Saturday 04 October 2014
Ellis Washington, RenewAmerica

Hobbes analysis of human nature in government as self-interested and self-will predated by several centuries ideas later proposed by Nietzsche in the late 1800s (Will to Power) to Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy of the 1930s-80s which deified selfishness as a virtue, and of modern political groups embracing his “social contract” theory is one of the main pillars of political philosophy.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Oct 2014
Jonathan Jacobs, RI Future

The concept of “winners” versus “losers” is an American ideology to which I do not subscribe. In fact, it originated in western, free-market culture and is the ideology of choice of those who daily ask the question favorited Ayn Rand, “who is John Gault?” The philosophy goes something like: if there are winners, it is because they did whatever was necessary to deserve that status. Likewise, if there are losers, they are equally as responsible for their own failure. I’m a bit surprised that Frymaster, the self-proclaimed “dot-commie,” would adopt such a cowboy-capitalist mentality as pertains to our selection of elected officials.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Luke Hill, Commonweal - dotCommonweal

Ryan wants to be president someday. His prospects took a real beating in the last election because of his own missteps [remember he and his family “cleaning” already clean pots and pans at the soup kitchen] and being tied inextricably to the quintessential plutocrat Mittens Romney. If he doesn’t change these perceptions of himself by the public, he will never be able to get that Ayn Rand stink off of his clothes.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Oct 2014
Emily Rose DeMarco, Watchdog Wire (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity)

…a student who has asked that both he and his school remain anonymous, reported that he was fired from his post as a teaching assistant after he attended an internship with the Ayn Rand Institute. The school reportedly told this student that Rand’s ideology was so vastly different from theirs that they felt he was no longer a suitable candidate to work with their students.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Evan McMurry, AlterNet

On Last Week Tonight, perhaps to balance out his less-than-friendly main segment on Obama’s drone policies, John Oliver asked a question that has bothered people about Ayn Rand since she first emerged in the middle of the twentieth century: why are people into this dreck?

Rand was the founder of Objectivism, a sub-Nietzschean philosophy that glorified selfishness and denigrated altruism, aggressively detailed in two novels bearing both the weight and prose style of a cement brick. Not surprisingly, this organized atavism never gained serious purchase: during her lifetime she was rejected by everyone from literary critics to philosophy professors to Frank Lloyd Wright, who didn’t appreciate her cribbing protagonist Howard Roark from his biography.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Oct 2014
Friday 03 October 2014
Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds

Someone far funnier than I am described “adults” infatuated with the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand as being like the geek who discovered OMD in the 8th grade, had his mind blown and subsequently never gave up on the idea that they were the greatest group in the history of recorded music!

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Sep 2014
Thomas Paterson, Gold Made Simple News

The last time Alan Greenspan wrote a missive about gold was all the way back in 1966 (when he was dabbling with his Ayn Rand ‘phase’ – shame it didn’t last). Back then he wrote an article titled “Gold and Economic Freedom” – the entire thing is certainly worth a read and can be found here, if for nothing else it shows just how completely a person can sell-out their principals the moment they get a sniff of power.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Rmuse, PoliticsUSA

For the past three years, House Republicans have passed a Heritage Foundation budget presented by Ayn Rand devotee Paul Ryan that Senate Republicans were livid did not get passed or voted on in the Senate. Of all the calamitous austerity, tax cuts for the rich, tax increases for the poor and middle class, and program cuts in Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget, none are as valued by Republicans as privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, and soon Social Security.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Gena Rinckey, Watchdog Wire (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity)

The John Galt Dress is made of the highest quality snow white satin, which is this year’s “trend-setting” color and fabric. The dress features a daring plunging neckline signifying that the bride is an entrepreneurial “risk taker.” It flows with a “train” that captures the spirit of capitalism that comes with the corporate image of Taggert Transcontinental Railroad. The back is modestly open, showing the transparency of the bride as she enters into a lifetime of being faithful to one man.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
The Express Tribune

Actor Fahad Mirza. It’s a tough call to choose one book to name as my favourite. However, if I do have to choose I would pick Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. The story is about two parallel worlds, the protagonists in the story become architects despite the differences in their backgrounds. One hails from an ordinary family and is a self-made man while the other has been privileged and is born in a wealthy family. It teaches one to strive hard in ones journey, believe in what they do and ignore any criticism they might hear.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Adam Lee, Patheos

…heroes, like Francisco d’Anconia, Rearden and John Galt, have an inborn genius that owes nothing to formal education. Why was Ayn Rand so down on higher education? I can think of several answers. One could simply be that this is a Take That against the institutions of higher education that never took her seriously as a philosopher and denied her the recognition she craved.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Thursday 02 October 2014
Broadway World

Since 1984, van Hove has been part of the artistic management of the department of dramatic art at Hogeschool Antwerpen.

His current works on stage include The Fountainhead, Na de repetitie/Persona (After the rehearsal/Persona) by Ingmar Bergman…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014