With the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s VP running mate on the Republican ticket for the upcoming presidential election in the U.S., the name of Ayn Rand has resurfaced.
You may know Ayn Rand, have read the books of this Russian-American author. I did while a college student. Atlas Shrugged, which she considered to be her magnum opus, espoused Objectivism, which promotes a philosophy of rational self-interest in a fictional story.
In a nutshell Atlas Shrugged details the efforts of a group of industrialists, scientists and artists who withdraw their contributions to a nation’s wealth and achievement by going on strike to protest the government’s policy of taxation and regulations.
In her fiction and nonfiction writing, she upheld the privileges of the wealthy and demonized the “undeserving poor” and even the middle class, calling anyone who receives a government benefit a looter, moocher and parasite.
It's no wonder, then, that Ayn Rand is the hero of the American Tea party, the Libertarian Party (Ron Paul) and Paul Ryan. Ryan has publicly stated he bases his philosophy of the role of government in citizens’ lives on Ayn Rand; has given his staff copies of Atlas Shrugged.
Rand was an avowed atheist and had an open marriage, choices that run counter to hoards that the “political right” wishes to appeal to. I suppose we are going to be hearing much more on this subject in coming days
Because politics and political parties have become so fractious, I mostly sit back and am amazed at the hypocrisy on all fronts.
But the point I want to get to regarding Ayn Rand is this: For all her high-minded philosophy, her life work to promote her objectivism philosophy and being a vehement critic of government helping anyone, in the end she grabbed Social Security and Medicare! Yes, it’s true! Under the name of her husband Frank O’Connor. Talk about hyprocisy!
Born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia
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