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Wednesday 09 March 2016
Mixed
Mitch Ryals, Pacific Northwest Islander (Spokane, WA)

Because you can tell a lot about people by the sticker on the back of their car.

[Photo: “Atlas is Shrugging” bumper sticker.]

Honestly, after all this, even Atlas doesn’t even care who you vote for.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 09 Mar 2016
Monday 07 March 2016
Positive
Vyjay Rao, Huffington Post

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” These profound words of Ayn Rand, who gave us such powerful novels like ’The Fountainhead’ and ’Atlas Shrugged’, epitomizes the spirit of womanhood.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Mar 2016
Thursday 03 March 2016
Neutral
Andrew McCarron, SBC News

Best Book

I have just finished Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” which took almost 2 years to complete so I don’t get through too many books!

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Mar 2016
Wednesday 02 March 2016
Positive
Brian Doherty, Reason

[Tyler] Cowen goes on to point out the special dangers Donald Trump running the executive branch might pose….

Lots of libertarians, and normal humans as well, learned the overarching basics of that lesson many years ago from Ayn Rand in her novel Atlas Shrugged. (Yes, the same Rand who most anti-Trump crusaders consider a terribly dangerous and ignorant menace.)

In the context of her terrifying tale of a nation and an economy brought to practical and moral ruin by an overpowerful government driven by a veneer of phony altruism, her character Dr. Floyd Ferris tells metal magnate Henry Rearden:

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws….just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers…“

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Mar 2016
Tuesday 01 March 2016
Negative
Stefan Stern, Management Today (United Kingdom)

Timing is everything. As US voters roar their disapproval at an economy that feels rigged, in which protected elites prosper while almost everybody else finds life a struggle, along comes a book which declares that all this fretting over inequality is misguided.

Inequality is a ‘non-problem’, say Don Watkins and Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute (more of her later). The American Dream is under threat, not because of howling gaps between rich and poor, but because the dead hand of government is stifling opportunity.

The authors are true Ayn Rand acolytes, and share some of her zingers: 'The man at the bottom who, left to himself, would starve in his hopeless ineptitude, contributes nothing to those above him, but receives the bonus of all of their brains.’

This is the book’s problem: it is too faithful to the authors’ chilly heroine.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Mar 2016
Monday 29 February 2016
Positive
The Examiner

…the movement was founded by three incredible female writers: They were identified in Brian Doherty’s book Radicals for Capitalism (the free market kind of capitalism, not the Marxian/Engels corporatist kind) as Rose Wilder Lane (The Discovery of Freedom), Isabel Paterson (The God of the Machine) and Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Feb 2016
Wednesday 24 February 2016
Positive
Ellis Washington, RenewAmerica

There are many similarities between Donald Trump and John Galt. Both have very excellent educations having survived the Marxist indoctrination camps called colleges and came out on the other side with their moral, intellectual, and political worldviews stronger than ever. Trump graduated with honors from the famed Wharton School of Business at the Ivy-League University of Pennsylvania. Galt attended a prestigious university and majored in physics and philosophy, and following graduation, he became a successful engineer and inventor at the Twentieth Century Motor Company, where he designs an innovative new motor powered by static electricity naturally existing in nature.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 23 Feb 2016
Sunday 21 February 2016
Positive
Steven Krage, Chicago Now

“Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not hurt badly, the first three questions in your mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do?”Ayn Rand, “Philosophy: Who Needs It.” (Bobbs-Merrill 1982)

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Feb 2016
Positive
Swati Bukshi, Gulf News (Dubai)

Atlas Shrugged”, written in 1957 by philosopher and writer Ayn Rand, is a big, powerful work that clearly defines the way we should live, think and feel in the objectivist universe.

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During my teen and young adult years this book and Rand’s other works had a sweeping impact on our internet-free generations, when we felt connected to the world through such musings. The book evoked love and disdain in equal measure.

Leafing through a tattered copy at a later stage in life, I regret not being able to identify with the black and white value system as much, but there is no doubt that searching for the answer of ‘Who is John Galt’ still reverberates through our collective conscious.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 20 Feb 2016
Friday 19 February 2016
Neutral
Fædrelandsvennen

Jeg leste med interesse Tarjei Leer-Salvesens kronikk om Ayn Rand (17.02.).

Som flyktning fra Sovjet kom hun til USA i 1926, ble statsborger i 1931 og utviklet et høyst særpreget og omstridt forfatterskap som har skaffet henne mange fans på høyresida. Så langt, så vel. Men så utleder han sitt «paradoks», nemlig at mens «i Sylvi Listhaugs politikk skal lykkejegere stoppes på grensen», så var det USA som tok imot Rand «svært forskjellig fra dagens Norge».

Ja, det skal gudene vite, og her viser kronikøren skrøbelige kunnskaper om amerikansk immigrasjonspraksis. «Hvis ikke USA hadde åpnet sine grenser» (for Rand), skriver han og gir nærmest inntrykk av at det var 1920-åras standard. Intet er mer feil.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Feb 2016
Thursday 18 February 2016
Negative
Denise Cummins, Psychology Today

[Updated version of an NPR column.]

To those who take issue with my presentation of Rand’s condemnation of altruism, I encourage them to click on the links in the article to read Rand’s own words from original sources. She did indeed embrace rational self-interest as the pinnacle of human fulfillment, and did in fact believe altruism (or any kind of self-sacrifice for others) to be biologically impossible and therefore simply the result of social indoctrination.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Feb 2016
Positive
Michael Hurd, DrHurd.com - Daily Dose of Reason

[Denise Cummins] does not cite any of Rand’s ideas by quoting them, and demonstrating what logical errors or fallacies she finds in the quotes. It’s unclear that she ever even read a word of Atlas Shrugged, or any other of Ayn Rand’s writings. She seems to take it for granted that she need not do so; that perhaps she’s above doing so, and you should be too. This is not reason. This is not sophisticated, intellectual proof. She might hide behind her role as a psychological researcher and writer funded mostly by government dollars, but this does not make her right, or accurate.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Feb 2016