What Would The U.S. Look Like if Ayn Rand's Philosophy Were to Rule the Country?08/15/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today—many Republicans are expressing strong admiration for philosopher Ayn Rand’s ideas—including her belief that selfishness is a virtue…. The best known adherent to Rand’s philosophy these days is the soon to be Republican Vice Presidentiual candidate Paul Ryan. We’ll talk with a South Florida author who has written about Ayn Rand’s ideas in a new book.
But first, two listener comments about yesterday’s 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. Here’s what two listeners had to say. Tape
Philosopher Ayn Rand’s family left the Soviet Union as Stalin was increasing his grip on power—casting out the democrats and internationalists in the 1920’s. Her wealthy family’s 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 CEO’s 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 them—Republican 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). It’s a sequel to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.