The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis

The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis

The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis

Status:
Completed

Alternate name:
The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis 2015

Released:
2015

Author:
Darryl Cunningham

Genres:
Biography

Summary

Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rands philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham uses Rands biography to illuminate the policies that led to the 2008-9 economic crash in the U.S. and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect todays politics and policies. Cunningham shows how right-wing conservatives, libertarians, and the Tea Party have co-opted Rands teachings, and its inherent contradictions, to promote personal gain and profit at the expense of the middle class. Cunningham ultimately delivers a devastating critique of austerity-driven economics.