Sunday 05 October 2014
Giulio Prisco, Crypto Coin News

The discussions of cryptography on the list were informed by a strong Libertarian stance that was characteristic of the early phase of Extropy, similar to the philosophy of Ayn Rand’s hero John Galt. The ideological framework is outlined in Max More’s “The Principles of Extropy,” and the following passages are especially relevant…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Oct 2014
Haim Shine, Israel Hayom

Students divided into camps, following one of two professors who offered polar opposite responses to the horrors of war. One group followed Dr. Moshe Kroy, who preached pure, absolute egoism: Everyone had to look out for himself and let whatever happened, happen. The theory of egoism from the school of Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged,” held a certain charm for the soldiers who had paid a terrible price for the failures of the leadership elected to represent us all. Belief in the leaders was broken, and everyone had to draw his own conclusions. Things got to the point where students were charging to copy their notes, even friends who were absent due to extended reserve duty.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Oct 2014
Saturday 04 October 2014
David Rooks, Rapid City Journal (SD)

As a freshman at Mount Marty, I lay lounging in the dayroom of Whitby Hall after basketball practice one mild October evening. Soon, Brooklyn’s own hyperkinetic Andrew Bernstein, a senior Philosophy major, came shucking and jiving into the room (it was the 70’s). Bernstein immediately challenged me: “So – whattayagonnabe whenyagrowup? he snarled. I really hadn’t given it much thought. “I don’t know – political science … a lawyer, maybe.” The Jewish hoopster bent over as if punched. After a quick “I’ll be right back,” he flew to his room on the third floor and was back in a minute. No soapbox handy, a little out of breath, A. Bernstein stepped on a chair (I kid thee not.) In one hand he gripped a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged…”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Evan McMurry, AlterNet

On Last Week Tonight, perhaps to balance out his less-than-friendly main segment on Obama’s drone policies, John Oliver asked a question that has bothered people about Ayn Rand since she first emerged in the middle of the twentieth century: why are people into this dreck?

Rand was the founder of Objectivism, a sub-Nietzschean philosophy that glorified selfishness and denigrated altruism, aggressively detailed in two novels bearing both the weight and prose style of a cement brick. Not surprisingly, this organized atavism never gained serious purchase: during her lifetime she was rejected by everyone from literary critics to philosophy professors to Frank Lloyd Wright, who didn’t appreciate her cribbing protagonist Howard Roark from his biography.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Oct 2014
Friday 03 October 2014
Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds

Someone far funnier than I am described “adults” infatuated with the Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand as being like the geek who discovered OMD in the 8th grade, had his mind blown and subsequently never gave up on the idea that they were the greatest group in the history of recorded music!

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Sep 2014
Gena Rinckey, Watchdog Wire (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity)

The John Galt Dress is made of the highest quality snow white satin, which is this year’s “trend-setting” color and fabric. The dress features a daring plunging neckline signifying that the bride is an entrepreneurial “risk taker.” It flows with a “train” that captures the spirit of capitalism that comes with the corporate image of Taggert Transcontinental Railroad. The back is modestly open, showing the transparency of the bride as she enters into a lifetime of being faithful to one man.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Adam Lee, Patheos

…heroes, like Francisco d’Anconia, Rearden and John Galt, have an inborn genius that owes nothing to formal education. Why was Ayn Rand so down on higher education? I can think of several answers. One could simply be that this is a Take That against the institutions of higher education that never took her seriously as a philosopher and denied her the recognition she craved.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Oct 2014
Thursday 02 October 2014
Erica Wagner, New Statesman

Towards the end of our talk we come back to the importance of kindness. “It’s massively underrated,” he says. “And the good things that happen in the world only happen because of it. There are the invisible volunteers; and if you have a foot in the special-needs world, my God, the people you meet.

“This is how the world keeps spinning. It’s not Ayn Rand’s Atlas, it’s not the oligarchs, it’s the utterly obscure, kind people. That’s how we all get through the night.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
akadjian, Daily Kos

Radical Republicans own the party and are pursuing a Galt’s Gulch-like “utopia” first sketched out by extremists like Ayn Rand. Governor Sam Brownback is one of several Republican governors trying…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Wednesday 01 October 2014
Frank Jacobs, Big Think

Ayn Rand almost called her last novel The Strike, but felt that her magnum opus deserved a more symbolic, less descriptive title. She settled on Atlas Shrugged, as explained by this conversation between two of the book’s characters: “Mr. Rearden,” said Francisco, his voice solemnly calm…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Oct 2014
Nellie Bowles, Re/code

Damania said there’s a tendency to say the suicides were just a fluke or a coincidence, but that they’re actually a fundamental problem with entrepreneurship.

“It’s a symptom of this performance,” he said.

It’s part of an ultra-individualistic, stoic ethos similar to one espoused by philosopher Ayn Rand.

“Founders are the worst,” he said. “There’s a Randian — I must be the John Galt — feeling. You can be as liberated as you want, but there’s a web of connectivity, and they forget.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Oct 2014
The Daily Times (Delware County, PA)

It sounds like “Cato” is just regurgitating Ayn Rand’s drivel in their latest Sound Off, which is nothing more than a justification for being greedy. What’s funny is that “Cato” has called in stuff about traditional values too, but these two things don’t go together, because traditional American values would say to help your fellow man out, not be greedy like something out of “Atlas Shrugged.”

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014