• • • Romney, Republicans, and Rand
Capitalism |Paul Ryan | Jonathan Chait riffs today on Romney, Republicans, and libertarians. His general point that every faction after a loss simply blames all the other factions is certainly correct. But I think it’s unfair to libertarians to stick them with Ayn Rand. I agree with Chait that Rand is electoral poison, but it’s easy to be a very conservative libertarian without even a hint of Rand. As I read it, there’s nothing whatsoever about libertarian idea which require the belief in an elite group of “makers.” That’s Rand — but it isn’t inherent in ideas about radical support of markets over government.