Wednesday 05 November 2014
Jamestown Sun (ND)

As a sophomore in AP English, Patel wrote a paper for an international essay contest regarding Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.” That essay earned Patel $50 as a semifinalist in the contest.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
David Weigel, Bloomberg

When West Virginia fell to Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a Senate candidate who had never gone in with the Tea Party, I found a follower of Ayn Rand at the snack table.

“As soon as they win, the splits in the Republican Party are going to widen again,” said Ed Hudgins, the mustachioed director of advocacy at the Randian Atlas Society. “There are voters that they can’t read out to, who are all about business. I like to say that they have the values of a Howard Roark, but they don’t have the politics yet of a John Galt. They’re socially liberal, they look at the GOP, and they see Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee and say ‘I want nothing to do with that.’”

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2014
Tuesday 04 November 2014
Bob Duggan, Big Think

It’s no accident that Ayn Rand chose to make the hero of The Fountainhead an architect. Rand may take individualism too far, but that doesn’t dismiss the fact that architects literally leave their personalities on our landscape as few others can.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Nov 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 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 almost 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2014