As a nation, we appear to be struggling as to which of two competing, yet often compelling, philosophies we will follow as we head into the future. One of these philosophies is that espoused by many of those with conservative views. It derives, in part, from the writings and speeches of Ayn Rand in the early Twentieth Century during which she offered a “rational objectivist” perspective. There is much to admire about this philosophy and it is clear that Ms. Rand possessed a keen intellect. In keeping with this philosophy, some current followers of Rand’s beliefs, for example, John A. Allison, now President and CEO of the Cato Institute, promote the view that there is no such thing as a society, there are only individuals. They believe we should let individuals pursue their self-interest unhindered by concerns for the well-being of others.
Like many of the men I’m attracted to, Paul was handsome, fit and sexy. During our first date we talked favorite authors – mine, Ayn Rand, he rejected on on feminist grounds.
So, instead of hooking up, I decided to hunker down for a critical re-read of Ayn Rand. Through this late-night, lovelorn lens, I formulated a radically new approach to dating that applies the principles of Ayn Rand’s libertarian philosophy to women’s most common dating challenges.
The big Republican donors are increasingly libertarian or, in some loose sense, Randian. The Koch brothers spent big money on the same-sex marriage effort in New York. Peter Thiel, the Republican/libertarian public intellectual of Silicon Valley billionaires, says social liberalism has won, and that’s basically a good thing. The real cause in America now is promoting faith in technological innovation and economic freedom (or deregulation) as the keys to our increasingly more liberated and abundant future.