Economic Collapse News
…businessman Lawrence Fertig, later a benefactor of the Mises Institute, was able to persuade NYU, where he was on the board, to allow Mises to be an unpaid, permanent “visiting professor.” Even so, Keynesian deans gave him the worst offices and class hours, and tried to persuade students not to take his courses.
Yet, though in a new country at almost sixty, of whose language he had only a reading and writing knowledge to begin with, Mises was undefeated. He restarted his weekly seminar, attracting such participants as Henry Hazlitt, Ayn Rand, and Murray Rothbard. Important business leaders, journalists, and financiers audited his classes. This drove other professors, said Robert Nozick, wild with envy.
The Guardian (Port-of-Spain)
…the small number of people who consume these cultural products tend to be the ones who make key decisions for the society. So the works themselves may be absent from public consciousness, but their ideas can be dominant. Ayn Rand’s thousand-page plodder, Atlas Shrugged, won’t be read by the majority of Americans. But that Alan Greenspan and many Republican ideologues read it ensures its ideas live on in American culture.
Commonweal - dotCommonweal
What explains his improbable rise? Many frameworks have been put forward. There’s the anti-political-correctness framework, which is essentially what I argued back in August. There’s the white-male-working-class resentment framework. The Ayn Rand, worship-of-capitalist-titans framework. The triumph-and-travesty-of-entertainment framework.