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Friday 10 October 2014
Belén Marty, PanAm Post

Hana Fischer is passionate about philosophy, politics, and economics. She is lucky enough to live in Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a researcher, a PanAm Post columnist, and author of Democracy, or Dictatorship of the Majority (also available on Kindle), edited by Grito Sagrado, the publisher that brought Ayn Rand’s works to Argentina.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Thom Hartmann, Free Speech TV

…while selfishness might feel good to the individual - it’s doing untold and lasting damage to our society and way of life. So - if you think that we can be a productive society while selfishness and narcissism run amok - then everything you know is wrong!

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

Conservatives could stand to examine Ayn Rand’s literature a little more closely and less grudgingly and to take her ideas a little more seriously.

Let me start that process by recommending the top five things I think the right can learn from Ayn Rand.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Shane Croucher, International Business Times

The cause of changing people’s opinions about libertarianism is shared by many of its young advocates because they want to show the public that they aren’t a bunch of selfish Objectivists who go doe-eyed for Ayn Rand and Donald Trump. The young want libertarianism to grow up.

Salisbury-Jones of Liberty League doesn’t know any young British libertarians who have come to the movement via Rand, whose most famous novel is Atlas Shrugged.

“I think in the UK people are much more likely to identify as bleeding heart libertarians than Randians and how it can be applied to social justice rather than objectivism,” she says.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Jake Lahut, Wesleyan Argus (Wesleyan U, Middletown, CT)

Romney’s running mate, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, has been quiet as of late. He has changed his approach to poverty, albeit in a small way that still seems to punish those already on government assistance. Yet his Randian philosophy has not changed. For Ryan, it is rugged individualism, even rational objectivism, that is the philosophy that ought to be brought to the White House: Ryan’s hero, appropriately, is Ayn Rand.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
Mark Whittington, Las Vegas Review-Journal

…met a journalist of greater integrity. He was Howard Roark in real life. He would and did quit jobs before he would as much as smudge an ethical line—even if all his colleagues thought he was being extreme…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Peter Weber, The Week

…Tonight posted a withering takedown of the late Ayn Rand, and the adults who still idolize her. In case you’re not familiar with her oeuvre, “Ayn Rand became famous for her philosophy of objectivism

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Aditi Phadnis, Rediff

Shah, the man behind the The 100 Laws Project, a listing of the country’s ludicrous but extant legislations, says it was during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government in 2001 that Arun Shourie initiated the need to look at obsolete and outdated laws that needed to be scrapped.

Shah’s list itself is not informed merely by the vintage of the law, but also by a philosophical weltanschauung that owes much to writer Ayn Rand.

Shah says he was studying for a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1982-83 when a friend introduced him to the writings of Rand whose message was: your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life; so go ahead and be selfish.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Lucy Steigerwald, Antiwar.com

The most honest neocons and the vilest Objectivists both regret that the US doesn’t go whole hog against its enemies. Demonstrating the Platonic Ideal of blaming the victim, Ayn Rand’s lackeys at the Ayn Rand Institute argue that oppressed citizens of nations aggressing against the US have lost the ability to be categorized as innocent civilians.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Thursday 09 October 2014
Brittany Dingler, The Skidmore News

…sleep that is extremely essential to encoding the names and structures of amino acids or writing the sequel to The Fountainhead. Doing your best to maintain a consistent sleep schedule by getting up at the same time every morning (even on the weekends, if possible) and…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
G. Rendell, Inside Higher Ed
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The difficulty with sets of guiding principles, of course, is that for them to be truly effective, they need to be deeply imbued with a society and its members. One current set of guiding principles in this country is rarely spoken except by self-proclaimed Objectivists, and might (in the worst possible light) be boiled down to “get as much as you can, as fast as you can, and then make sure you hold onto it”. But a broader set, a more profound set, and historically a more deeply influential set can be said to exist within the (various versions of the) Ten Commandments.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
John MacKinnon, Edmonton Journal

A lot of pro sports teams take up a lot of space in their home cities, especially when that city has the convivial feel of a small town. But this week has been off the charts for the Oilers.

It’s Brigadoon meets The Fountainhead meets That Championship Season.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014