• • Diagnosing the GOP
David Offut, Arkansas Times (Little Rock) Capitalism | The ranking members of the "Stupid Party" consist of followers of Leo Strauss, Ayn Rand, and billionaires' think tanks. Leo Strauss believed the right-wing could achieve and keep power by using the Big Lie, perpetual warfare and religion. Ayn Rand claimed in her novels that greed is good and government regulation is bad. Billionaires, like the Koch brothers, have created numerous think tanks, like the Heritage Foundation, to promote voter acceptance of the laissez-faire policies of the Gilded Age — an era of government handouts to Big Business with a hands-off policy.