What Would The U.S. Look Like if Ayn Rand's Philosophy Were to Rule the Country?
Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâm Rob Lorei. Coming up todayâmany Republicans are expressing strong admiration for philosopher Ayn Randâs ideasâincluding her belief that selfishness is a virtueâ¦. The best known adherent to Randâs philosophy these days is the soon to be Republican Vice Presidentiual candidate Paul Ryan. Weâll talk with a South Florida author who has written about Ayn Randâs ideas in a new book.
But first, two listener comments about yesterdayâs program on which we featured an interview with former Republican Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren who quit his Capital Hill job because of his dislike for the direction the Republican Party was taking. We also got a comment about a caller yesterday who said he was a member of the Tea Party. Hereâs what two listeners had to say. Tape
Philosopher Ayn Randâs family left the Soviet Union as Stalin was increasing his grip on powerâcasting out the democrats and internationalists in the 1920âs. Her wealthy familyâs treatment in the Soviet Union colored her views of all government. And when she came to the US she proceeded to write a series of books that characterized all government as the enemy. She also vilified labor unions and almost anyone else on the class chart lower than CEO. To her CEOâs and entrepreneurs who built companies without government help were superheroes and the most valuable members of any society. Her books The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged have become highly cited by many Republicans and Libertarians. Chief among themâRepublican Congressman Paul Ryan.
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaking about his philosophical hero Ayn Rand.
Joining us now is Stephen Goldstein, a columnist for the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale and author of the new novel ATLAS DRUGGED(Ayn Rand Be Damned) ( Grid Press). Itâs a sequel to Ayn Randâs Atlas Shrugged.comments powered by Disqus