A “significant portion of the libertarian movement believes in anarchy,” writes Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute. “Anarchy” here does not mean chaos and Molotov cocktails in the streets; rather, it connotes a political philosophy favoring the absence of government. Brook favors the more moderate approaches of Nobel Prize-winning economists such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, who understood the need for limited government.
Rapid City Journal (SD)
As a freshman at Mount Marty, I lay lounging in the dayroom of Whitby Hall after basketball practice one mild October evening. Soon, Brooklyn’s own hyperkinetic Andrew Bernstein, a senior Philosophy major, came shucking and jiving into the room (it was the 70’s). Bernstein immediately challenged me: “So – whattayagonnabe whenyagrowup? he snarled. I really hadn’t given it much thought. “I don’t know – political science … a lawyer, maybe.” The Jewish hoopster bent over as if punched. After a quick “I’ll be right back,” he flew to his room on the third floor and was back in a minute. No soapbox handy, a little out of breath, A. Bernstein stepped on a chair (I kid thee not.) In one hand he gripped a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged…”
I get it: Oceans are cold and weird and not really relevant to you. You probably look forward to Shark Week, along with the rest of the internet, but how many of the other 51 weeks of the year do you spend thinking about elasmobranchs and their role in ocean health? And, let’s be real, you probably assume people who do are up there with Ayn Rand fans in the ‘taking themselves too seriously’ club. But the fact is that the climate movement that brought more than 300,000 people to New York City last month didn’t get there by talking about parts per million and polar bears…
Hobbes analysis of human nature in government as self-interested and self-will predated by several centuries ideas later proposed by Nietzsche in the late 1800s (Will to Power) to Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy of the 1930s-80s which deified selfishness as a virtue, and of modern political groups embracing his “social contract” theory is one of the main pillars of political philosophy.
The concept of “winners” versus “losers” is an American ideology to which I do not subscribe. In fact, it originated in western, free-market culture and is the ideology of choice of those who daily ask the question favorited Ayn Rand, “who is John Gault?” The philosophy goes something like: if there are winners, it is because they did whatever was necessary to deserve that status. Likewise, if there are losers, they are equally as responsible for their own failure. I’m a bit surprised that Frymaster, the self-proclaimed “dot-commie,” would adopt such a cowboy-capitalist mentality as pertains to our selection of elected officials.
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Ryan wants to be president someday. His prospects took a real beating in the last election because of his own missteps [remember he and his family “cleaning” already clean pots and pans at the soup kitchen] and being tied inextricably to the quintessential plutocrat Mittens Romney. If he doesn’t change these perceptions of himself by the public, he will never be able to get that Ayn Rand stink off of his clothes.
Watchdog Wire (Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity)
…a student who has asked that both he and his school remain anonymous, reported that he was fired from his post as a teaching assistant after he attended an internship with the Ayn Rand Institute. The school reportedly told this student that Rand’s ideology was so vastly different from theirs that they felt he was no longer a suitable candidate to work with their students.
On Last Week Tonight, perhaps to balance out his less-than-friendly main segment on Obama’s drone policies, John Oliver asked a question that has bothered people about Ayn Rand since she first emerged in the middle of the twentieth century: why are people into this dreck?
Rand was the founder of Objectivism, a sub-Nietzschean philosophy that glorified selfishness and denigrated altruism, aggressively detailed in two novels bearing both the weight and prose style of a cement brick. Not surprisingly, this organized atavism never gained serious purchase: during her lifetime she was rejected by everyone from literary critics to philosophy professors to Frank Lloyd Wright, who didn’t appreciate her cribbing protagonist Howard Roark from his biography.