Randex

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Mixed

Paul Ryan is a lawmaker that people love to hate. He’s got that Midwestern good-boy affect. He’s into P90x and has a body that power squatters loathe. He reportedly had his interns read books by the cartoonish hater of altruism and “moochers,” Ayn Rand. He is slick and attractive — and to his enemies, he is all the more repellant for that.

But with his latest, tentative attempt at defining an anti-poverty agenda for the right and his party, he has revealed himself to be what earnest commentators have always wanted: A politician who listens to them.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jul 2014
Positive
Luke Johnson, Financial Times (London)

Another candidate would be the novelist Ayn Rand, who wrote best-selling works such as Atlas Shrugged. She promoted the concept of a rugged form of individualism, as epitomised by her fictional heroes Howard Roark and John Galt. Each battled against the forces of collectivism and corporatism. Rand was an émigré from Russia, and forever found the appearance of Manhattan a demonstration of the power of human enterprise.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jul 2014
Positive
Monty Pelerin, American Thinker

…the doers and providing it to the less well-off. Atlas Shrugged showed where that leads. The Great Recession had a serious impact on all percentiles in the graph above. All are down from 2007. Liberals want to…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jul 2014
Monday 28 July 2014
Positive
Johanna Luyssen, Le Monde

…qui connaîtra une réussite fulgurante. Le second, Howard Roark, est brillantissime, révolutionnaire et sans concessions. Il subira le rejet et la violence d'une société décrite ici avec une intelligence…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Neutral
David Weigel, Slate

Tom Palmer, listed first among the plaintiffs, is the director of the libertarian Cato University program, and a vice president of the Atlas Network.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Neutral
Alexandra Petri, Washington Post

…imagine getting an angry tweet from Ayn Rand on account of having put down “Atlas Shrugged,” walked away and kept walking forever until you felt clean inside. (I’m sorry, Ayn! Don’t hurt me! I’m going to come back to it, I promise.)

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Positive
Ed Driscoll, PJ Media

…Is Barack Obama John Galt?”,  John Hinderaker provocatively asked yesterday at Power Line: Now, Barack Obama has decreed that the American Atlas should shrug. Weary…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Mixed
Michael Rappaport, allvoices

Despite his love for Ayn Randian solutions—or maybe because of them—Ryan has been pretty hard core about wanting to privatize more and more programs, including Social Security and Medicare.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Positive
The Opportunist, Seeking Alpha

As if pulled directly from Ayn Rands’ Atlas shrugged, the worst have been rewarded the most handsomely and the best and most capable are marginalized and ostracized. Some of the…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Negative
Chris Mautner, Comic Book Resources

…Pearson didn’t care much for Ditko’s Randian screeds, and Ditko is more or less out of Witzend halfway through the run (Pearson even parodies Mr. A – rather poorly – in a later issue). There are…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Neutral
Ross Douthat, New York Times - Evaluations

…Chait’s piece would provide an excellent opportunity to resume our long-running, “Does Paul Ryan regard “The Fountainhead” as a blueprint for public policy?” debate, especially since he actually gives a little ground on that essential question. But unfortunately…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Neutral
Cathy Young, Reason
Altruism  

A few years ago, Elena Yampolskaya, managing editor of the leading newspaper Izvestia, wrote a column urging Russians to embrace both “the star and the cross"—meaning the Soviet legacy and the Orthodox tradition. Noting that "people who despise all things Soviet are usually indifferent to all things Russian as well,” Yampolskaya suggested that “the U.S.S.R. was built on the Christian capacity for self-sacrifice.” (If there were an Objectivist heaven, somewhere in it Ayn Rand would be saying, “I told you so!”)

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014