A quick note for the John Galt lovers out there: You may argue that the west’s current system is not true capitalism, and is more akin or mercantilism-capitalism hybrid, or “crony capitalism”. You would be correct, just as the communist proponents are when they say the same thing about Stalinism. I would refer you again to the Bill Parcells quote, you are what your record says you are. Additionally, something close to laissez faire economics was tried near the end of the 18th century, its reality was not bright for the workers who lived during it, and no amount of Ayn Rand novels will change that.
Allison is set release his second book — “The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure” — next month. The 210-page book, which he began conceptualizing at least six years ago, argues that capitalism is critical to creating new ideas and attracting visionaries to important leadership posts. Allison also shares the story of how he built BB&T into one of the nation’s biggest financial institutions over his 20 years at the helm.
His thesis dovetails with his already well-known views. Allison, a self-described Ayn Rand enthusiast, used his first book to assert that free markets were the solution to avoiding another financial meltdown.
Ayn Rand had many famous quotes, the one which I believe would drain the blood from Mr. Greenspan’s face is as follows: “There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist”. This is exactly how I believe Mr. Greenspan is trying to portray his legacy, the fashionable non conformist.
Washington Post - Wonkblog
Government, in other words, really can bring inequality down to less Dickensian levels if it wants to. And, according to the IMF, it might not even hurt growth, like everyone assumes it would, if it did. In fact, reducing inequality might actually help growth by giving poor kids a better chance to develop their talents.
Or you could just go watch an Ayn Rand-quoting alpaca explain it all.
What is there left to say about Mark Cuban? The guy speaks for himself: This year alone, the self-made billionaire and self-identified Randian has defended Donald Sterling, waded into the Trayvon Martin controversy, and predicted the NFL would collapse within 10 years.
In 2012, [Bridget] Bush was the lead counsel associated with the amicus brief of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in the legal fight over the constitutionality of the individual mandate in Obama’s health-care reform law.
She was a founding member of the Louisville lawyer’s chapter of the Federalist Society, of which her husband, attorney John K. Bush, is the president. Her favorite books, according to her profile on a blogging website, include the Bible and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.
Rock River Times (Rockford, IL)
“Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?”
Class warfare is coming to a ballot box near you, right now! Ayn Rand’s John Galt would go “V-For Vendetta” on the ballot if he saw this tax proposal. Dang, I don’t believe I actually see a “tax the rich” proposal here, but we do. And what the heck, the Citizens United will McCutcheon this to death like a gobbling PAC MAN anyway, if a formal amendment was proposed, so let’s go for another “feel-good, with no-real-effect ballot item,” vote “YES” for the dead and circuitous.