After I wrote a piece calling self-published authors who defend Amazon “no better than Ayn Rand libertarians,” I received a flood of social media high-fives from those within publishing, their frustration with the giant palpable. I also received fierce blowback from the self-published community.
The Herald (Glasgow)
…Supercrash does much more than this. It’s also a biography of the writer Ayn Rand, a history of her theory of objectivism and how it fed into political thinking in America (via the likes of Alan Greenspan, one of Rand’s followers who would go on to become the chairman of the Federal Reserve) and the disastrous consequences that resulted. It also looks at the psychology of politics, the current UK coalition government’s welfare policies, UKIP and how capitalism is currently eroding the very concept of democracy.
…its one-year temporary residency here formally ended a few months ago, but I made a plea that we keep it longer because, unlike other cars, its frequently updated software makes the whole experience an ever-changing proposition. And I really like driving it, too. Hey, Ayn Rand said selfishness is a virtue. I’ve sunk to a new low, haven’t I?
Congressman Paul Ryan, in his book, “The Way Forward,” apologetically modified his former, Ayn Rand-inspired, every-man-for-himself political philosophy. A philosophy Rand identified in her 1957 novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” denouncing government policy that allowed “…poor people to leech off the hard-earned wealth of the rich…parasites, looters and moochers.”
Today, at age 44, Ryan orally admits adoring Rand’s novels “when he was young” but now rejects her philosophy. However, he publicly lauded Rand and her novel at ages 29, 33, 35 and 39.