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Ayn Rand Nation by Gary Weiss
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Jun 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: economics, philosophers, us-policy

Gary Weiss builds the case that Ayn Rand is the prime mover of today's right wing anti-government political culture and that Rand ideology brought about the current financial crisis.

He begins with those still alive who were part of Rand's inner circle. He enlarges this to those who never met her but say they are influenced by her. Most of this new generation speak of reading Rand's novels in high school and finding their thoughts given voice. Many are unaware of Rand's passionate atheism, despite the major conflict of selfishness and Christian values. Others who know the Rand canon overlook the inconvenient parts, such as the banker who knows his business depends on teams and the supporters of Israel who overlook its socialist principles.

I wasn't aware of how well Wiess was building the case until the two chapters on Alan Greenspan that describe his years with Rand and how his acting on the Rand ideology was instrumental in bringing about the current financial crash.

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