• • • Ayn Rand vs. the intellectual Pygmies
Peter Foster, National Post Altruism |Atlas Shrugged |The Virtue of Selfishness |Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism |Personal life | Stephen Harper is off to Africa this week. On Friday he will visit the Congo. If Tuesday’s Ideas page is to be believed, he should take a side trip to study pygmy culture. It has much to teach him. In particular — given that Atlas Shrugged is probably a feature of his secret reading agenda — it will demonstrate that Ayn Rand was wrong. My colleague Terence Corcoran noted a couple of weeks ago that Ms. Rand has become an obsession with left liberals, who seem to regard the Russian-born radical individualist philosopher as “the most dangerous woman in America.” One of the most fascinating aspects of Randology is what the Chattering Classes think she stood for, and what that says about their own assumptions. Ayn Rand vs. the Pygmies, by Eric Michael Johnson, is a typical example.