(Alan Greenspan – photo: Federal Reserve)
Fascinating piece by Bruce E. Levine in Salon, looking at the influence author Ayn Rand continues to have on our thinking here in the U.S., turning so many, including a number of prominent politicians away from altruism and presumably towards selfishness.
Among those named as being influenced by Rand are Ronald Reagan, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Ron Paul and Clarence Thomas. Most interesting to me is the name of former Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan. According to Levine, Greenspan was a member of Ayn Rand’s inner-circle, her “collective” as she called it. According to the article Rand’s pet name for Greenspan was “A.G.”