The need to guard against Ayne Rand followers.

by Glen Wallace

Ayne Rand’s principle of valuing selfishness is the very antithesis of conservative right wing patriotism.  Instead, we need a strong government and regulations to protect the public and environment from the very sorts of selfish capitalism that Rand advocated for.  Letting the markets run things is very much like the fox guarding the hen house.  By the time, if ever, there is a general recognition of the harm done by a business, irreversible harm could have been done to people and the environment.  The only reasonable action is to be proactive by vigorous regulation of the marketplace to protect consumers, workers, the environment and even the systemic structure of the market itself from the sorts of selfishness that Rand advocated for.

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