Randex

Saturday 02 April 2016
Mixed
Heledd Pritchard, Wales Online

Sheen… posted on Twitter: “Showing up 3 days late as China puts 46% tariff on our steel after you blocked EU tariffs on theirs? At least Ayn Rand said what she meant.”

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 02 Apr 2016
Friday 01 January 2016
Adam Lee, Patheos

Obligatory note: John Galt has commandeered the airwaves – all airwaves everywhere, apparently – to deliver his ultimatum to the world, explaining that most of humanity is going to die for not obeying him. Usually, that sort of thing is a pretty clear indicator of a supervillain.

And now, the thing that Atlas Shrugged is most infamous for. We’ve seen Ayn Rand pause the action so her characters can give speeches before, but this one leaves all the others in the dust. Aside from these introductory scenes, this entire chapter – the longest in the book, 65 pages of tiny type in my paperback version – is devoted entirely to John Galt’s speech.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 01 Jan 2016
Thursday 31 December 2015
W.D. Wetherell, Valley News (White River Junction, VT)

Libertarians and conservatives who worship Ayn Rand — and a presidential candidate named after her — should keep in mind Whittaker Chambers’ (no liberal he) famous critique of her superman “makers” held back by untermensch “takers”: “From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding ‘To a gas chamber — go!’ ”

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 31 Dec 2015
Lior Zaltzman, Jewish Daily Forward (New York)

“The Age of Selflessness” by Daryl Cunningham

A graphic novel about our favorite grumpy Jewish aunt, Ayn Rand? Count us in!

“The Age of Selflessness” starts of with Ayn Rand, her fascinating and complicated life story and her philosophy and its legacy, markedly its effect on another notable Jew, Alan Greenspan.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 31 Dec 2015

Tops & Bottoms…. tells the slightly creepy, Ayn Rand-ish story of a cunning farmer hare who takes advantage of a land-owning bear’s lethargy by conning him into accepting the undesirable parts of vegetables (tops for carrots, bottoms for broccoli). The hare ends up with a prosperous farm stand while the bear learns a valuable lesson about capitalism, or something.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 31 Dec 2015
Larry Edwards, Skagit Valley Herald (Mount Vernon, WA)

…columnist Jay Ambrose pooh-poohed the risk of climate change by using words such as “merely believing,” “alleged” and “supposedly” in referring to facts underlying global warming. Most of his column borrows from a book by Alex Epstein, an aggressive climate change denier, who follows the philosophy of Ayn Rand, the prophetess of “selfishness.”

At the Peoples Climate Change march last March in New York, he harassed marchers while carrying a placard that read “I (heart) fossil fuels.” His book is praised by The Heartland Institute, the Koch brothers’ climate change-denying think tank that previously had criticized the pope for “venturing outside the realm of religion” and “issuing opinions in areas of science.”

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 31 Dec 2015
Jim Tankersley, Washington Post
Negative  

[Matt] Ridley is the best-selling author of “The Rational Optimist” and a member of the British House of Lords, though his new book often reads like the diatribe of a freshmen who just discovered Ayn Rand. Still, it arrives at an opportune moment in American politics. “The Evolution of Everything” is a preview of what America would sound like if the country were to lose faith entirely — in institutions, in public servants, in the very idea that heroes and villains exist.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Dec 2015
Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI)

“The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis,” by Darryl Cunningham. A pointed work of cartoon nonfiction begins with a biography of philosopher-novelist Rand, paying close to attention to points where her life deviated from her ideas, before moving on to tie those ideas to the financial crisis of 2008 and to former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 31 Dec 2015
Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter - Distinctly Catholic
Satire   Negative  

Acton Institute President Fr. Robert Sirico announced that a previously undisclosed archeological project undertaken by the libertarian group has unearthed an ancient papyrus with texts of key Bible passages.…

“We just knew that there had to be something missing in the texts as we had received them over the centuries,” Fr. Sirico told a press conference announcing the find. “We were especially pleased to find these new texts in a fifth Gospel, according to Ayn Rand, amongst the ancient documents.”

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 31 Dec 2015
Wednesday 30 December 2015
Katie McVay, The Frisky
Negative  

The Ayn Rand Lover/Libertarian - Libertarians are people who read a Nietzsche quote on a desk calendar once and cemented up their worldview. No emotional children in 2k16.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Dec 2015
Tuesday 29 December 2015
Carlos Lozada, Washington Post

The case for conservative civil disobedience (If “Atlas Shrugged” had been written by a despondent social scientist instead of a dyspeptic novelist, it would read a lot like Charles Murray’s “By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission.”)

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Dec 2015
Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter - Distinctly Catholic

Some Catholics try and hide their admiration for libertarian thought, and denounce the atheism of Ayn Rand, but the problem with Rand was not just her atheism, it was her entire intellectual approach. I was delighted to see Cardinal Sean O’Malley remind Catholics in his Christmas message that the excessive individualism she peddled is “poison.”

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Dec 2015