Ayn Rand

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Ayn Rand

A philosopher and novelist closely associated with beliefs in limited government and in free market capitalism. Strongly individualist, Rand opposed most policies that directed any individual effort toward a collective goal. This led her to become an opponent of most social programs geared toward reducing poverty; she also opposed anti-trust laws, which she believed violated free market principles. She had a strong influence on future Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. She lived from 1905 to 1982.
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The value subjectivity of the Austrians complements the Randian sense of objectivity.
Criticizing the divorce of the unit of account function from money being the medium of exchange, Simpson lapses into Randian quirkiness again.
All three have platforms of Ayn Randian disregard for big government, tax cuts, gun control, and "Obamacare.
Although the revolution made some progress, it by no means created the Randian state assumed by its detractors.
Greenspan who, in fairness, was skeptical of some Randian precepts, nevertheless applied similar open-and-shut reasoning to economic policy during his long chairmanship of the Federal Reserve.
Given that critical context and the recession-driven boomlet in Randian thought, Ayn Rand and the World She Made and Goddess of the Market are not simply well-timed explorations of an enduring writer.
120) Even if respect for the nature of existents has some role in a general explanation of meaning, as I have urged, the objection is that this Randian account is overly realist.
Ditko went on to produce dull Randian comics starring right-wing superheroes, while Spider Man was never the same again.
The co-founder of Extropy Institute, a Southern California body-builder and Ayn Randian named Max, had his last name changed from O'Conner to More, because "I was going to get better at everything, become smarter, fitter, and healthier.
One repeated theme was the conflict between strong individuals and larger institutional powers--an Ayn Randian theme incidentally reflecting his own life.
Teaching doesn't count as work because, within the Randian logic ironically embraced by academics who readily dismiss her writing, its public and institutional nature renders it necessarily uncreative.
But meanwhile, in true Randian fashion, Greenspan has repeatedly weakened or stripped away the Fed's existing regulatory powers so as to liberate financiers and bankers.