Randex

Friday 17 October 2014
Shama Rangwala, rabble.ca

…well as libertarians. His philosophical hero is Ayn Rand and sees himself in Howard Roark, her version of the ideal man – a freedom-fighter, powerful and superior. He compares pot-smokers to Jews as…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
Kris Mauren, Acton Institute

If I’m not mistaken, we first met the night of January 16, 1986. That date wasn’t coincidental, Leonard and I were introduced at a private showing of an uncut, unedited 3.5 hour Italian version of Ayn Rand’s We the Living which had just surfaced more than forty years after Mussolini had ordered it destroyed.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
Nick Farrell, Fudzilla
Negative  

In 2012 the lefty organisation pushed for a dramatic change in the minimum wage – they wanted $20 per hour minimum wage, even for the most basic jobs. It was a good lefty platform and one, which in the US, most sane people who do not sacrifice owls to the ghost of Ayn Rand could probably get behind.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
Hank Stuever, Washington Post
Neutral  

Between the “Why is This Still a Thing?” reports on Miss America report and Ayn Rand, it’s as if John Oliver and company are going through old issues of Spy magazine to find their material.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

If I’m starting to sound like an Ayn Rand novel—well, bingo. This is precisely what Levin fails to understand about the individualist wing of the right. What they see in her writings is her appreciation for the world of work. Specifically, Ayn Rand realized that the production of wealth is about way more than the pursuit of animalistic appetites. It’s about thinking and creating. It’s not about defying the “constraints” imposed by nature, but about learning and respecting them. As Francis Bacon put it, “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.”

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
James Tennent, The Independent (London)
BioShock   Negative  

The story itself often feels like it has elements of BioShock in space – if you continued with the Ayn Randian themes, this is the sort of free-for-all society that hard-core libertarians think is some kind of basic human nature, it’s porn for people who think the Wild West was a majestic time without government intervention.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail (Toronto)

…Emery is also a guy with a history of self-interested hucksterism that goes all the way back to dubious childhood practices in the schoolyard trade of comic books and stamps. In a kind of right-wing suburban Southern Ontario mutation of left-wing 1960s activist performance art political principles, Emery’s lightning-rod moment came when he first read the uber-individualistic mysticism of Ayn Rand and finally saw the universe clearly. And darned if he wasn’t at the centre of it.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 17 Oct 2014
Thursday 16 October 2014
John Grindrod, The Guardian (London)

High Rise by JG Ballard (1975).

It’s Lord of the Flies in a tower block. This novel, in which the wealthy residents of a luxurious Barbican-like tower descend into savagery, has haunted me since I first read it as a teenager. I think of it as the fatalistic second act to Ayn Rand’s bombastic The Fountainhead.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 15 Oct 2014
Ralph Raico, Mises Daily (Ludwig von Mises Institute)

Leonard was a member of the Circle Bastiat, the group of friends that met very often at Murray and Joey Rothbard’s apartment on the Upper Westside. We met for intense discussions of politics, both theoretical and contemporary, for the drinks and little snacks that Joey prepared, and for lots and lots of laughs. When the Circle was invited to Ayn Rand’s place after the publication of Atlas Shrugged, the incipient Randroids engaged the lady in an enthusiastic many-hours-long discussion. Leonard, off to the side and having not the slightest interest in “Objectivism,” closed his eyes and had himself a nap.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014
Florence Waters, The Telegraph (London)
Neutral  

Another mad space has been assembled by Ursula Mayer, whose films about a transgender model are displayed in a dimly lit room complete with a parade of glass dildo-like sculptures and cabinets displaying tributes to Margaret Thatcher and Ayn Rand. It’s like a sex club decked out by David Bowie: hell for some, heaven for others.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014
Negative
Ryan Cooper, The Week

Marx thought it was clearly possible to buy off the masses with transfers and social insurance, but that elites wouldn’t do this because they would be hemmed in by galloping Ayn Rand-style self-legitimization. Most of the postwar 20th century seemed to prove him wrong, as nations across the world instituted generous social insurance. But after the fall of the Soviet Union and especially after the 2008 crisis, events have been breaking down more Marx’s way.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014
Kenosha News
Neutral  

John Hodgman — who is known for everything from his popular “I’m a Mac … I’m a PC” TV commercials to being the “Resident Expert” on “The Daily Show” — is now touring and doing standup comedy as himself, not a character. (Though he may dress up as Ayn Rand and read her fictional Parade magazine columns for the audience.)

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2014