Randex

Wednesday 06 August 2014
Pierre Giroux, Audiophile Audition

In the novel Atlas Shrugged the writer Ayn Rand poses the following question about a mysterious character in the novel:  “Who is John Galt?” A similar question may be asked…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Aug 2014
Randy England, Mises Daily (Ludwig von Mises Institute)

…the non-Christian individualism of writers like Ayn Rand as the very heart of libertarianism. Catholic libertarians are not individualists just because we value individual virtue above government…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Aug 2014
Gregory Zeszotarski, Cap Times (Madison, WI)

…who has the Koch Brothers’ support and advocates Ayn Rand’s morality of self-interest could have any concern for the poor. Ryan’s proposal is another campaign stunt, just like the photo-op of him…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 06 Aug 2014
Monday 04 August 2014
Karen Garcia, Truthout

…heroine, the cult priestess of selfishness Ayn Rand, Ryan is playing it safe and sticking to pure pulp fiction. Romantic that he is, he’s even invented a hero and a heroine of his very own to…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Aug 2014
David Brin, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

…my past thorough and merciless dissections of Ayn Rand?  In fact I’ve done this before, showing up to suggest that a movement claiming to be all about freedom might want to veer away from its recent…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Aug 2014
Rachel Shteir, Chronicle of Higher Education

…should stop borrowing from the government. Like Howard Roark in The Fountainhead (which a fan sent her after her essay appeared), she seems to argue that education should be for the privileged few. “Not every…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Aug 2014
Friday 01 August 2014
Arthur Chu, Daily Beast

…just be doing Onion-esque satire. But much like Ayn Rand’s Objectivism was a weird college cult among reactionary anti-hippies in the 1960s only to end up dictating the policy of the Federal Reserve,…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Aug 2014
Chad Nance, Camel City Dispatch (Winston Salem, NC)

…statements do sound as clueless at Mitt Romney, Ayn Rand, or the guy that runs Abercrombie & Fitch saying he only makes clothes for skinny people. The truth is, though, that Ameen “Mooney” David is not…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Aug 2014
Thursday 31 July 2014
Bob Hasenohr, Watchdog Wire (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity)

What’s needed, they write, is a moral defense of capitalism, which they lay out in Part 2 of the book. And they do so by using Ayn Rand’s ideas of the morality of self-interest to defend the profit motive and business success.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
Mixed
Leah Libresco, Patheos

I prefer people who fight for positive freedom (the freedom to…) than negative freedom (the freedom from…). Like Lydia and Equality 7-2521, negative freedom fighters tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater, rejecting good constraints along with bad ones.

Shame and selflessness are more than words used to force the weak to submit to the strong. Even if Equality 7-2521 and Lydia both live in dystopias, worlds that force them to deny an essential part of themselves, they lose something even more important if they reject what is good in the world they’re leaving.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
Wednesday 30 July 2014
Negative
Louis Beckett, Ricochet

This is not “collectivism” as described by Ayn Rand; it does not resemble our instinctive contempt for Marxism. Instead, Tocqueville fears an individualism where people replace a focus on God, neighbors, community life, charity, and the pursuit of a collective political greatness — messy, challenging endeavors — with the glamorization of work and petty material comforts. He warns those of us who would make self-interest the only good: individualism is a vacuum, and that vacuum will be filled with government.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014
Monday 28 July 2014
Positive
Ed Driscoll, PJ Media

…Is Barack Obama John Galt?”,  John Hinderaker provocatively asked yesterday at Power Line: Now, Barack Obama has decreed that the American Atlas should shrug. Weary…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014