[Darryl Cunningham] spends an unhealthy amount of time detailing Rand’s personal relationship failings and “moral degeneracy”, especially with Nathan Blumenthal, the young believer that would become her lover and co-partner in establishing Objectivism as a national movement. Cunningham, like others, misinterprets Rand’s acquiesce in her later years to accept Social Security benefits as ‘proof’ of her ideological hypocrisy, a ‘contradiction’ of her personal belief that accepting such things would make her a “moocher and taker” of the system.
But this narrative that selfishness leads to catastrophe is so unfocused, so unclear on the points it’s attempting to make, that it isn’t long before Cunningham loses focus by leading readers on a selective string of attacks on those groups and ideologies he holds responsible for the economic crisis: essentially the “political right”, specifically US conservatives, UK politicians, libertarians, and super-rich billionaires.
He minimizes or omits facts entirely which might point to contradictions in his assertions that the recent economic crisis is primarily the result of Randian Objectivists or conservative bullies. Facts like how the super-rich billionaires he harps about are mostly liberal democrats, the companies he points to at exploiting systems financial tax shelters (Apple, Google, etc) are run almost exclusively by liberal democrats, while Wall Street, the bane of his existence, is predominantly populated by social liberals who give overwhelmingly to the Democrat party. I’m generalizing, of course, but it doesn’t take much digging to see this rabbit hole doesn’t lead to the wonderland Cunningham would like it to.