Hillsdale Collegian (Hillsdale College, MI)
Neal Peart of Rush has often been called a modern day stoic (he is even mentioned in our Western Heritage reader as such). Ayn Rand and libertarianism have heavily influenced Peart, which is blatantly clear in Rush’s lyrics, especially in songs like “2112,” “Anthem,” “Something for Nothing,” “Freewill,” “Tom Sawyer,” and many others. Rush lyrics often tell a story while expounding the classical liberal ideals of freedom and personal responsibility. The chorus of “Something for Nothing” says, “You don’t get something for nothing / You can’t have freedom for free / You won’t get wise / With the sleep still in your eyes / No matter what your dream might be.” This song could be Hillsdale’s theme song.
The Keene Sentinel (NH)
One speaker, Lauren Rumpler, makes YouTube videos under the user name “Objectivist Girl,” in which she praises the theories of Ayn Rand. In one video she sets fire to a handful of $1 bills to make a point about Bitcoin.
Just occasionally, the world could do with a little more selfishness. Not in the Ayn Rand sense, but in the sense of speaking up and admitting one’s likes and dislikes.
…by Alan Greenspan Published in Ayn Rand’s “Objectivist” newsletter in 1966, and reprinted in her book, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, in 1967. An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is…
Tea Partyers figured out a way to oppose the bailouts even though Republicans had passed them. They mimicked the protest fashions of the 1930s even though that was a period uniquely lousy for Republicans. They screamed about what they called “the ruling class” even though their bad ideas would only empower our economic rulers. And taking the novels of Ayn Rand as inspiration, they hijacked the populist sensibility on behalf of the “job creators” — the poor, disrespected billionaires, your comrades in suffering.
In their mission of rescuing free-market orthodoxy after free-market orthodoxy had crashed the global economy, the Tea Party succeeded.