Say what you will about Ayn Rand, but that monster could describe a dress.
One of the guiding ambitions of right-of-centre politics in Britain, America and most of the west during the 1970s and 1980s was to effect an end to the Soviet Union or, at least, to its imperialist domination of eastern Europe. This was bred most obviously of self-interest, given the threat this superpower was assumed to pose to the security of the west. Many on the right went further, harbouring an ideological desire to have communism removed from the map of Europe. Though far from unknown in Britain, this view was most common in America and attributable not just to the influence of hard-line Republican politicians – Barry Goldwater was there long before Ronald Reagan – but also to writers popular in American culture such as the Russian refugee Ayn Rand.
Kalyani runs her own theatre group called Actors’ Cult, in Mumbai, and has directed plays like ‘The Night of January 16th’ (Ayn Rand)…
I was eager to see just which brilliant, cutting-edge, firebrand of capitalism Rauner would recruit to lead us down the path to salvation. Maybe he intended to bring Ayn Rand herself back from the dead. And the answer is … Bill Daley?