Right Wingers and Ayn Rand.
A slight rant, I suppose, but one conservative saintly reference that spills my beans is Ayn Rand.
Heard a woman on CNN recently, I think, mutter about how her parents were "liberals" but when she read Ayn Rand, she heard the call and has been conservative ever since. They've turned Rand into the patron saint of free market religion and a perverse 'screw you pal it's all about me' individualism that has nothing to do with modern oligarchic, authoritarian reactionary conservatism of the modern age.
I read and studied Rand in my political philosophy days at Uni in the 70s. Simplistic drivel, I thought. It's not her they identify with, but the image of her, the myth, like they do with Reagan, or Jesus, for that matter.
I've heard this kind of "Randian" nonsense too often over the years. It's a simplistic kind of individualism that is especially American in nature, but a perverse form of American individualism.
I suppose hard wired conservative people look for intellectual props to validate their view.
Anyone agree or disagree?