Wednesday 23 July 2014
Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

…capitalism’s patron saints, Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand, going back decades. To fully understand this self-destructive lineage, simply focus your laser on the one admission Greenspan made to Congress…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014
Tuesday 22 July 2014
Anthony Morris, The Vine

…presumably rather than continuing to drag out Ayn Rand’s salute to selfishness and kicking poor people to the curb, this is going to be a feature length explanation of why this trilogy has been unable to lock in a single actor to play the story’s central character.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Jul 2014
Monday 21 July 2014
C.A. Pinkham, Kitchenette

Such is the callous, terrible legacy of Objectivism, which would be the world’s most laughably inept socio-economic philosophy if not for the horrifying fact that there are people who think it would actually work, many of whom are among the most prominent names in Congress.

Every part of the wealth = worth philosophy is inherently a selfish paean to one’s own pathos, but not just in the obvious ways. The real reason people believe it is that they can’t confront the fact that the game is rigged from the word go.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Jul 2014
Saturday 19 July 2014
Jim Booth, Scholars and Rogues

North Carolina has been in the news a lot lately – and not for the right reasons. A Tea Party dominated legislature doing the bidding of a billionaire ally of the Koch Brothers, a guy named Art Pope who, while having inherited a vast fortune made by his father by selling crappy stuff to the poor, has wholeheartedly embraced the somewhat warped version of Randian philosophy of “more for me and none for you if there’s any way I can make that happen.” As is typical in such cases, Pope sees himself as a self-made man who “won life’s race.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Jul 2014
René Solis, Libération

Cela vaut parfois le coup de coucher avec ses ennemis. Pour Dominique Francon, l’une des héroïnes de The Foutainhead («la Source vive»), le roman d’Ayn Rand, c’est même une question de survie : les hommes de sa vie sont tous des adversaires, et ses sentiments à leur égard oscillent du mépris à la haine en passant par la peur. Coucher avec l’ennemi, c’est aussi ce que propose le spectacle d’Ivo Van Hove, directeur du Toneelgroep d’Amsterdam.

L’ennemi en question s’appelle Ayn Rand, philosophe et romancière américaine d’origine russe, née à Saint-Pétersbourg en 1905, morte à New York en 1982, égérie de la droite utralibérale aux Etats-Unis, chantre de l’individualisme et de l’égoïsme («selfishness»), contre l’altruisme.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
Friday 18 July 2014

Mendelsohn: I think there is a little more to it than just Ayn Rand. I could understand if the title character in the 2112 suite was named John Galt, but the album’s lyrical content lifts only loose ideas from Rand’s earlier work Anthem. It wasn’t until her later novels, Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, that she really got into the Objectivism. I read Rand’s books because of 2112. I enjoyed Anthem, found Fountainhead to be entertaining if not a bit overbearing, and I contemplated suicide as I slogged through Atlas Shrugged. Having read Rand and listened to a lot of Rush, I can tell you that Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson, and Lee are anything but Rand acolytes. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a bit Objectivist, especially when it comes to recording their music. After Rush’s 1975 effort Caress of Steel flopped commercially, their record label pushed the group to record something a little more radio-friendly. Instead, Rush went into the studio and put together 2112. If that isn’t a least a little self-centered, I don’t know what is. But I think that is the real stumbling block for critics when it comes to Rush — the band just does whatever they want and most of the time it takes the form of a ten-minute song with several extended solos.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Jul 2014
Wednesday 16 July 2014
Heath Shive, News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN)

I say be selfish! And be a patriot! Because selfishness, as any 2-year-old will tell you, is just the way of our world. It’s instinctual. Shoot, Ayn Rand made selfishness a god and called it “objectivisim.” Tolerance can’t compete with that.So, onward with secession! Not only should Indiana secede from this Union, but Allen County should secede from Indiana.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Andy Metzger, WWLP (Chicopee, MA)

The prosecution makes everyone seem like a character in an Ayn Rand story, Sinnis said. “It was not corrupt. It was frankly human decency. It’s what it means to be part of a society,” Sinnis said. He said, “You help the people you care about. And there’s nothing revolutionary and nothing criminal about that.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Jason Brennan, Bleeding Heart Libertarians

Do Objectivists actually believe all non-Objectivist philosophers are stupid and evil?

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014
Dick Morris, dickmorris.com

I recently decided to read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. As a liberal, I had never considered it and as a conservative, never gotten around to it. Last night, I read an eloquent statement by Dr. Hendricks, a character in the novel who was on strike and refused to donate his services to State run medicine. It is worth pondering today. It echoes the cri de coeur of every doctor in America…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 15 Jul 2014
Monday 14 July 2014
Lois Parshley, Popular Science

For Domenico, his technologist’s outlook meshes well with Ayn Rand’s argument that individuals should act in their own self-interest, unbounded by government. “I’ve asked myself why this is such a technology-heavy crowd. The number of software engineers is off the charts,” he says. “When you think about things from a cause-and-effect vantage point, you see, wow, this [mainstream government] isn’t working out the way it’s supposed to.”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 14 Jul 2014
Thursday 10 July 2014
Zachary Heltzel, State Press (AZ State U)

By the end, the moral dilemmas faced by the film’s intensely likable protagonists as well as its comically evil villains have disturbing implications. Virtue proves to be as damaging as malice; humanitarianism reaps many of the same outcomes as Ayn Randian selfishness, as if the film’s titular train did not call back enough to “Atlas Shrugged” already.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Jul 2014