Randex

Wednesday 27 August 2014
Jonathan Martin, Daily Beacon (U of TN, Knoxville)

A common fear of government regulation is the thought of losing our capitalistic society.

I’ll let Ayn Rand have a small victory on this thought. Companies and individuals should reserve the right to make choices as they see fit and to act in their best interest. However, regulation does not have to entail government control; it can also be a simple system of checks and balances for the industry.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 27 Aug 2014
Tuesday 26 August 2014
Stephen Pope, TradingFloor.com

…Krugman could not resist taking a swipe at those thinkers that value free enterprise and genuine wealth creation through inspiration over big government and the dead hand of state interference.

There is no shame in forming an economic opinion based on the broad thrust of an Ayn Rand novel. One only has to read “The Fountainhead” or “Atlas Shrugged” to appreciate the danger of the mediocre forever leaning on the achievements of the creative and talented. Her work expresses the advocacy of reason, individualism, capitalism, and the failures of governmental coercion.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 27 Aug 2014
Jamie Mullick, Asian Age

In conversation with Jamie Mullick, Ananth talks about his book, the paucity of good Indian books on pleasure, how he ventured into writing, his love for photography, Ayn Rand, among other things. Excerpts: Q: How did you happen to shift from selling books to writing them? A: I used to write short pieces, a bit of…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 27 Aug 2014
Tom Johnson, NewsBusters

…and that the “huge omission” from the list was Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, which Ryan has so often praised to the skies. Chait remarked that Ryan appears to be backing away from his politically…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
Vulture Editors, New York Magazine - Vulture

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? The trilogy concludes, with cameo appearances from Ron Paul, Glenn Beck, and Grover Norquist.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
Nico Savidge, Cap Times (Madison, WI)

UW-Madison has produced tie-dyed hippies and buttoned-down conservatives; Ayn Rand disciples and, yes, some pro-union socialists.

The plaque at the center of campus gives you an idea why.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

…Paul Ryan thinks about Ayn Rand. (But shh, he doesn’t want anyone to know.) Republican budget boy Paul Ryan just keeps trying to pretend that Ayn Rand is not one of the most…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
The Objective Standard

…a question from Robert: “Why do you and other Objectivists advocate selfishness when that word disturbs so many people? Why not just use the word self-interest or, better yet, rational self-interest?” In…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
Hans Lovejoy, Byron Echo

…there was much ridicule of the current Abbott government. ‘It’s absurd that this government is out there with this language of “lifters and leaners,” he told the audience. ‘It’s straight out of an Ayn Rand novel. They are lunatics.’ But Wayne’s main narrative centres around the measures implemented to stave off the 2008 global crash…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 26 Aug 2014
Monday 25 August 2014
Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

From Jon Chait, responding to Paul Ryan’s list of favorite books about economics and democracy—which notably fails to include his former favorite book, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Paul Ryan was asked by the Week to list his six favorite books about economics and democracy. The request was a bit mischievous, as Ryan has tried (since his ascension from backbencher to his current role as chief ideologist of the Republican party) to downplay his love of Ayn Rand and her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. And now, the volume that Ryan once handed out to all his staffers, listed as one of his three most frequently reread books of any kind and cited as the entire reason he got into public service, no longer makes the top six list of books on politics and economics.

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Ari Armstrong, The Objective Standard

…journalists and pundits routinely misrepresent Ayn Rand’s ideas in order to smear her; see Daniel Wahl’s recent post for a number of examples. The latest smear comes from an article by Bijan Stephen…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014