Randex

Tuesday 30 September 2014
InsuranceNewsNet.com

Atlas Shrugged, the Ayn Rand novel that Paul Ryan often cites as inspiration for the ideology he and many other House Republicans share, says this about compromise - and I quote: ‘There are two sides to every issue; one is right, and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.’ "Compromise is not evil. It is the necessary and noble pursuit of those who govern responsibly in a democracy…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Ari Armstrong, The Objective Standard

Congressman Steny Hoyer, the Democrats’ minority whip, recently blasted House Republicans for not being sufficiently “bipartisan,” Roll Call reports. More interesting than Hoyer’s specific complaints about Republicans is his criticism of Ayn Rand, whom he blames for the Republicans’ unwillingness to compromise…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Sep 2014
Monday 29 September 2014
Emma Dumain, Roll Call

“’Atlas Shrugged,’ the Ayn Rand novel that Paul Ryan often cites as inspiration for the ideology he and many other House Republicans share, says this about compromise, and I quote, ‘There are two sides to every issue; one is right, and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.’

“Compromise is not evil,” Hoyer said.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Sep 2014
Pete Kasperowicz, TheBlaze

…on Monday accused Republicans of following author Ayn Rand’s advice that “compromise is always evil,” and warned that letting Republicans take over Congress would only lead to more gridlock and…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Sep 2014
Janet Allon, AlterNet

For the unitiated, the narrator explains that Ayn Rand is famous for her philosophy of objectivism, “which is another way of saying being a selfish asshole.”

Her two most famous novels, which people with arrested development read over and over again, are The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, “stories about rapey heroes complaining about how no one appreciates their true genius.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Sep 2014
Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver presented an informational segment on the enduring influence of libertarian writer Ayn Rand on politicians and captains of industry, asking, ‘Ayn Rand: How is she still a thing?” Noting that Rand is popular with conservatives, despite the inability by many of them to pronounce her name correctly, the narrator explains that Rand became famous for her philosophy of objectivism, “which is a nice way of saying, ‘being a selfish asshole’.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Sep 2014
Saturday 27 September 2014
Derek Voll, Beloit Daily News (WI)

…if you can and convince them that the fictional Ayn Rand nonsense Mr. Ryan tries to force on us is mean spirited, counterproductive and will never work.  We the…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Sep 2014
Wednesday 24 September 2014
Christine Howey, Cleveland Scene Weekly
Paul Ryan  

As Ben, Cameron Folmar is a walking id, strutting and preening as he tries to snuffle out any monetary advantage he can find. Early in the negotiations with the cotton mill magnate, Ben promises he can lower mill workers’ wages from $8 per week to $3. It’s an Ayn Rand wet dream that Congressman Paul Ryan would adore.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Sep 2014
Tuesday 23 September 2014
rgantibully, Daily Kos

While Paul Ryan, a Tea Party leader reportedly regards Ayn Rand as “the reason I got into public service”, it has become increasingly apparent to me that Ryan was not referring to Rand’s defense of individual rights nor to the role of government in protecting those rights. He was evidently referring to her valuing of capitalism, in particular laissez-faire capitalism, i.e., a system in which the owners of industry and business dictate the rules of competition, the conditions of labor, the cost and safety of products and services, the negative effects of their activities on the environment and on public health, etc. as they please, without government regulation or control.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Sep 2014
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Paul Ryan  

Paul Ryan has emerged from his long post-election period of repositioning, soul-searching, and secretly but not secretly visiting the poor. He had been caricatured as an Ayn Rand miser and attacked as a social Darwinist, merely for proposing the largest upward transfer of wealth in American history. Ryan has identified the root cause of his difficulties, and it is fiscal arithmetic.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Sep 2014
Monday 22 September 2014
Sean Orr, Scout Magazine (Vancouver)

…tweet of the century: Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan walk into a bar. The bartender serves them tainted alcohol because there are no regulations. They die. — Miss O’Kistic

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Sep 2014
Sunday 21 September 2014

If you are old enough to apply for a driver’s license, you can probably work out that selfish behavior has detrimental effects on all of us. Even if you’re not quite ready to give it up.

But not Ayn Rand. The 20th-century doyenne of destructive capitalism, dear to self-centered college sophomores and those, like Paul Ryan, who have not yet grown out of their me-first phase, declared aloud what a lot of jerks tend to keep to themselves: the idea that selfishness is awesome. Rand even wrote a book on the theme, The Virtue of Selfishness.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Sep 2014