Ayn Rand philosophy = zero compassion = today's crop of Republicans:
The trend of the last 15 ears within the Republican party has been an embrace of Ayn Rand's philosophy. It's harsh, at variance with a traditional conservative values, and probably not good politics, as David Frum
I strongly suspect that today’s Ayn Rand moment will end in frustration or worse for Republicans.
And he cites Irving Kristol on the welfare state:
The idea of a welfare state is perfectly consistent with a conservative political philosophy – as Bismarck knew, a hundred years ago. In our urbanized, industrialized, highly mobile society, people need governmental action of some kind… they need such assistance; they demand it; they will get it.
For unknown reasons, there has been an eruption of posts about Ayn Rand and the Republicans in the last month. Here are a few:
The last two are Christian critiques of Rand. Which kind of tie in with a Salon article, The Democrats' secret budget weapon: Jesus
Also, Jonathan Chait has been writing about Ayn Rand a lot. In any event, something is happening out there
. My guess is that this commentary about Ayn Rand is a way to make sense of stories of Republicans wanting to eliminate child labor laws or demands that foster children only purchase second-hand clothes. Those actions can be best described as coming from people with zero compassion. And that's exactly what Ayn Rand championed.
I think Rand Paul, eponymously, brings her to mind without really trying.
Good thing nobody like the head of the Federal Reserve was ever a follower of such a predatory, speed freak cult leader.
You do know that there's a movie version of Atlas Shrugged Part 1 currently on screen? And that previews were on other movies for the past six weeks? True, it was panned and it's a bomb, but it has served to focus attention on her and her odious philosophy.
SPAN the GREEN of WALL STREET GREED might make a good commentary title.
By the way, Slate has a review on Part I: "The Audiences Shrugged."
My "shorter review": HALF-ATLAS!