Tuesday 04 November 2014
Milad Doroudian, Times of Israel - Milad Doroudian (Jerusalem)

Perhaps what is hated even more than the idea of individualism, is its main propagator in the 20th century. Ayn Rand, the Jewish girl that immigrated from the ills of Soviet Russia, to the wealth and opportunity of the United States, had professed a new type of philosophy that placed man and woman, and their rationality, as the center of all moral and ethical bearings. Perhaps, even more interestingly it gave people the confidence to assert themselves with self-esteem as the most important factor in their lives.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Nov 2014
Paul B. Farrell, MarketWatch

…the only two candidates in the only election that counts today and in every other election this century are: Adam Smith, a moral philosopher and father of American capitalism thanks to the publication of his classics on economics, “The Wealth of Nations,” and its companion “The Theory of Moral Sentiments.” Adam Smith’s opponent on the ballot is his archrival, Ayn Rand, author of several 20th century works on capitalism, including “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 04 Nov 2014
Monday 03 November 2014
The Chattanoogan (TN)

Night of January 16 is the only play written by the acclaimed author and philosopher, Rand. It was written a decade before her best selling novel, the Fountainhead, and almost 25 years before her best known work, Atlas Shrugged. On one level, Night of January 16 is the destruction of a brilliant and ruthless man. On a deeper level, it is a dramatic objectification of Ayn Rand’s vision of human strength.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Nov 2014
Sunday 02 November 2014
Donal Lynch, Irish Independent (Dublin)

… the money question irritates him. He once rhetorically asked: “Can you imagine Howard Roark (the protagonist of Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead) saying: ‘I just want to make as much money as possible?’”

He takes up the point. “There’s a whole set of historical factors that played into that,” he explains of his personal and business decision to spurn a potential avalanche of corporate dollars. “I’m not personally opposed to people making money. It is not an ideological stance. It is a combination of aesthetics and historical circumstance.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Nov 2014
Friday 31 October 2014
Nikki Schwab, US News & World Report

A painting of Happy’s father shows him grasping an Ayn Rand tome with his hoof.) Giggles, Maya Rudolph’s alpaca, studied engineering, but too bad – those jobs have been shipped overseas.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 31 Oct 2014
Thursday 30 October 2014
Gina Arnold, Southeast-Brewster Patch (NY)

Wynand learned something essential to his later success in his youth. If he ever hoped to be able to say “I do run things around here,” then he would have to bow his head for now. He must bide his time. He must wait. He learned to swallow his pride even when he had to take orders from the inept. Wynand decided to show the utmost respect for his superiors even when he did not have a feeling of deep admiration for them elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements—he was respectful even when that respect was not genuinely felt.

After years of obediently kowtowing, after decades of paying careful attention to his place, Wynand was finally able to say “I do run things around here.” The same is true for anyone.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014

Her father really wants her to connect with one of the Ivy League-bound boys at Kellerman’s, but none of them share her desire to pursue a social justice lifestyle. (To wit: when one of these jerks hands her a copy of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Baby’s like, “Fuck you, bro.”)

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014
Kathleen Rooney, Chicago Tribune

…contains numerous examples of this. Such books as “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead” read more like libertarian propaganda pamphlets than novels, and their characters come off as cartoonish. On the left and…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 30 Oct 2014
Karen Rene Merkle, Times-News (Erie, PA)

There’s an autographed photo of Raymond Hood, the designer of Rockefeller Center, who’s thought to be the model for architect Peter Keating in Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Wednesday 29 October 2014
Matt O'Brien, Washington Post - Wonkblog

Government, in other words, really can bring inequality down to less Dickensian levels if it wants to. And, according to the IMF, it might not even hurt growth, like everyone assumes it would, if it did. In fact, reducing inequality might actually help growth by giving poor kids a better chance to develop their talents.

Or you could just go watch an Ayn Rand-quoting alpaca explain it all.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014
Tuesday 28 October 2014
Thomas Swan, FlickSided

The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are two of the most popular literary works of the 20th century and, like most popular literature, eventually Hollywood will snap it up and turn it into a film. Bigger concepts tied into Rand’s literature have presented quite a dilemma for filmmakers looking to adopt her work. The novel Atlas Shrugged was described by Rand as being about “the role of the mind in man’s existence—and, as a corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest.”

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 28 Oct 2014
Saturday 25 October 2014
Hamilton Carter, Chip Design Magazine

It’s like the feeling you have after a long day of manual labor. You did something; you stretched yourself; you beat the odds.

Ayn Rand memorialized this feeling in her book “The Fountainhead”. She describes Howard Roark taking the simplest building jobs during the summers he spent away from architecture school. She describes the beauty in the task. This is how I see people in our trade when we heft a large piece of a coding project and force it to our will.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Oct 2014