• • A writer's downfall: Blame our culture of conquest
Bonnie Blodgett, Star-Tribune (Minneapolis) Individualism |Inaccurate | A Los Angeles Times commentary blamed [Jonah Lehrer’s] bad choices on "the cult of overachievement." I agree. But I also blame the cult of Ayn Rand-style individualism -- aka survival of the fittest -- which celebrates the hubris of high-flying private equity firms like the one that took down HMH (it filed for bankruptcy in June but will reorganize) and says to hell with anyone who just wants to live up to his or her own perhaps middling potential and make a modest living working an eight-hour day. To hell with anyone who doesn't dream big and do what it takes (lying and cheating permitted) to make the dream come true.