I’ve always hit it off with Tea Party organizers: “Government has over-reached; people should suffer or enjoy the consequences of their own actions”. I’m down with that, and they actually get Quantitative Easing, which is awesome. But given more time to express themselves, sooner or later they’re dancing in the shadow of the Apocalypse.

“We will be an alert and aggressive agency against those who would destroy our government and our way of life.”

—j. Parnell Thomas, House Un-American Activities Committee

After listening to Ayn Rand’s address to the graduating class at West Point in 1974, entitled “Philosophy, Who Needs It?”, a cadet stood up to ask…

The Madras Famine of 1876-78 visited catastrophe on 50 million souls, claiming more than 5 million lives outright. Cargos of grain for export to paying customers were loaded on ships before the eyes of the unmonied starving.

Nathaniel Brandon graduated from the Ayn’s inner circle to become guru of the self-esteem movement, instructing on the manifold benefits of setting moral compass to the wind. Redefining the self as “Brand”, he established new territories for a refined Randian dialect of ipsum uber alles.

“The principle of trade is the only rational ethical principle for all human relationships, personal and social, private and public, spiritual and material. It is the principle of justice”

—Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness