Saturday 11 July 2015
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, PoliticsUSA

Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations that “[M]an has almost constant need for the help of his brethren,” which immediately contrasts him with the Republican Ayn Randian ideal of the rugged, self-reliant individual who takes personal responsibility for all his actions (unless he is a corporation, of course).

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Jul 2015
Sunday 01 February 2015
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, PoliticsUSA

Todorov turns instead to neoliberalism, which he refers to as “a new phase in the evolution of liberalism” in opposition to totalitarianism. Ayn Rand (who, like Todorov, grew up in a communist country) he labels a “neoliberal propagandist.”

He argues that neoliberals “distance themselves from the laissez-faire of classical liberalism and advocate a form of state intervention that can speed up history, namely the systematic elimination of any barrier to competition.” Ultraliberalism is, he argues, yet another phase in this progression. Ultraliberal ideology opposes any intervention or controls by the state.

This sounds like Ayn Rand. It does not sound like liberalism, which, after all, came up with the United States Constitution, establishing an entirely unique system of government on the earth, full of controls via an intricate system of checks and balances.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 01 Feb 2015
Wednesday 30 July 2014
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, PoliticsUSA

…Religious Right (not to mention the Tea Party and Randian libertarians – not to mention Schlafly herself) make a living subordinating fact and truth to ideology. Imagine somebody, say…oh,, I don’t know, Todd…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 30 Jul 2014