Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Saturday, August 04, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
• • • The Horrors of an Ayn Rand World: Why We Must Fight for America’s Soul
Alan Greenspan |Altruism |Ayn Rand Institute |Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal |The Fountainhead |The Virtue of Selfishness |Capitalism |Egoism |Leonard Peikoff |Yaron Brook |Image |
Excerpt from Ayn Rand Nation: the Hidden Struggle for America's Soul, by Gary Weiss.
There is no real doubt what an Objectivist America would mean. We may not be around to see it, but it’s likely we’ll be here for its earliest manifestations. They may have already arrived. The shape of a future Objectivist world has been a matter of public record for the past half century, since Ayn Rand, the Brandens, Alan Greenspan, and other Objectivist theoreticians began to set down their views in Objectivist newsletters. When he casually defended repeal of child labor laws in the debate with Miles Rapoport, Yaron Brook [President of the Ayn Rand Institute] was merely repeating long- established Objectivist doctrine, summarized by Leonard Peikoff as “Government is inherently negative.” It is a worldview that has been static through the decades, its tenets reiterated endlessly by Rand and her apostles: No government except the police, courts of law, and the armed services. No regulation of anything by any government. No Medicare or Medicaid. No Social Security. No public schools. No public hospitals. No public anything, in fact. Just individuals, each looking out for himself, not asking for help or giving help to anyone. An Objectivist America would be a dark age of unhindered free enterprise, far more primitive and Darwinian than anything seen before.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
• • • Why You Shouldn’t Dismiss Ayn Rand
Alan Greenspan |Altruism |Ayn Rand Institute |Atlas Shrugged |The Fountainhead |Capitalism |Egoism |Individual Rights |Yaron Brook |
I have a message for progressives, liberals, moderates, old-fashioned conservatives, neocons--in other words, pretty much everybody who detests the godmother of radical capitalism, Ayn Rand: Don’t underestimate her. Distasteful as it may seem, there is much to learn from her. It’s easy to write off Rand as a crackpot, or a marginal figure of little importance. Before I began researching my book Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul [St. Martin’s Press, $24.99], I was like everybody else. She didn’t matter to me. But as I examined the mindset of the people who dragged us into the financial crisis of 2008, from the Tea Party to Alan Greenspan, I found that Rand was always hovering in the background.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
• • Gold Bugs Creep Into Republican Campaign
Even Alan Greenspan, the Ayn Rand devotee who advocated a return to the gold standard in one of his essays for an Ayn Rand journal in the early 1960s, knew better than to push the idea when he became Federal Reserve chairman. He advocated a variety of other Randian ideas, notably deregulation, but not that one. It was just too far out
Sunday, February 05, 2012
• • Romney buys into the Big Lie on housing
I’ve heard that same line of malarkey a bunch of times, mainly from Tea Party people and Ayn Rand devotees: that the government, through the Community Reinvestment Act and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, was directly and primarily responsible for the financial crisis. Not out-of-control banks. Indeed, note his language. The banks were told to loan money to people who can’t afford it. Embracing this mythology of the right, Romney has rewritten the history of the crisis as a fairy tale in which the banks were mere pawns in the service of the real villain: the government. It’s pure fiction.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
• • • Progressive beer goggles for Ron Paul
Paul’s views are rooted in the narrow, Randian view of liberty as extending only to the person, not to groups of people. That sounds elegant until you realize what it means: no consumer legislation, no civil rights legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and, as was a hot topic in 1998, no hate-crime legislation.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
• Ron Paul’s wacky but influential Fed policy
It’s no secret that Paul wants to end the Fed. That’s the title of one of his books, and it’s central to his libertarian ideology, which is influenced by Ayn Rand, who opposed the Fed’s existence, and Austrian economists who championed laissez-faire.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
• • • The GOP Can’t Quit Ayn Rand
Alan Greenspan |Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal |Capitalism |Egoism |Image |Inaccurate |
Two years ago, I began work on a book that was to examine the ideological roots of the 2008 financial crisis. Over time this became a broader examination of the radical right’s renaissance in America. For many months I’ve been eating, sleeping and breathing Ayn Rand—and on February 28 the results of my journey will be published by St. Martin’s Press, in a book entitled Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul. Ayn Rand’s spirit hangs over the 2012 presidential race like the aftermath of a bad meal that, for some reason, we’ve all forgotten that we’ve eaten. In the run-up to the financial crisis the markets became a kind of Fifth Estate, the ultimate arbiters of American society. This was not a Republican disease; some of the most voracious deregulation took place during the Clinton Administration. It was as if a moral choice had been made, substituting the “wisdom of the markets” for admittedly flawed and sometimes grossly inept regulators. It made perfect sense, especially in an era in which the stock market averages rose by as much as 40% in one year, but today we know, or should know, that untrammeled capitalism doesn’t work.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
• Shia labeouf infected with Wall Street disease: Gary weiss
Atlas Shrugged |
The very act of watching Alan Greenspan is enough to make the brow wrinkle, the voice become hoarse, and the conscience turn limp and waxen. This highly contagious disorder, Greenspan Cholera, is often characterized by an irresistible impulse to read Atlas Shrugged again and again. You can imagine the impact of this horrid illness on a population already ravaged by the Regulatory Narcolepsy Pandemic that stalked the countryside in recent years.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Monday, March 23, 2009