Saturday 11 October 2014
Alec Hogg, Biznews (Johannesburg)

…at some point even those fools creating the new businesses, the ones taking the risks, those who actually create new jobs, may tire of impossible odds. Get to realise an easier road lies elsewhere. What happens when entrepreneurs finally smell the coffee? When they decide to go on strike, who starts the businesses whose taxes keep everyone else so contented? Ayn Rand might have been onto something after all.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
Joe Patrice, Above the Law
Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Oct 2014
Woolwich1886, Sportskeeda

…talismans, those expectations accrue to Wilshere. Atlas shrugged under less (no, that’s not an Ayn Rand allusion). We still have another week or so before this interlull ends; by then, we may have Walcott and…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Oct 2014
Andrew M. Novakovic, The Hill (Washington, DC)

Reality reminds one of fiction. In Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, character Clem Weatherby, a “man from Washington,” tells Dagny Taggert, COO for Taggert Transcontinental Railroad that: “Well, my thought is that if you granted the unions’ wage raises … we might drop the question of cutting [freight] rates, for the time being.” Taggert later responds with…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Oct 2014
Friday 10 October 2014
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

Conservatives could stand to examine Ayn Rand’s literature a little more closely and less grudgingly and to take her ideas a little more seriously.

Let me start that process by recommending the top five things I think the right can learn from Ayn Rand.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Shane Croucher, International Business Times

The cause of changing people’s opinions about libertarianism is shared by many of its young advocates because they want to show the public that they aren’t a bunch of selfish Objectivists who go doe-eyed for Ayn Rand and Donald Trump. The young want libertarianism to grow up.

Salisbury-Jones of Liberty League doesn’t know any young British libertarians who have come to the movement via Rand, whose most famous novel is Atlas Shrugged.

“I think in the UK people are much more likely to identify as bleeding heart libertarians than Randians and how it can be applied to social justice rather than objectivism,” she says.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Oct 2014
Thursday 09 October 2014
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig

Sometimes I think the fact that so many Christians slavishly devote themselves to Ayn Rand is part of her infernal punishment. I imagine Satan periodically delivering her reams of praise for her work, all of it penned by delusional Christianist libertarian types. Thumbing through it on the way to her cell, I suspect the Prince of Darkness would be pleased, in part because the arguments so weak, and he loves lies; and in part because Rand is still doing the work of the devil posthumously, convincing Christians of her corrupt worldview. “Thanks for the hand, Rand,” I imagine him saying, while she despairs that all her would-be Galts are just doughy Christianists who hate income taxes.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 08 Oct 2014
Heather Wilhelm, RealClearPolitics

Five years ago, I wrote a column that earned more hate mail than all of my other columns combined. It wasn’t about an emotionally charged issue like abortion, euthanasia, or gay marriage. Nor did it advocate something dreadful like malls putting up Christmas decorations before Halloween, call for Oprah quotes on Starbucks cups, or applaud the practice of regularly reclining one’s seat in the economy-class “knee-cruncher” section of an airplane. It also, I might add, did not mention the band Nickelback.

What it did discuss was Ayn Rand.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2014
Wednesday 08 October 2014
Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

Klein has known the world was sinking deep into a “Capitalism vs. The Climate” global war since well before her last book, “The Shock Doctrine: Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” a historical survey of the conservative revolution launched after WWII by Nobel Economist Milton Friedman and “Atlas Shrugged” author Ayn Rand. That revolution sunk its roots deeper into American history under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan and Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 08 Oct 2014
Tuesday 07 October 2014
Hunter Baker, The Federalist

Poor Paul Ryan is probably still getting an earful from critics (many of them Christians) about his earlier enthusiasm for Ayn Rand. Somehow, he hadn’t gotten the memo on how disreputable the Russian émigré was and remains. Ryan must have missed “Dirty Dancing,” which has a famous scene in which a spoiled, rich, young man denies his responsibility to a working-class girl he has left pregnant. “Some people count and some don’t,” he says as he brandishes a copy of Rand’s “The Fountainhead.”

Now, if that’s what Rand says, then line her up with Adolf Hitler for history’s all-star firing squad. But is that what she said or intended?

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 07 Oct 2014
Monday 06 October 2014
Rolling Stone

The first film to face Travers’ scorn is the third installment of sci-fi/drama trilogy Atlas Shrugged, the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 literary opus. Travers “(lets) this one off easy” at Number 10 since at least “there’s no more of this crap” in the pipeline.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Iain G. Foulds, National Post (Toronto)

It is an insult to all Canadians that our government robs us the freedom to make our own economic decisions — whether buying groceries or television shows. It is an insult to all Canadians that our government violates the freedom of businesses to make their own economic decisions — whether selling groceries or television shows. To quote the immortal John Galt of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged when asked by government bureaucrats what they could do to help, he said, “Just get the hell out of the way.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Oct 2014