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?
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.