Randex

Friday 18 July 2014
Mixed

Mendelsohn: I think there is a little more to it than just Ayn Rand. I could understand if the title character in the 2112 suite was named John Galt, but the album’s lyrical content lifts only loose ideas from Rand’s earlier work Anthem. It wasn’t until her later novels, Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, that she really got into the Objectivism. I read Rand’s books because of 2112. I enjoyed Anthem, found Fountainhead to be entertaining if not a bit overbearing, and I contemplated suicide as I slogged through Atlas Shrugged. Having read Rand and listened to a lot of Rush, I can tell you that Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson, and Lee are anything but Rand acolytes. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a bit Objectivist, especially when it comes to recording their music. After Rush’s 1975 effort Caress of Steel flopped commercially, their record label pushed the group to record something a little more radio-friendly. Instead, Rush went into the studio and put together 2112. If that isn’t a least a little self-centered, I don’t know what is. But I think that is the real stumbling block for critics when it comes to Rush — the band just does whatever they want and most of the time it takes the form of a ten-minute song with several extended solos.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Jul 2014
Thursday 17 July 2014
Positive
Frank Worley-Lopez, PanAm Post - The Canal

I am calling on business owners, large and small, across Puerto Rico to close their doors for 24 hours on September 2, 2014. The date is known as Atlas Shrugged Day, in honor of the date repeatedly mentioned in the Ayn Rand book Atlas Shrugged. In the book, one by one, men of industry, the movers and the shakers of the world, simply disappeared. They quit, closed their businesses, and walked away, driving the economy, already destroyed by over regulation and union madness, into even bigger disarray.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 17 Jul 2014
Wednesday 16 July 2014
Negative
Matt Vella, Time

The [Six Californias] idea is an ego trip of Randian proportions, a Galt’s Gulch kitted with Google Glass and $70,000 electric Teslas. It has its roots in the Valley’s libertarianism. This is a place, after all, where Facebook investor Peter Thiel is funding a floating utopia, venture capitalist Balaji Srinivasan has proposed a deregulated territory devoted to radical experimentation, and Elon Musk has toyed with the idea of a Martian colony. A place, in other words, that not only knows what it wants but thinks it knows what’s best for the rest.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Neutral
cjanerun01, SB Nation - Every Day Should Be Saturday

Bo Pellini got started with the Fountainhead, but he really got rarin’ when he started Atlas Shrugged. He knows this Ayn Rand guy was a cat man, like himself, but he really thinks that objectivism has something to offer the Nebraska football program.“If my own happiness is the moral purpose of my life,” he thought, “and reason my only absolute, then shit, Ameer Abdullah is running out of the wildcat!”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Negative
Duncan Black, USA Today

The family business of one of the primary characters of Ayn Rand’s libertarian treatise Atlas Shrugged was railroads, but such railways couldn’t realistically be created without government. The assembly of rights-of-way necessary for transportation networks, road or rail, requires state intervention.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Negative
Tony Adler, Chicago Reader

…of French-Caribbean extraction, with an accent and a taste for scenarios out of The Story of O to prove it. Regine’s mate is Roger, who probably read Atlas Shrugged at an impressionable age and took it deeply to heart. Roger is smug, territorial, and an energetic perseverator in his own right. These folks…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Negative
Brian Beutler, The New Republic

Speaking over a year later at no less a temple to capitalism than the American Enterprise Institute, the GOP Senate leader himself borrowed Ponnuru’s observation. Republicans, Mitch McConnell lamented, “have often lost sight of the fact that our average voter is not John Galt.”

Outside the precincts of elite conservatism, this sounded like a penetrating glimpse into the obvious. But it was actually a pretty big breakthrough.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Positive
Dick Morris, dickmorris.com

I recently decided to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. As a liberal, I had never considered it and as a conservative, never gotten around to it. Last night, I read an eloquent statement by Dr. Hendricks, a character in the novel who was on strike and refused to donate his services to State run medicine. It is worth pondering today. It echoes the cri de coeur of every doctor in America…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Jul 2014
Neutral
Dagobot, Big Shiny Robot!

…dialogue. A few thoughts (Spoilers ahead): Did you pick up on all the various economic theories, theologies and philosophies? The ones I noticed were Objectivism by Ayn Rand (right down to the great man and the train.) NeoLiberalism (I just heard a story about the history of neo liberalism and it made me think…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Positive
Scott Holleran, Scott Holleran

I’ll get right to the fact that Atlas Shrugged 3 gives Rand’s brilliant story a happy and, even on its terms, undeserved ending. With an awful cast (the emaciated actress playing Dagny this time misinterprets the character’s rationality as a blank slate) and forementioned transgressions peppered throughout the 90-plus minute picture, the movie pastes a news montage and begins in earnest with a poorly staged adaptation of the 20th Century Motor Company scene. Everyone looks like an actor and the extras overemote.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
Negative
Tom Johnson, NewsBusters

Every so often a liberal pundit argues that even though Paul Ryan considers himself Catholic, his beliefs (on economics, at least) are closer to those of Ayn Rand than those of the Vatican. In a Friday piece for AlterNet, atheist writer CJ Werleman, author of books such as God Hates You. Hate Him Back, made a similar but far broader charge, claiming that Republicans in general routinely “conflate…Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with the Bible.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
Monday 14 July 2014
Negative
Thomas Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer

Our average voter is not John Galt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said, referring to the libertarian hero in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged during a May forum at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute.

“Hymns to entrepreneurialism are, as a practical matter, largely irrelevant,” McConnell said.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Jul 2014