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Trump's new Fed pick actually said that Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' was a road map to respond to the 2008 financial crisis

When reports broke that President Donald Trump had picked Stephen Moore to serve at the Federal Reserve, the backlash was swift and severe.

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A look at Paul Ryan's illustrious career as a cash grab for billionaires

Each New Year’s, my wife and I indulge one of our favorite traditions: the household purge. We scour our closets for stuff that’s just taking up space, quietly draining our home’s energy, and move it along. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Philosophy Shrugged: Ignoring Ayn Rand Won’t Make Her Go Away

Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It’s trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: ‘No one needs to be exposed to that monster.’ Many propose that she’s not a philosopher at all and should not be taken seriously. The problem is that people are taking her seriously. In some cases, very seriously.

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Here are 10 Things I Learned About the World from Ayn Rand's Insane 'Atlas Shrugged'

Over the past year, I've been reading and reviewing Ayn Rand's massive paean to capitalismAtlas Shrugged. If you're not familiar with the novel, it depicts a world where corporate CEOs and one-percenters are the selfless heroes upon which our society depends, and basically everyone else — journalists, legislators, government employees, the poor — are the villains trying to drag the rich down out of spite, when we should be kissing their rings in gratitude that they allow us to exist.

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Paul Ryan's Biggest Influence: 10 Things You Should Know About the Lunatic Ayn Rand

"The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand." That's freshly minted GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan talking—statements he would eventually recant—at a party celebrating what would have been the prolific author's 100th birthday, 

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Robert Reich: Donald Trump's Whole Worldview Belongs to Ayn Rand

Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand’s character Howard Roark in “The Fountainhead,” an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn’t meet specifications he had it dynamited. 

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‘It’s the Gospel of Ayn Rand’: Son of Evangelist Eviscerates Joel Osteen’s ‘Prosperity Gospel’ Greed

The son of a famous theologian and evangelist ripped into “prosperity gospel” pastor Joel Osteen, saying his disastrous decision to deny help to the flood-ravaged citizens of Houston exposed him as a follower of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of selfishness instead of the Jesus he praises every Sunday in his megachurch.

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How Ayn Rand's 'Elitism' Lives on in the Trump Administration

Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged” is his favorite book. Mike Pompeo, head of the CIA, cited Rand as a major inspiration. Before he withdrew his nomination, Trump’s pick to head the Labor Department, Andrew Puzder, revealed that he devotes much free time to reading Rand. The Conversation

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Fountainhead of Bad Ideas: Ayn Rand's Fanboys Take the Reins of Power

For a man who ran for president on a supposedly populist platform, Donald Trump sure has appointed a lot of extremely wealthy businesspeople to his administration. He explains to his followers at his ostentatious victory rallies that he’s doing this because he wants people “that made a fortune because now they’re negotiating with you,” adding, “It’s not different than a great baseball player or a great golfer.”

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It's Ayn Rand's America Now: Republicans Have Stripped the Country of Its Last Shred of Morality

If you have any doubts that the phenomenon of Donald Trump was a long time a’coming, you have only to read a piece that Gore Vidal wrote for Esquire magazine in July 1961, when the conservative movement was just beginning and even Barry Goldwater was hardly a glint in Republicans’ eyes.

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Paul Krugman Exposes the Real Reason Trump (and Ryan) Are Trash-Talking America

Paul Krugman explores one of this election cycle's biggest ironies in Monday's column. Once upon a time, it was conservatives who yelled, "America, love it or leave it!" at those who protested the nation's various injustices. Now, it is the right that trash-talks the country.

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