• • • The Horrors of an Ayn Rand World: Why We Must Fight for America’s Soul
Gary Weiss, AlterNet 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.