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Thursday 06 June 2013
Negative
Alison Flood, The Guardian (London)

Authors “need editors and we need publishers and we need booksellers”, said Green, adding that he was not in the “widget-selling” or the “profit-maximisation” business. “I’m in the book business, the idea-sharing, consciousness-expanding, storytelling business,” said the novelist. “And I am not going to get out of that business. So fuck Ayn Rand and fuck any company that profits from peddling the lie of mere individualism. We built this together and we’re going to keep building it together.”

Posted almost 6 years ago Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
Wednesday 05 June 2013
Neutral
Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism

Mechanism design theory was developed in parallel to Michael Jensen’s work that led to modern executive compensation. Jensen criticized existing executive compensation as paying CEOs as if they were “bureaucrats” and argued that it led CEOs to shirk effort and avoid taking productive risks. These variants of the classic “unfaithful agent” problem were reminiscent of Ayn Rand’s premise of the CEOs going on a mass strike, but here the strike was against the board of directors and the cause was their “inadequate” pay.

Posted almost 6 years ago Publication date: 05 Jun 2013
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Positive
Watch List News

…of a series of six filmed before a live audience. Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 04, 2013 “‘Value’ is that which one acts to gain and keep,” wrote Ayn Rand, “'virtue’ is the action by which one gains and keeps it.” The Atlas Society has published another educational video on the major virtues: this…

Posted almost 6 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2013
Negative
Sierra Salin, San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch

We need SOME rules and policy, to keep us from becoming both a “Randian” bunch of industrialists mistaking finite Natural systems for endless resources, and the demolicans and republicrats jabbering away…

Posted almost 6 years ago Publication date: 03 Jun 2013
Negative
Paul Krugman, New York Times - The Conscience of a Liberal

We have a modern GOP in which Paul Ryan is considered a policy wonk, the leading intellectual among elected officials — and he gets his ideas about monetary policy by quoting from Atlas Shrugged.

Posted almost 6 years ago Publication date: 04 Jun 2013
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 almost 6 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 almost 6 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 almost 6 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 almost 6 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 about 6 years ago Publication date: 12 Apr 2014