Sunday 27 July 2014
Rick Wilson, Charleston Gazette (WV)

…Ryan’s political views seem to owe more to writer Ayn Rand, for whom he has expressed admiration, than to Catholicism. Rand was a Russian émigré and avowed atheist who promoted a “philosophy” she called…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Jul 2014
Saturday 26 July 2014
Elias Isquith, Salon

…previously and repeatedly mentioned his love of Ayn Rand, the crackpot cult-leader and novelist who made it her life’s mission to turn a sociopathic degree of selfishness into a highbrow political…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jul 2014
Friday 25 July 2014
ZydecoVivo, Teen Ink Magazine

…began to take shape. That is the year that Ayn Rand was born in the USSR. Over the course of her lifetime, she wrote several fiction and nonfiction accounts of her philosophy, objectivism. This…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Jul 2014
Tinatin Japaridze, Huffington Post

Let’s compare the two terms in the words of the great, though undoubtedly controversial (due to her un-Soviet Objectivism), Ayn Rand: “Isolationism is the attitude of a person who is interested only in his own country and is not concerned with the rest of the world.” One of the alleged meanings of “isolationism” is, in fact, “patriotism and national self-interest.” Hmmm….

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 26 Jul 2014
Wednesday 23 July 2014
Daniel Wahl, The Objective Standard

…Every so often, people hostile to Ayn Rand’s ideas try to attack them by saying that Rand said or implied something she never said or implied and then attacking that thing she never said…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2014
Stephen Campbell, Winfield Daily Courier (KS)

Another author, Ayn Rand, is a Pompeo favorite. Rand is the author of “Atlas Shrugged,” the book that was admittedly Mike’s career and business model. Rand is best known for her idea of “the virtue of selfishness, a lesson well learned.” Pompeo does support big money and success; being a privileged millionaire himself, it is not surprising. Pompeo is rich but not a self-made businessman as he would have you believe. His aerospace company was even started with money from Koch Industries. Pompeo currently makes 10 times the average Winfield income and works part time as an employee of the government that he wants to shrink.

He supports more pollution and wants to kill the Environmental Protection Agency.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 4 years ago Publication date: 18 Jul 2014