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Ayn Rand Nation by Gary Weiss
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Apr 25, 12

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

This book is very well written, and Gary Weiss says everything that I felt about the Tea Party and the conservative movement. What I wonder from reading this book, is how can the followers of Ayn Rand continue to hold the premise that government is always bad for business (at least in America) when from the time of the robber barons the Rocekefellers and others raided the country's natural resources; when the Chicago stockyards were full of manufacturers selling rotten meat; when only once through the determined effort of Teddy Roosevelt and the muckrakers did the monopolistic tendencies of companies and their tendencies to create monopolies stop; when one G.M. executive was said to have said what's good for G.M. is good for America; and when President Eisenhower said to the new President, "beware of the industrial-military complex". How can the followers of Ayn Rand continue believing that business is the only good, and noble institutinns, when business after business have thrown thousands if not milions of people out of work, when thousands of cities, towns, and states have been practically decimated, destroyed because of this belief that only business is good and noble? Lastly, how can the followers of Ayn Rand continue to hold their belief that "a rising tide lifts all boats" when all captains of industry have left most citizens without boats, without oars and without harbors, or even lighthouses, indeed, have left the harbors full of oil (as in the numerous oil spills) and states so afraid of running up against big business that there is no money, no oversight to prevent or clean up oil spills?

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