Friday 06 June 2014
Adam Lee, Patheos

Atlas Shrugged, part II, chapter II The time has come for the first of The Speeches. These are Ayn Rand’s infamous filibusters in which the action comes to a halt so that one of her characters can deliver a lengthy philosophical lecture expounding…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2014
Tuesday 03 June 2014

…of Chrysler’s creditors, Obamacare, etc. — the idea of running for office never crossed Ron Johnson’s mind. He was, however, dry tinder — he calls Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” his “foundational book” — and now is ablaze, in an understated, upper-Midwestern way. This 55-year-old manufacturer of…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2014
Thursday 06 June 2013
Corky Siemaszko, New York Daily News

…when it came to a voice vote, the GOP majority prevailed and Andrews’ amendment appeared dead in the water. Smith might have also added that writer Ayn Rand, who is revered by many conservative Republicans, also didn’t believe in God. csiemaszko@nydailynews.com On a mobile device? Watch the video…

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Jeff Paschal, News & Record (Greensboro, NC)

A few months ago, political columnist and evangelical Christian Cal Thomas wrote an article in which he celebrated the thinking of a noted despiser of faith, particularly the Christian faith, Ayn Rand. Thomas wrote, “Ayn Rand warned about collectivism in the January 1944 issue of Reader’s Digest: ‘Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group — whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called ‘the common good.’ ”

What I find remarkable is that Thomas apparently adopts Rand’s misunderstanding of the phrase “the common good.”

Posted over 5 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2013
Friday 12 April 2013
Alan Macleod, CounterPunch

Thatcher’s neoliberalism, known by many names: free-market economics, Reaganomics, the Washington Consensus, Neoconservatism, traces its philosophical roots to the work of objectivist philosopher, Ayn Rand. In a 1959 interview Rand gave a summary of her position. “Man’s highest moral purpose is the achievement of his own happiness…I challenge the moral code of altruism, the precept that man’s moral duty is to live for others.” Going further, she stated to a shocked interviewer that, “I consider helping others evil” and that “love should be treated as a business deal.” Her ambitious goal was to revolutionize human relations. Shunned by academia, she found an audience in the business community, where her central messages struck a chord. Thatcher echoed Rand’s vision when she insisted that “there is no such thing as society, only individuals”.Their philosophy was summed up in the three words by the movie, Wall Street: greed is good.

Posted almost 6 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2014