Sunday 31 August 2014
WillTwain, Daily Kos

If Karl Marx represents the extreme left, Ayn Rand is the messiah of the extreme right-wing ideology that many believe is barbaric and evil - Objectivism. Marxism and Objectivism need to both become perjoratives that will help voters make a quick judgement on a prospective elected official. Objectivism is not an obscure notion that can easily be discarded. It is at the core of Reagan’s trickle-down economics, the economic system that has been in place for 34 years and ruined the lifestyle of the middle-class. This is serious.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Aug 2014
Saturday 30 August 2014
Dan Hagen, Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon, IL)

Greenspan, a disciple of the radical “free market” novelist and thinker Ayn Rand, pushed for a major increase in the payroll tax — a tax legally bound to be used solely to fund Social Security and Medicare — so that baby boomers, who represent a bulge in the U.S. population, could “prepay” their retirement security. In fact, the money was diverted.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Aug 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 over 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Aug 2014
Thursday 28 August 2014
Jacobo Corujeira, Vozpopuli

…hacia la ‘Arcadia tecnológica’ anticipada por Ayn Rand y soñada por los grandes capitalistas de Internet. Mientras llega el momento del referéndum, en EEUU los medios se entretienen haciendo…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Saturday 23 August 2014
Huy Dang, The Examiner

…Perhaps the most vocal and strident of these was Ayn Rand, an unapologetic paladin of unbridled laissez-faire capitalism. Ms. Rand’s most prominent disciple, Alan Greenspan, the head of the Federal…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Aug 2014
Wednesday 20 August 2014
David Martin, Huffington Post Canada

Even the former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan had to finally fess up that he had it all wrong. That aging acolyte of Ayn Rand thought the financial markets and their leaders would all act rationally when history could have warned him otherwise.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Saturday 16 August 2014
Marc Gerstein, Seeking Alpha

…the first Seeking Alpha strategy inspired by John Galt but I love the idea. My approach is different from that of my predecessor; I want visionary innovative companies…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Aug 2014
Monday 11 August 2014
Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg

…Greenspan’s infatuation with the philosophy of Ayn Rand manifested themselves. He was a free marketer who loved to intervene in the markets, a chief bank regulator who seemingly failed to understand…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Aug 2014
Monday 04 August 2014
Alan Kohler, Business Spectator

…the 80s wore on, and Volcker was succeeded by the Ayn Rand devotee Alan Greenspan, the bond market took over. Economist Ed Yardeni coined the term “bond vigilantes”, as bond investors decisively punished…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Aug 2014
Saturday 02 August 2014
ej heinemann, Daily Kos

…I remember reading Ayn Rand many summers ago after my freshman year in college. I read “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.” At that time they seemed to make sense…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Aug 2014
Friday 01 August 2014
Mary Barker, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

The blind spot of today’s conservatives, then, is the partial application of traditional wisdom. While it’s clear to them that unrestrained governmental power becomes corrupt and tyrannical, they fail to see that the same is true of concentrated social power. This blindness has been compounded by decidedly un-conservative elements that have entered the movement. Greenspan, for example, was a devotee of Ayn Rand, and it’s hard to imagine a figure further from the thought of Edmund Burke.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
Thursday 31 July 2014
moneycontrol.com (India)

…his ultra-loose monetary policy. A self-confessed Ayn Rand ideologue who was dubbed “the Maestro”, Greenspan allowed banks to increasingly take more risks, believing in the free market’s ability to self…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014