Randex

Monday 28 July 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Positive

…career for the Blues. Famous Russian author, Ayn Rand once said, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” Following the return of Drogba there were a lot of doubts raised on Mourinho’s decision…

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 27 Jul 2014
Negative
Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

…Baseball is so tilted toward the rich you’d think Ayn Rand was the commissioner! The trouble with that argument has been that the Pirates compete in a division with three similar sized markets….

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 27 Jul 2014
Neutral

…Claude, Tilda Swinton’s masterfully weird Ayn Rand-lookalike Minister Mason, and the train’s faceless, black-armored security forces. The central demand Gnostic Christianity places on its…

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Negative
Rmuse, PoliticsUSA
Paul Ryan  

…Paul Ryan’s newfound compassion for Americans barely making it is phony at best, and at worse a deliberate attempt to send the poor deeper into poverty under the guise of helping them. Helping them by dictating how they will “succeed” according to the American Enterprise Institute and Republicans steeped in job-killing austerity for the masses and rewards for the rich; Ayn Rand would be proud.

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 27 Jul 2014
Negative
Harlan B. Miller, Roanoke Times (VA)

Almost all Americans are, at least in principle, committed to some sort of universal freedom (liberté) and equality (égalité). Of course there is much disagreement about the nature and scope of both freedom (drugs, hate speech, abortion, etc.) and equality (economic or just legal, corporations, minors, etc.). But essentially all of us give at least lip service to liberty and equality.

Consistent libertarians of the Ayn Rand variety may stop there. But the rest of us accept some degree of solidarity or fellowship or brotherhood (fraternité) as part of the package.

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Negative
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Paul Ryan   Image  

In the wake of the disastrous 2012 election, Paul Ryan recognized that he faced a central problem: He was beginning to be seen not as the bold paragon of fiscal rectitude that media accounts had relentlessly depicted when he first emerged as a Republican leader, but as an “Ayn Rand miser.” Over the last year he has moved to repair the damage, undertaking a putatively secret yet widely publicized poverty tour, and finally, last week, unveiling an actual plan to address poverty. The question looming over Ryan is whether he believes his policy profile was substantively flawed or merely misunderstood.

  1. It is certainly true that Ryan’s new proposals represent an important step away from the political extreme he has occupied his entire career. All of Ryan’s previous proposals amounted to simplistic Randian exercises in upward redistribution.
Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014