Randex

Wednesday 19 November 2014
Pat Murphy, Troy Media

It was nearly 50 years ago that I first heard of Ayn Rand. Setting out to impress a young female work colleague, I inquired after her favourite author, whereupon she told me about Ayn Rand, objectivism, and the notion that individuals had the right to live exclusively for their own interest. Alas, whatever prospects there might have been were promptly extinguished by my evident dismay – at the time, I was a rather prissy flavour of social democrat, and thus appropriately horrified at the Randian idea.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 19 Nov 2014
Tuesday 18 November 2014
Decider
  1. ‘The Little Mermaid’ (1989) – I mean, come ON. Not even Frank Gehry (or even Howard Roark) could get away with putting a giant boner as a supporting structure in a building. Then again, the guy who designed the Washington Monument no doubt approves.
Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Nov 2014
Frank Miele, Fairfield Sun Times

It is ironic that the great Ayn Rand novel “The Fountainhead” was built around a plot that involved a brilliant young architect blowing up a building of his own design to protect it from being compromised.
But don’t get the wrong impression. Gruber is no Howard Roark, the architect hero of Rand’s novel. Roark represented the triumph of the individual in what Rand labeled the war of “individualism versus collectivism,” whereas Gruber’s construct of Obamacare was the enslavement of the individual by the collective.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Nov 2014
Nancy Thorner, Somewhat Reasonable (Heartland Institute)

Americans’ rights and prosperity are being threatened by cronyism, Ayn Rand Institute’s Steven Simpson said last week during a symposium hosted by Heartland Institute in Chicago.

“The issue is that government has too much power and has strayed far beyond its proper purpose of protecting rights,” Simpson declared.

Simpson’s definition of “cronyism” differs from the explanations typically offered by Democrats, Republicans and independents.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Nov 2014
Matt Rozsa, Salon

What’s particularly noteworthy about these observations, aside from their definitiveness, is the fact that virtually no one adhering to a mainstream Western political ideology would disagree with them. Could you conceive of anyone on the left, right, or middle arguing that they’d accept being forced to live for another’s sake or want another to live solely for their own? Or that their ambitions are not driven by a desire to beat others? Or that they don’t think success comes from seizing on opportunities? Or that they think majorities should be able to vote away the rights of minorities?

These statements are platitudes, compellingly worded rhetorical catch-alls with inspiring messages that are unlikely to be contested when taken solely at face value.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Nov 2014
Monday 17 November 2014
Swati Sharma, New Indian Express (Chennai)

Fountainhead,

by Ayn Rand.

I read this book when I was in high school and it filled me with a sense of grandeur and purpose. Howard Roark is a monolith of integrity.

About the book.

This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special Afterword by Rand’s literary executor, Leonard Peikoff which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand’s own notes on the making of ‘The Fountainhead’.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 18 Nov 2014
Sunday 16 November 2014
Tamar Rotem, Ha'aretz (Israel)

Many young Israelis of the post-Yom Kippur War period were enthralled by [Moshe] Kroy’s assertive, lucid explication of Rand’s philosophy of objectivism. But he soon moved to Australia, adopted and discarded spiritual practices at a breakneck pace – from Scientology via exorcism and Buddhism to gnosticism – until a breakdown, a tempestuous divorce, a fatal shooting and a suicide claimed him not long after his 40th birthday, 25 years ago.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Nov 2014
Saturday 15 November 2014
Anna Pulley, AlterNet
  1. The Atlasphere.

They say: “Connecting admirers of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.”

We say: Are you feeling Rand-y?

For those who take Ayn Rand’s words as gospel. And for those who believe in “self-reliance” above all, except when it comes to dating, we guess. THEN THEY’D LIKE SOME HELP, PLEASE.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2014
Friday 14 November 2014
Joseph Rossell, NewsBusters

First Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, compared net neutrality to “Obamacare for the Internet,” and now outspoken businessman Mark Cuban has tweeted that President Barack Obama’s proposed policy is something “straight out of Ayn Rand.” Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and numerous entertainment outlets, tweeted a series of comments about net neutrality on November 13.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 14 Nov 2014
Business Standard (India)

“I want to adapt ‘The Fountainhead’ in Bengali. Since Bengal is known for its strong literary tastes and tradition of cinema, I want it to be a Bengali film. I am scouting for producers,” said Emran, who has readied a mock film.

The Fountainhead” is a 1943 novel by American author Ayn Rand. More than 6.5 million copies of the book have been sold worldwide. It was made into a Hollywood film in 1949.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 14 Nov 2014
Thursday 13 November 2014

In the championship round, Leibowitz and Delahaye had to guess the titles of books by Jewish authors that were acted out charades-style. Delahaye took an early lead by calling out “The Catcher in the Rye” and “The Fountainhead.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2014

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban says the debate over net neutrality reminds him of something out of an Ayn Rand novel. Cuban, as he is sometimes wont to do, took to Twitter Thursday to make his case.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2014