what make Ayn Rand important. Better than any other American novelist, she captured the magic of what life in America is supposed to be. The utopia of her novels is not a utopia of greed. It is not a utopia of Nietzschean supermen. It is a utopia of human beings living together in Jeffersonian freedom.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014
Emma Roller, National Journal
Rand Paul  

Brat has said he’s a libertarian—he once coauthored a paper titled “An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand"—but is not a full Randian. Now, a literal Rand-ian is campaigning for him. Paul has become a stalwart surrogate for Republicans…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Jaime Lopez, Costa Rica Star
Neutral  

…the Libertarian Movement is facing criticism from libertarians who feel that their Ayn Randian ideology is being sullied in Costa Rica by inaction and ineptitude.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
Positive  

When he was a teenager, he opened a bookstore called City Lights Bookshop. He eventually discovered the writings of Ayn Rand and applied her philosophy to his life. He would later run for the Libertarian Party of Canada in the 1980 federal election.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
Carlo Maffat, Watchdog.org

In the 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, threatened by anti-business regulations and the collapse of their companies, scores of prosperous business owners abandoned their fortunes and went into hiding. John Galt, the central character, persuaded them to relocate to a region where their efforts would be rewarded, leaving the rest of society to their fate.

Now, it seems Galt is in Venezuela.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
Scott Timberg, Salon
Negative  

The bookstore that used to be down the street from your house had to pay taxes on its sales, while for years Amazon didn’t. Any wonder which side won, and which lost? If this is “fair and square” we come dangerously close to saying that might-makes-right of Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin. No wonder Ayn Rand types love Amazon.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
Cy Ashley Webb, Stark Insider

David Studwell’s Sweeney Todd wins our sympathies as an easy-on-the-eyes bearded Everyman at home in the dingy London tenements of the 1940’s. However, Studwell’s character doesn’t live in that persona. Ayn Rand might find his transitions to the iconoclastic demon barber of Fleet Street so effective that she’d just have to get over the central conceit likening cannibalism to capitalism.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
Tyler Coates, Decider
Negative  

That at the center of Fight Club is a quest for unadulterated machismo is particularly eye-rolly, a concept that is only rivaled by the anti-subtlety of Ayn Rand’s oeuvre.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
Negative  

Dave Brat, the man who rid the government of Eric Cantor, but who believes that the biggest problem with organized religion is that it doesn’t more closely resemble a private-equity firm, and also Ayn Rand Rocks!

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
Negative  

Democrat Karen Keiser is an education-reform advocate and a health-care-reform defender. Her Republican opponent is an Ayn Rand acolyte and “longtime recycler.” Can we be done with this one now? Vote Keiser.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
BC Bass, Bennington Vale Evening Transcript

Since the 1970s, San Narciso County has staged an elaborate historical reenactment of Columbus’ critical role in bringing what the Ayn Rand institute called “reason, science, self-reliance, individualism, ambition and productive achievement” to a people who were based in “primitivism, mysticism and collectivism.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014