Inside Bay Area
In the suit, Susan Koret accuses real estate magnate Tad Taube, the president of the Koret’s board of directors, of distributing funds to politically-minded groups such as the Federalist Society and the Ayn Rand Institute.
“Alleviating suffering and misfortune were my husband’s top priorities,” Susan Koret said in a news release. “(The foundation’s) money shouldn’t be used for Ted Taube’s pet projects in Poland or to help conservative economic and policy think tanks – not when so many in the Bay Area go to bed hungry every night.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Other conservative and libertarian recipients of Koret cash, according to the suit: $180,000 to the Federalist Society, $80,000 to the David Horowitz Freedom Center, $16,000 to the Ayn Rand Institute, $10,000 to Students for Liberty and $4,000 to the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, once run by Grover Norquist.
The Republican Party, I suppose, can become the sterile and technocratic party that stresses competence over values — the party that makes the Metro run on time (wait, they wouldn’t do that, either!). Or it could become an Ayn Rand-esque “money” party for anyone who cares about cutting spending and taxes (though, let’s be honest, the Gordon Gekko image doesn’t work much better than the Jerry Falwell stereotype).
America’s founding fathers embraced transcendent ideals of law and liberty drawn from the ancient history of Israel, coupled with New Testament doctrine. In short, founders learned from the past – morally, ethically, and religiously. They understood that, whenever evil wins, it is by moral failure of those who compromise basic principles (Ayn Rand). History is replete with examples of entire nations weakened by compromise and moral failure.
Camel City Dispatch (Winston Salem, NC)
Satanism and the Church of Satan is less a religion and more of a parody of Roman Catholicism merged with the philosophies of Ayn Rand, Alistair Crowley, and Anton LeVay’s own twisted sense of humor.
In addition to Jesus and Ayn Rand, Fox News worships the USA which is seen as a pristine entity that has never and would never do anything wrong because of its divinely bestowed “exceptionalism.”
What is particularly disturbing is the execs who are proudly gushing about this new normal. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is one of them. The billionaire with a yacht named after Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead told Torre and Haberstroh, “I think the smartest thing we do for health from a data perspective is take ongoing assessments and even blood tests so we have a baseline for each individual that we can monitor for any abnormalities. When someone is ill, we know what their numbers should be.”
Green Bay Progressive
WisPolitics is reporting that Walker will headline a fundraiser for Grothman’s campaign for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional district tomorrow in Oshkosh. The event is hosted by Ben Ganther, a millionaire Republican donor who was sued by the City of Oshkosh in 2007 for $328,000 in unpaid taxes and who joined U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in erecting a 20-foot-tall Ayn Rand-inspired statue outside his company’s office as a protest to the Affordable Care Act.
Desiring the ability to sequence individual genomes is even more dystopian, the sort of circumstance that high school teachers push students to treat as allegory rather than fact. These claims are not driven by a magnanimous desire to help players stay healthy for the good of the franchise. They are the thoughts of a group of people with a tendency to name their pets and yachts after the work of Ayn Rand.
Those of us who don’t agree with such invasive measures can console ourselves by claiming that they misunderstand what makes basketball teams successful.