Chicago Ideas announced today that Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the lifestyle brand goop, Gwyneth Paltrow, CEO of goop, Lisa Gersh and Top Chef’s Emmy-nominated host and author Padma Lakshmi will join the Curiosity Series lineup. Other confirmed speakers include The Ayn Rand Institute’s Yaron Brook, The Root’s Questlove and cultural commentator Chuck Klosterman.
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Timing is everything. As US voters roar their disapproval at an economy that feels rigged, in which protected elites prosper while almost everybody else finds life a struggle, along comes a book which declares that all this fretting over inequality is misguided.
Inequality is a ‘non-problem’, say Don Watkins and Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute (more of her later). The American Dream is under threat, not because of howling gaps between rich and poor, but because the dead hand of government is stifling opportunity.
The authors are true Ayn Rand acolytes, and share some of her zingers: 'The man at the bottom who, left to himself, would starve in his hopeless ineptitude, contributes nothing to those above him, but receives the bonus of all of their brains.’
This is the book’s problem: it is too faithful to the authors’ chilly heroine.