Saturday, January 29, 2011

Welcome to The Rand Watch

Ayn Rand, a Russian emigre with little formal education, no academic credentials in philosophy or economics and (at best) only mediocre talent as a writer, somehow became one of the most influential novelists, philosophers and economic thinkers in post-20th Century America. How did that happen, and what are the consequences? Why do Rand's novels and ideas continue to be popular, and how does her toxic philosophy continue to shape American politics and government? This blog is dedicated to exploring those questions.
Ayn Rand fans are not going to like much of what I write here. However, they are welcome to contribute to the discussion as long as they behave reasonably and courteously -- because this blog, unlike Rand and her hard-core followers, welcomes honest dissent and debate.