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Monday 13 October 2014
Stephen Goldstein, SaintPetersBlog

With unimaginable cultural condescension, Michael S. Berliner of the Ayn Rand Institute calls Columbus Day “A Time to Celebrate,” and attacks those who “view the arrival of … Columbus … as an occasion to be mourned.” He justifies Columbus’ land grab because “what is now the United States was sparsely inhabited, unused, and undeveloped.” For shame that they hadn’t developed shopping malls!

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 12 Oct 2014
Georgette Huff, The Review

So I’m taking this class on “isms”: socialism, communism, mercantilism and a few others, including, of course, capitalism, which was last week’s headliner.

Ed, the instructor, opened the session with a quote from Ayn Rand

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 13 Oct 2014
Jonathan Coppage, The American Conservative

The problem with rehabilitating Rand at this point in the course of human events isn’t that she was a militant atheist, a celebrant of narcissism, or any other of her manifestly evil qualities and positions. It’s that she doesn’t matter. Rand is an artifact of the industrial age, when Hank Rearden could smelt his steel with manly independence and grant himself delusions of standing apart from and above the world as a “maker.”

The economy of the 21st century looks increasingly likely to be an economy of service.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 13 Oct 2014
Sunday 12 October 2014
Cato Institute

…Mr. Barney also serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, the LePort Schools and Business Education Research Associates (BERA). Peter…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 12 Oct 2014
Adalia Woodbury, PoliticsUSA

It’s par for the course for people who subscribe to the Ayn Rand theory that they are entitled to government help, but anyone else in the same position is just a lazy taker.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 12 Oct 2014
Emily Temple, Flavorwire

Ayn Rand.

“[T]he very best I’ve ever read, my favorite thing in all world literature (and that includes all the heavy classics) is a novelette called Calumet “K” by Merwin-Webster.” … Chelsea Handler. What are your favorite books of all time? “The Fountainhead

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 06 Oct 2014
Mike D'Virgilio, The American Culture

It is widely agreed upon across the cultural spectrum that trying to send heavy-handed messages in movies or TV shows is not a good thing; the entertainment value of a work of art suffers when nuance is thrown out the window (think Atlas Shrugged). I don’t think the makers of Blue Bloods agree.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 11 Oct 2014
Saturday 11 October 2014
Alec Hogg, Biznews (Johannesburg)

…at some point even those fools creating the new businesses, the ones taking the risks, those who actually create new jobs, may tire of impossible odds. Get to realise an easier road lies elsewhere. What happens when entrepreneurs finally smell the coffee? When they decide to go on strike, who starts the businesses whose taxes keep everyone else so contented? Ayn Rand might have been onto something after all.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
Timothy Egan, New York Times
Negative  

Let’s start with the Republican Ryan Zinke, a square-jawed former member of the Navy SEALs who is likely to be the next congressman from Montana. Earlier this year, he said, “We need to focus on the real enemy” — that is, the anti-Christ. And who should that be? Why, Hillary Clinton. O.K., he’s just one talk-radio spawn from the Big Sky state. Lock the man up in a room with Ayn Rand novels and the tomes of the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises and he’ll be right in the head. But Mr. Zinke is not a lone loon.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 11 Oct 2014
Tucker Dean, Gonzaga Bulletin (Gonzaga U, Spokane, WA)
Negative  

Perhaps you’re on your first date, and your potential significant other asks you, “Who’s your favorite author?” You know the answer, but there is no way you would readily admit that Ayn Rand is technically your spirit animal. Especially not to a person you’re wooing.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
Shaunacy Ferro, Co.Design

[Q:] So you’re not the type of architect who really wants a grand monument?

[A: ] No, I’m not Ayn Rand. I never liked that book. [Laughs]

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
Negative  

…views that, “Healthcare isn’t a right” or that Ayn Rand (who’s basically a Russian Dan Brown) is the most important political thinker of all time. Go nuts. PLEASE go nuts. Because to have someone who…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014