Philosophy and Ideas

The Return of Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for her uncompromising advocacy of laissez-faire capitalism. So when the global economic crisis brought the anti-capitalists out of their bunkers to disingenuously blame “extreme capitalism”, Rand-haters predicted the imminent demise of her influence. But as it turned out, the GEC and anti-capitalist onslaught had the opposite effect. The GEC reminded Rand readers of Atlas Shrugged, a novel published in 1952 about a future world facing economic collapse due to the most productive men going on strike against a system that today might be called “crony capitalism”…

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