Randex

Saturday 30 August 2014
Richard Eskow, AlterNet
  1. Selflessness is vile. From libertarian avatar and prophet Ayn Rand: “The man who attempts to live for others is a dependent. He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves.”

Aid workers. Doctors Without Borders. Gandhi. Martin Luther King Jr. Mother Teresa. In this libertarian view, all of them are “parasites” who make parasites of those they serve—because, of course, the free market would eventually eliminate poverty. (Never mind the millions who would starve in the meantime.)

Not only are these good people “parasites” in this libertarian view, they are deliberately parasitical (“in motive”). They lack the nobility of character needed to act purely out of self-interest, like the murderer Ayn Rand so admired.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Jessica Sulima, Hudson Reporter

At Bayonne High School, senior honors students are instructed to read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, a 700-page philosophical novel of individualism…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 27 Aug 2014
Daniel P. Finney, Des Moines Register (IA)

9 p.m. ATLAS SHRUGGED, MOVIE— Atlas visits a chiropractor who tells him his neck is so tight “it’s like you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders.”

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Michael Hicks, Star Press (Muncie, IN)

No amount of college reading is sufficient to fully form a mind and it is as easy to critically read a Marxist tome as a Randian one. Moreover, I am not sure an overtly leftist reading list wouldn’t backfire. After all, there are lots of alluring distractions on campus…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Friday 29 August 2014
Rob O'Connor, Yahoo! Music
Rush  

“Working Man,” Rush. This was clearly before Neil Peart, “Ayn Rand to the courtesy counter,” took over the group’s lyrical concerns. It has since became a concert fave…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014
Greg Sargent, Washington Post

…just about everything Paul Ryan has stood for over his entire career, from the budgets slashing the safety net to his old habit of making everyone in his office read “Atlas Shrugged.”

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014
David Robert Grimes, The Guardian (London)

The ruthlessly individualist philosophy fetishised by the modern disciplines of Ayn Rand conveniently ignores the fact that humans do not exist in a vacuum, and that individual actions often have consequences for all. The mantra that profit is a panacea for everything and that personal rights trump collective good is frequently misguided and potentially disastrous.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014
James Peron, Huffington Post

…one popular, the other academic – were Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek. In the 1940s, Rand, then a scriptwriter in Hollywood, suggested that film scripts should never preach conformity. Don’t…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014
Will Bunch, Philadelphia Inquirer

…love affair of the mind with libertarian goddess Ayn Rand, but he’s done some remarkably good work in the community, so…. The hedge fund dude who runs the 76ers is either the smartest of the Fab Four…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 28 Aug 2014
Adrian Corleonis, Herald and News (Klamath Falls, OR)

Cantor, Ryan, Boehner, et. al., hector workers they’ve dispossessed and disenfranchised — as if these Ayn Rand acolytes have a monopoly on morals and self-reliance — while hacking away at unemployment benefits and affordable health care.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 28 Aug 2014
Heather Wilhelm, RealClearPolitics
Atheism  

In the realm of modern secular humanism, only “perfect” children, apparently, need apply—and a new set of eugenicists is working to encourage just that, often sounding like comic book villains or Ayn Rand characters in the process.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 28 Aug 2014
Charles Alexander, Huffington Post

…bad, freedom good. What a load of libertarian, Ayn Randian nonsense. Freedom is great, but it needs to stop at the point where your neighbor’s freedom begins. Rules can be excessive, but without any…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 2014