Randex

Saturday 12 July 2014
Negative
Lew Rockwell, Mises Daily (Ludwig von Mises Institute)

If something is in your economic interest, of course, it’s very easy to think it’s okay, and everybody is trained to believe that anybody who is resisting the U.S. is an untermensch who deserves to be killed, deserves to have his throat slit, and that’s true of his wife and children and his grandparents and so forth, too. They made the mistake of Leonard Peikoff, the horrible guy who is Ayn Rand’s successor as the head of the Ayn Rand Institute, who said you can kill everybody. He was for nuking all Arabs, and I guess he still is, but he was arguing for this. And he was asked the question about non-combatants. He said they are living in that country; therefore, they are responsible.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 12 Jul 2014
Friday 11 July 2014
Mixed
Marcos Ordóñez, El País (Madrid)

…porque, mientras el montaje y las interpretaciones siguen a gran altura, el texto elegido (una adaptación de El manantial, la millonaria novela de Ayn Rand) me resulta una extraña opción por parte de su director, Ivo Van Hove, que ha llevado a la escena materiales mucho más sustanciosos, como…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Jul 2014
Thursday 10 July 2014
Negative
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

s Paul Ryan an earnest, fiscally responsible wonk looking to make government more efficient, or an Ayn Rand–influenced ideologue determined to stop government from taking rich people’s money? This has been a long-standing debate between people like me and Ryan’s admirers in the political press corps. It is also a question of long-standing debate with Ryan defenders on the center-right like Ross Douthat, who once again defends his faith in Ryan’s hidden, subtextual, implied, or yet to fully emerge pragmatic impulses. Since Douthat likewise takes another opportunity to eye-roll my more direct, text-based reading of Ryan’s ideology (“a Randian Ryan or an apocalyptic Ryan or any other interpretation of his record Chait prefers”), the time seems right to summarize the evidence for my case.

So, here are seven things Paul Ryan has done that suggest Ayn Rand has influenced him…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Jul 2014
Sunday 06 July 2014
Negative
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

…of Ryan’s analysis of Obama. In unguarded moments, before his rapid ascent to party thought leader, heannounced, “we are right now living in an Ayn Rand novel” — the inevitable death spiral of collectivism prophesized by Rand that would culminate in a kind of economic end times — while decrying…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 07 Jul 2014
Thursday 03 July 2014
Mixed
PBS

Ayn Rand, (1905-1982), was an American author and social critic. Her books serve mainly as a means of expressing her philosophies. Literary critics tend to see them as marred by a tendency to instruct the reader.

Rand’s best-known novels are THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1943) and ATLAS SHRUGGED (1957). Both present a moral and economic philosophy, called Objectivism, based on individualism and self-interest. These novels express the belief that original ideas are the main force in the world and that creative individuals deserve to profit from their ideas. The heroes represent disciplined, rational people of action who reject organized religion. In THE FOUNTAINHEAD, an architect destroys a housing project in which his ideas had been altered. In ATLAS SHRUGGED, one of the central characters calls a “mind strike,” during which all creative people withhold their ideas from the rest of the world. The strike reveals that society cannot exist without creative genius.

Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She moved to the United States in 1926 and became a U.S. citizen in 1931. Her novels WE THE LIVING (1936) and ANTHEm (1938) reflect her early life in Russia. Both novels express her revolt against socialist forms of government. Rand also wrote about her philosophies in such works of nonfiction as FOR THE NEW INTELLECTUAL (1961), THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS (1964), and CAPITALISM, THE UNKNOWN IDEAL (1966).

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2014
Wednesday 02 July 2014
Positive
Imma Fernández, El Periodico (Barcelona)

«Una batalla de ideas y de pasiones. La lucha entre el idealismo y el oportunismo, entre el individualismo y la colectividad». Así resume el director belga Ivo van Hove The Fountainhead (La deu), la adaptación del best-seller de Ayn Rand El manantial con el que regresa hoy al Grec (en el Lliure de Montjuïc hasta el viernes) tras el aclamado Tragèdies romanes con el que triunfó el pasado verano.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Jul 2014
Saturday 28 June 2014

…Tom Skerrit), un cliente riquísimo. «Lo tiene todo. ¿Por qué se siente tan acorralado?». «Porque hay más gente que quiere que gente que tiene. Lea a Ayn Rand». «Oh, Dios mío. ¿Ha leído sus libros? Son horribles». «Bueno, no pretenden ser “Moby Dick”. Son para hacerte pensar». «Un tipo bombardea un…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jun 2014
Friday 27 June 2014
Patriot Post

…speculation and imaginings from a medley of diverse sources (Greek, Roman, Jewish; theosophies and mysteries of the East). Neo-Gnostics bypass objectivism (truth/reality) for transcendent experiences. The apostle Paul warned Pastor Timothy of “the gnosis [knowledge], which is falsely so called.”…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jun 2014
Monday 23 June 2014
John Fonte, National Review Online

…the American Enterprise Institute panel discussion launching the book, National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru explained that reform conservatism is  “not Randian individualism,” and that the Right should not cede the concept of “community” to the Left. The neo-Tocquevillian vision of reform conservatism is…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jun 2014
Thursday 19 June 2014
Jennifer Harper, Washington Times

…environment in which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other al Qaeda offshoots will thrive.” THE BIG SHRUG The third and final version of “Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?” will be in theaters in September, complete with cameo appearances by, among others, Ron Paul, independent media maven Glenn…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Jun 2014
Sunday 15 June 2014

…from the monster within himself.“ Several days after he vanished, a box containing his blue spiral-bound journal, Apple laptop, a copy of the novel "Atlas Shrugged,” military records and other items arrived at the home of his close friend Kim Harrison, whom Sgt. Bergdahl designated in his Army paperwork as…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Jun 2014
Stephanie McCrummen, Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, SC)

…the monster within himself.“ Several days after he vanished, a box containing his blue spiral-bound journal, his Apple laptop, a copy of the novel "Atlas Shrugged,” military records and other items arrived at the home of his close friend Kim Harrison, whom Bergdahl designated in his Army paperwork as the…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Jun 2014