Wednesday 30 December 2015

Ayn Rand did not appear to share in the disapproval of extra-marital sex, if the chapter titled “Sacred and Profane” in Atlas Shrugged reflects her deeply held convictions. Much of what follows will engage Rand’s musings on the subject of sacred and profane and its bearing on relationships.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Dec 2015
Monday 28 December 2015
Mark Lore, Paste

Paste: …you’ve been asked about the influence the writings of Ayn Rand had on 2112. In your view, what’s the disconnect in how, say, Neil perceived her work 40 years ago versus Joe Conservative in 2015?

Lee: Well, I think there are a lot of messages Ayn Rand’s writing puts out there. And some of them are messages about individualism, and some of them are interpreted as very much a political statement of non-government involvement. For us, her point of individualism was more appropriate and influential in terms of compromise as an artist—her story of The Fountainhead, in particular, is a story of an architect who refuses to compromise his values and his aesthetics. And when you’re a young band that’s in a greedy business like the music business, and there’s so much pressure on you to compromise your music and write three-minute love songs, when you read a book like that it has a profound effect on you in terms of reinforcing your belief that it should be about making the music you want to make, and not the music someone else wants you to make in order to line their pockets. I mean, you can be Rand Paul and go out there and use Ayn Rand’s writing to justify why you cut taxes down to nothing. But that’s not what the fuck we’re talking about [laughs].

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Dec 2015
Friday 18 December 2015
Jimmy Spire Ssentongo, The Observer

Russian thinker Ayn Rand says that each human being “exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose”. This view has been reinforced by some evolutionary theorists who focus on competition and the ruthlessness of ‘survival for the fittest’.

However, the above explanation is not totally exclusive of the possibility of caring for others. From a selfish point of view, we would care for others because this would win us their love that would, by extension, make our lives better. By not caring for the wellbeing of our people, we are the architects of our own fear and insecurity.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Dec 2015
Thursday 17 December 2015
James Weirick, VICE News

…he was also an odd duck who didn’t adjust well during his deployment. Bergdahl has been described as “very idealistic” – he was for example enamored of the character John Galt from the novel Atlas Shrugged for his willingness to “put himself out front and sacrifice himself, you know, for the cause to stop the machine, stop the system, you know, whatever it might be.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 17 Dec 2015
Sunday 13 December 2015
James Delingpole, Breitbart

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has come up with an exciting new theory as to why the world’s economies are still proving reluctant to bomb themselves back to the dark ages in order to “combat climate change.”

Apparently, it’s all the fault of a certain uncompromising White Russian emigree:

Well, think about global warming from the point of view of someone who grew up taking Ayn Rand seriously, believing that the untrammeled pursuit of self-interest is always good and that government is always the problem, never the solution.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 10 Jun 2014
Thursday 10 December 2015
Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times

General Dahl testified that while Sergeant Bergdahl was naïve and unrealistic — and his concerns were unwarranted — he sincerely believed in what he was doing. He also said that Sergeant Bergdahl identified with John Galt, the hero in Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” and that almost everyone he met in the Army fell short of his idealistic expectations.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 10 Dec 2015
Thursday 19 November 2015
Elizabeth Licata, TheGloss

Nasty Gal

You are no angel. You’ve probably committed a petty crime or two, but somehow never got caught. (Maybe you got caught by your mom, but she was too embarrassed to make you suffer any consequences for it.) You like skin-tight jumpsuits, fringe, glitter makeup, and Ayn Rand.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Nov 2015
Lauren Whalen, Chicagoist

As a friend and former first-dater said, “If nothing else, I always got a good beer.” Don’t be put off by the possible Ayn Rand reference in the name, or you’ll miss out on the ideal first date spot. Casual yet classy, this Ravenswood gastropub…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Nov 2015
Friday 13 November 2015
Rob Price, Business Insider

…the focus was on the ideological predecessors of the technology, and where [Nick] Szabo sees it heading.

At the offset, he framed it as the product of thinkers like the objectivist author and philosopher Ayn Rand, and economist and political theorist Friedrich Hayek.

Rand is famous for her vigorous defences of capitalism and espousal of selfishness as a virtue. Szabo admitted that he has “never finished one of her books,” but finds her “very influential nonetheless.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2015
Saturday 07 November 2015
David K. Shipler, New York Times

Along with six other books opposed by conservative parents in a wealthy school district near Dallas, my book “The Working Poor: Invisible in America,” a nonideological portrayal of lives near the bottom, was suspended from the English curriculum at Highland Park High School, where it had been used in advanced placement classes.

The suspension brought national ridicule directed against the Highland Park school system, and after two weeks, the superintendent reinstated the seven books. But parents still had a right to file formal challenges to any of them, and Meg Bakich did so in December against “The Working Poor.” For the ­college-level course she suggested as alternatives two books meant for 8- to 12-year-olds, in addition to two others by conservative authors: Ayn Rand and Ben Carson.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Nov 2015
Donna Brazile, Muscatine Journal (IA)
Capitalism   Paul Ryan   Mixed  

Ryan has his contradictions. He was a fan of the Russian-born novelist Ayn Rand, whose works celebrated self-centered capitalism. He told her followers on her 100th birthday in 2005 that she shaped his values. But, when he ran for vice president, Ryan denied his Ayn Rand discipleship as “urban legend.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2015
John Gehring, National Catholic Reporter

His Georgetown critics also called out Ryan’s infatuation with a libertarian icon.

“In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.” While Ryan not long ago cited Rand as an intellectual hero who inspired him to enter politics, he has since distanced himself from the atheist philosopher. “If somebody is going to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas,” Ryan told the National Review, referencing the 13th century Dominican friar and giant of Catholic theology. “Don’t give me Ayn Rand.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 Nov 2015