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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, by Jennifer Burns

Why Ayn Rand Is Hot Again
The unconservative Ayn Rand and
her relationship to the American right
Brian Doherty | October 10, 2009

Why is Rand, dead since 1982, so hot again today? Ironically, big government, one of Rand's betes noires, is stimulating her sales. Her more than 1,000-page 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, sold 25 percent more copies in the first half of this year than it sold in all of last year, shipping a total of 300,000 copies so far this year—tremendous success for a 52-year-old novel.

Readers and pundits alike look at America and see a world scarily reminiscent of Rand's government-choked dystopia in Atlas. It's a world with a struggling economy where political pull matters more than success in the free market, where the government blithely takes over huge transportation industries.

Read the full article here.


  1. As a student of Ayn Rand's work, having read almost all of here literary publications as well as her masterpieces, I can say Rand had little use for the libertarian movement as well.

    She was not a supporter of anything fight wing and in fact when questioned identified herself as a radical for capitalism. When asked if she more closely aligned with the right or left her answer was the liberal left as she saw the right as far to fascistic in their ideology and practice.

    In this she was partially right, and given today's Republican right wing base she would be pretty much spot on.

    Good post needing just a clarifications for accuracy sake.

  2. Indeed! On my list of Top 100 Libertarian Blogs and Websites I listed the Ayn Rand Institute's website and qualified it with "apologies to Ayn Rand."