Saturday 06 February 2016
Cathy Young, Reason

While [Valeria] Novodvorskaya was close to libertarian views on economic and social issues—on several occasions, she expressed admiration for Ayn Rand—she was also, in American terms, an unabashed neocon, a staunch believer in American power and leadership as the world’s best hope for liberty; her political icons were Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, as well as Czech
dissident-turned-president Vaclav Havel.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Jul 2014
Friday 19 June 2015
Cathy Young, Time

…if you want truly radical, here’s a nomination from maverick libertarian Justin Raimondo—uber-individualist writer and self-made philosopher Ayn Rand. She was an immigrant, which adds to the diversity factor. She has a larger following than any other nominee so far, and while her laissez-faire philosophy has a limited appeal in pure form, she played a major role in pushing American discourse toward more pro-capitalist opinion. True, she disliked women’s liberation and believed that a real woman wants to be dominated (a view that led her to an odd critique of the idea of a woman president, apparently on the grounds that a female leader would have no man to look up to). But she led a life remarkable unconstrained by traditional roles.

Besides, Rand worshipped the dollar sign as the supreme symbol of free enterprise and market value—even wearing a dollar-sign pin as a badge of honor. Surely that should give her extra points in a contest for the face of the new $10. Me? I vote for Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the more venerable and less outrageous individualist.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 19 Jun 2015
Monday 28 July 2014
Cathy Young, Reason

A few years ago, Elena Yampolskaya, managing editor of the leading newspaper Izvestia, wrote a column urging Russians to embrace both “the star and the cross"—meaning the Soviet legacy and the Orthodox tradition. Noting that "people who despise all things Soviet are usually indifferent to all things Russian as well,” Yampolskaya suggested that “the U.S.S.R. was built on the Christian capacity for self-sacrifice.” (If there were an Objectivist heaven, somewhere in it Ayn Rand would be saying, “I told you so!”)

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 16 Jul 2014