Thursday 28 August 2014
Jacobo Corujeira, Vozpopuli

…hacia la ‘Arcadia tecnológica’ anticipada por Ayn Rand y soñada por los grandes capitalistas de Internet. Mientras llega el momento del referéndum, en EEUU los medios se entretienen haciendo…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Aug 2014
Saturday 23 August 2014
Huy Dang, The Examiner

…Perhaps the most vocal and strident of these was Ayn Rand, an unapologetic paladin of unbridled laissez-faire capitalism. Ms. Rand’s most prominent disciple, Alan Greenspan, the head of the Federal…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Aug 2014
Wednesday 20 August 2014
David Martin, Huffington Post Canada

Even the former Federal Reserve chair Alan Greenspan had to finally fess up that he had it all wrong. That aging acolyte of Ayn Rand thought the financial markets and their leaders would all act rationally when history could have warned him otherwise.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Aug 2014
Saturday 16 August 2014
Marc Gerstein, Seeking Alpha

…the first Seeking Alpha strategy inspired by John Galt but I love the idea. My approach is different from that of my predecessor; I want visionary innovative companies…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 16 Aug 2014
Monday 11 August 2014
Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg

…Greenspan’s infatuation with the philosophy of Ayn Rand manifested themselves. He was a free marketer who loved to intervene in the markets, a chief bank regulator who seemingly failed to understand…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 11 Aug 2014
Monday 04 August 2014
Alan Kohler, Business Spectator

…the 80s wore on, and Volcker was succeeded by the Ayn Rand devotee Alan Greenspan, the bond market took over. Economist Ed Yardeni coined the term “bond vigilantes”, as bond investors decisively punished…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 05 Aug 2014
Saturday 02 August 2014
ej heinemann, Daily Kos

…I remember reading Ayn Rand many summers ago after my freshman year in college. I read “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged.” At that time they seemed to make sense…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 02 Aug 2014
Friday 01 August 2014
Mary Barker, Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

The blind spot of today’s conservatives, then, is the partial application of traditional wisdom. While it’s clear to them that unrestrained governmental power becomes corrupt and tyrannical, they fail to see that the same is true of concentrated social power. This blindness has been compounded by decidedly un-conservative elements that have entered the movement. Greenspan, for example, was a devotee of Ayn Rand, and it’s hard to imagine a figure further from the thought of Edmund Burke.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
Thursday 31 July 2014
moneycontrol.com (India)

…his ultra-loose monetary policy. A self-confessed Ayn Rand ideologue who was dubbed “the Maestro”, Greenspan allowed banks to increasingly take more risks, believing in the free market’s ability to self…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014
Friday 25 July 2014
Andrew Moran, Economic Collapse News

What happened to Alan Greenspan? Before helming the Federal Reserve System, Greenspan was an objectivist, a student of Ayn Rand, a proponent of sound money and the Gold Standard and a critic of central economic planning. When he entered the Fed, he became obsessed with bubbles, manipulating markets, aiding Wall Street and hurting the dollar.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 25 Jul 2014
Thursday 24 July 2014

…the gold standard and economic freedom for Ayn Rand’s Objectivist newsletter, and is no doubt familiar with the work of Austrian economists, would certainly be challenged by the deans of the…

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 24 Jul 2014
Wednesday 23 July 2014
P. J. O’Rourke, Daily Beast

Making fun of each other’s views is a libertarian sport. And since we libertarians are not, for the most part, athletic types – let alone team players – making fun of each other’s views may be the only libertarian sport.

Randians think the simple notion of keeping your hands to yourself can be forged into a philosophy. Gold Bugs consider U.S. currency a magic act with the dollar mysteriously levitated on the world economic stage. Strict Constructionists believe the Constitution was carved in stone by a higher power instead of penned on paper by guys in Philadelphia. And maybe all of them are right.

It would take a demagogue with a powerful ideology to convince people to make the necessary sacrifices for libertarianism. But libertarians disapprove of demagoguery and consider ideology to be nobody’s business but your own. I guess Ayn Rand was a sort of a libertarian demagogue. But she attracted Alan Greenspan, not crowds.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Jul 2014