Full Show 8/13/12: Ayn Rand for Vice President

Guest host Sam Sacks talks with "The Nation's" John Nichols about the Romney-Ryan ticket. Also discussed: what wikileaks tells us about Romney's VP pick, Ryan's love of Ayn Rand and the growing destruction and dangers of drones. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom asks the most important question not being asked in the presidential campaign—what is the purpose of an economy?

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Mark Saulys 2 years 10 weeks ago

Ayn Rand's "Objectivism" is euphamistic for Nihilistic Narcissism. She actually benifitted much from public education in her early life and from the Soviet educational system. After the Lenninist revolution her family fled to the Crimea where she attended public primary and secondary schools. Upon her return, she was able to attend the university in Petrograd because the new, revolutionary Soviet government removed barriers to women and Jews which, previously, would have prevented her education on either count. She later came to the United States to benefit from the New Deal.

She actually was not an "Anarcho-Capitalist" or even a Libertarian. She considered anarchism a naive philosophy based on subjectivism that could only result in collectivism. She was, instead, in favor of constitutionally limited government.