Randex

Wednesday 02 July 2014
Mixed
James Hamblin, The Atlantic Monthly

Self-described “lunatic-fringe disruptors” depict U.S. healthcare like one of Ayn Rand’s dystopias. The $2.7 trillion industry lacks accountability for exorbitant costs. The system incentivizes doctors (and hospitals) to do tests and procedures, instead of paying them to do their jobs—keeping people healthy. It’s like paying carpenters to use nails.

“I believe we are on the cusp of an oil rush—a fabulous revolution of profit-making and cost-saving in health care,” disruptor Jonathan Bush told a rapt audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week. In the Rand comparison, Bush might be John Galt—were he not exuding as much benevolence as relentless capitalism. And he’s not giving up on the system; he’s trying to upend it.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Jul 2014
Negative
Reid Wilson, Washington Post

– “Our average voter is not John Galt,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told conservatives gathered at a D.C. think tank earlier this year. “Hymns to entrepreneurialism are, as a practical matter, largely irrelevant.” A deep dive into the world of the Republican Reformicon in this week’s New York Times Magazine.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Jul 2014
Monday 30 June 2014
Baltimore City Paper

…is charity"). Jay’s come-up is a “bootstraps” tale if I’ve heard one, with a dickhead denouement that the right would normally view as delightfully Randian. But the racist, anti-women arm of the country must still contort the couple’s importance into something nefarious…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jun 2014
Negative
Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

Most religions profess a deep affinity for peace (while drenching history in blood in the name of religion, but whatever). Why should religious pacifists be compelled to pay taxes that subsidize war? Why should Randians, believers in Atlas Shrugged, the bible for dorm-room free-market evangelists, be forced to support the evil that is government?

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jun 2014

…the success of Uber increased his desirability to women: “Yeah, we call that the Boob-er.” For a time, Kalanick’s Twitter avatar was the cover of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead—which he has repeatedly said was not the sort of bold political statement some have made it out to be. (In other interviews,…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jun 2014
Sunday 29 June 2014
Thomas Frank, Salon

…terms – no matter how poor you are, no matter what party you belong to. So it’s the common carrier idea? The common carrier idea, that’s right. Ayn Rand talks a little about that in “Atlas Shrugged.” What does she say? She doesn’t like it. She doesn’t like it! Yeah. It’s one of the weakling…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2014
Jon Talton, The Seattle Times

…of history and fantasy are in control. This is now a party that would not allow Ronald Reagan to win a school-board primary. The fantasy is that an Ayn Rand “free market” of heroic capitalists will succeed if only government gets out of the way of the hidden hand. The real world doesn’t work this…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2014
Friday 27 June 2014

…pool their wages with the fans, before shyly retiring to their modest homes and ascetic lifestyles.) In any case, are American sports really a Randian festival of untrammelled capitalist heroics, as she claims? Besides being more arcane, bureaucratic and hyper-managed than anything the Soviet Union…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jun 2014
Thursday 26 June 2014
Craig Biddle, The Objective Standard

…a remarkably positive view of selfishness. Bear in mind while reading the following passage that Herbert lived and wrote several decades before Ayn Rand developed Objectivism—so: before the formation of the principle that being selfish is the essence of being moral and that being genuinely…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jun 2014
Tuesday 24 June 2014

…and billionaires basically can buy elections. The rich deserve greater because they’re exceptional, says the social Darwinism plucked directly from Ayn Rand’s half-baked objectivism. It’s at the core of the farcical efforts to seize federal lands and the willingness to gut public education. Think of…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Jun 2014
The Week

…f you haven’t seen Atlas Shrugged Ior Atlas Shrugged II,you’re hardly alone: both film adaptations of Ayn Rand’s novel fared poorly at the box office, but the filmmakers evidently haven’t received the free market’s message. Contrary to Randian logic, a…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Jun 2014
Jon Alexander Opinion Editor, Times-News (Twin Falls, ID)

…and billionaires basically can buy elections. The rich deserve greater because they’re exceptional, says the social Darwinism plucked directly from Ayn Rand’s half-baked objectivism. It’s at the core of the farcical efforts to seize federal lands and the willingness to gut public education. Think of…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Jun 2014