Ayn Rand suitable for teens and Greenspan only
Thank you for your attention on Ayn Rand, however apologetic it might have been. [September 13 essay: "Ayn Rand: Her detractors miss her stellar vision"]
If you want proof of Rand's pathos, just look to the scene in Atlas Shrugged where she praises the wealthy playboy kingpin as he calmly murders striking mine workers. Forgive the paraphrase: Oh what good aim he has, proof that rich people have achieved the ubermensch!
If you look at the what's left of the conservative movement and its message, you can see Ayn at work. So far, the only thing resembling argument from the GOP is the question on which they try to snag Obama: "Are we better off than we were four years ago?"
Of course they mean money-wise. Good Christians, intellectuals, unionized workers and all but the richest of the rich are not better off under these criteria. But to take a stand against Randianism, there is much that matters more than money. The question that conservatives should be asking is, "Are we better off ethically, politically, internationally, spiritually?"
Unfortunately, these concepts don't even register to the Rand-infused conservative cult-of-the-dollar (not kidding!) ideologues trying to "drown the government in a bathtub," as Grover Norquist has said.
Ayn Rand is a nuisance to parents of teenaged boys, and she is the pseudo-economist who inspired Alan Greenspan's free-market train wreck. And that is all she is.