Randex

Sunday 02 June 2013
Negative

…the selection of Greenspan, a staunch Republican whose close ties to Ayn Rand’s Objectivism were already well known, drew sharp rebukes from politicians across the aisle. One Democratic representative said that “Greenspan is such an ideologue that he will more than likely cave in to ideological pressures.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Jun 2013
Saturday 01 June 2013
Negative
Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times (London)

[Larry] Page was displaying, as [Eric] Schmidt often does, a sinister impatience with government, which means, in a liberal democracy, with tried and trusted ways of doing things. Politicians, suicidally, are easily seduced by this – Cameron and Osborne are just two examples. In the midst of a US inquiry into Apple’s tax position, Senator Rand Paul tweeted, “Apple has done more to enrich people’s lives than politicians will ever do.” To believe that is to hand over our fate to the big companies and to abuse the very idea of democracy.

Among some members of the Silicon Valley elites, this is all backed up by an adoration of the excremental novelist and infantile philosopher Ayn Rand. She was a virulent despiser of the state, who once had Alan Greenspan under her influence. Astonishingly, she has recently made a comeback and many technocats ascribe their success to following her quasi-fascist, anti-democratic principles.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Jun 2013
Positive
Robert Metz and Robert Vaughan, Just Right (CHRW 94.9 FM, U of Western ON, London)

…your browser. Topics: 00:07 Insufficient Philosophy: technology, science, political knowledge, social knowledge, capitalism, moral foundation, Yaron Brook, Ted Harlson, reality, reason, self, consent, neo-conservatives, Ayn Rand, collectivism, socialism, fascism, communism 20:26 What’s Black And White…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 23 May 2013
Positive
Robert Metz and Robert Vaughan, Just Right (CHRW 94.9 FM, U of Western ON, London)

…clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. Topics: 00:07 Journey Into Selfishness: Dr. Yaron Brook, capitalism most moral system, sacrifice, individual pursuit of happiness, rational self interest, socialism, morality, Ayn Rand, cronyism 09:26…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 30 May 2013
Friday 12 April 2013
Negative
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 5 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2014