Wednesday 08 June 2016
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

…reading the work of Austrian economists or The Fountainhead, but after being handed a pamphlet-like book sometime in the early 1970s, after he graduated high school, that he described as, “basically, what it…

Posted about 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Jun 2016
Monday 03 August 2015
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

Most of the time, the college students attending the Young Americans for Liberty Conference (#YALcon15) are, in the words of one attendee, “lost puppies.”

They’re kids who don’t fit in on their own campuses because their interests (Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek) are not shared by their peers. But for just $30 they can attend this libertarian confab intended to “mobilize young people committed to winning on principle,” according to #YALcon15’s website.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Aug 2015
Tuesday 31 March 2015
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

Paul was not the likeliest Hawkeye hero: a marionette-looking, libertarian-leaning obstetrician obsessed with Austrian economics who stuck out like Ayn Rand on a welfare line in the land of pink-faced Christians like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Mar 2015
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast
Mixed   Capitalism  

Gawker sneered that Uber is “Ayn Rand’s favorite car service.”

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Dec 2014
Monday 28 July 2014
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

…Paul, an OBGYN, Air Force vet, and avid reader of Ayn Rand and Austrian economists like Hans F. Sennholz, decided to run for Congress in 1971, after President Richard Nixon killed the gold standard. He…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 28 Jul 2014
Monday 30 June 2014
Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Beast

For a time, Kalanick’s Twitter avatar was the cover of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead—which he has repeatedly said was not the sort of bold political statement some have made it out to be. (In other interviews, he has indicated Rand has influenced his thinking.) But it is difficult to not see some parallels between Uber’s business model and libertarianism.

Given that, it’s not surprising that Uber is gaining friends on the right side of the political aisle. For example, Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist, on Thursday Tweeted “Today, there are two political parties/movements in America. One is UBER, the other is with taxi commission. Choose.”

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 30 Jun 2014