Randex

Thursday 15 December 2016
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Paul Ryan  

…Paul Ryan and Ayn Rand, undated and definitely not real photo.Photo: Photo Illustration: Photos: Charlie Neibergall/AP, Oscar White/CorbisDonald Trump’s intellectual…

Posted almost 2 years ago Publication date: 15 Dec 2016
Tuesday 13 December 2016
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

…theorist of this philosophy is, of course, Ayn Rand. And while Rand had many beliefs, the core of her vision is that politics consists of a class struggle between makers and takers. This is…

Posted almost 2 years ago Publication date: 13 Dec 2016
Friday 24 June 2016
Negative
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Before Donald Trump started baying at the moon, and before Ted Cruz launched pointless shutdowns, the start of the art in Republican ideological extremism was Paul Ryan and his Ayn Rand–inspired vision of government. Because Ryan is a practical extremist rather than an impractical one, and because he avoids displays of racism and misogyny, he has been cast as his party’s sensible alternative.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 24 Jun 2016
Wednesday 23 March 2016
Negative
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

Ryan’s warnings of an imminent Greek-style debt crisis made him simultaneously attractive to the financial and political Establishment, where the conventional wisdom in 2009 through 2012 deemed deficit reduction the country’s most urgent priority, and among freaked-out conservatives everywhere, who believed that Barack Obama was plunging the country into an Ayn Rand nightmare.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 23 Mar 2016
Tuesday 15 March 2016
Negative
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

[Rubio’s] life has been defined by a fascination with wealth, bordering on worship. Rubio once told a roomful of rich businessmen the inspiration for his politics came from driving around as a young boy and gawking at the homes of the rich. As a young politician he read “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand’s paean to the superiority of the rich, twice. He attached himself to wealthy patrons, and moved between politics and lobbying throughout his career, seamlessly blending public service with moneymaking.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 16 Mar 2016
Neutral
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

The modern Republican Party is an awkward contraption that harnesses a politics of white ethno-nationalism to a policy agenda dominated by the Ayn Rand–inflected anti-statism. Donald Trump has exploited the wedge between the party’s voters and the ideologists of its master class, placing the latter in an awkward spot.

Posted over 2 years ago Publication date: 15 Mar 2016
Monday 02 November 2015
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Paul Ryan  

…bottle of wine from time to time with his fellow Randian ideologues. Is Ryan a hypocrite because he would deny to others the right to enjoy something he cherishes himself? No, of course not. Keep this…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Nov 2015
Tuesday 20 October 2015
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Paul Ryan   Mixed  

Not long ago I made the case that Ryan is uniquely suited to mend the schism within the House Republican Party. In short, the schism has little to do with ideology and centers mostly around tactics, with the Freedom Caucus rallying around unrealistic tactics as a kind of purity test to root out secret moderates. Ryan presents the ideal unifying figure. As a Randian fanatic, his hatred of government — and, especially, its redistributive functions — runs bone deep. But as a former staffer who worked his way up the system, he has a relentless pragmatism about the uses and limits of power in Washington.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 21 Oct 2015
Friday 16 October 2015
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

…is working reasonably well, and the predicted Randian collapse has receded farther than ever off the horizon. The economy may not be booming, exactly, but it is no longer tenable for conservatives to…

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 16 Oct 2015
Friday 09 October 2015
Mixed
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Paul Ryan  

[Paul Ryan] perfectly combines ideological extremism with methodological pragmatism. He is a longtime disciple of the teachings of Ayn Rand, whom he has described as the inspiration for his entire political career. He spent the Bush years pushing the administration to adopt much larger and politically explosive proposals to cut taxes for the rich and privatize Social Security than it deemed politically viable. He greeted the Obama agenda not merely as an overreach but as a horrifying socialist dystopia that would usher in the imminent collapse of the economy. But Ryan has never fallen prey to the illusion that Americans will accept his ideas if only the party declares them loudly enough. The Randian tradition is deeply pessimistic about democracy, dismissing most people as rubes easily manipulated into voting for candidates who will promise to steal from their economic superiors.

Posted almost 3 years ago Publication date: 09 Oct 2015
Friday 08 May 2015
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Negative  

The work of Ayn Rand is of course their favorite, but “Harrison Bergeron” runs a distant second.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 08 May 2015
Tuesday 03 March 2015
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
Negative  

…the United States is the only advanced democracy whose major conservative party rejects the principle of universal health care, has leading figures influenced by the philosophy of Ayn Rand, and opposes even the tiniest revenue increases on principle.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 03 Mar 2015