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Ayn Rand was stupid …

…….. which really wouldn’t matter, except that we now have a Home Secretary (widely tipped as the next Chancellor of the Exchequer) who is said to read a chapter of one her books, the Fountainhead, at least twice a year for inspiration!

The UKs Randian wannabees

In a recent article in The Observer, Andrew Rawnsley turned his attention to the three people who are at this moment taking the UK wherever it is going (or, quite possibly, wherever its constituent nation are independently going).

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Rand and race

It is often said in Ayn Rand’s favour that she was not a racist . But is that true?

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Randian medicine

One thing that a pandemic does is concentrate the mind on essentials, the availability of medical care being about the most essential of all. Here in the UK most medical care is provided to most people by the National Health Service, but ‘socialized medicine’ was, of course, anathema to Ayn Rand.

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Lock-down

My step-son lives in Torino, which means he has been on lock-down or more than a month. But he is lucky, because his flat, like most flats, even old ones, in Mediterranean countries has a balcony.

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COVID-19

What we are now learning to call Covid-19 is taking an ever tighter grip on the world. In every country, as cases of the disease are recognised, government intervention increases. What would Ayn Rand have made of it all?

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Ayn Rand and the floods

The water level in the River Lugg, a couple of hundred metres away, is now falling. Four days ago it was three to four metres above normal ….

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Boeing

Ayn Rand wrote in America and for Americans, butI avoid in principle commenting on American issues. However, even foreigners are entitled to comment on today’s release of a flood of emails between Boeing employees about the 737 Max, because so many of us fly in Boeing aircraft.

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Lock-down

The Gladestry Old Men’s Lunch was unanimous in its opinion that there was not one person in the upper levels of any of the three main political parties for whom one could feel the slightest shred of respect. Ayn Rand would, of course, have agreed …..

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Mogg in meltdown

It seems that Jacob Rees-Mogg thinks that the people who died in the Grenfell fire did so because they lacked common-sense, and that Andrew Bridgen, his apologist who has now himself apologised, thinks that Mogg would have survived because he is clever.

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The looters of Thomas Cook

In Atlas Shrugged there are three types of people who matter. There are the god-like ‘rational men’, whose every action is dictated by reasoned self interest, there are the ‘moochers’ who seek to be parasitic on them, pleading always for hand-outs based on their ‘need’, and there are the ‘looters’, who want much more and take action, sometimes violent, to ensure that they get it.

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