The right-wing love affair with Ayn Rand ties conservatism to one of the most disturbing sociopathic killers

Thom plus logo There's a direct link between a sociopathic killer in 1927 and the GOP's willingness to embrace a sociopathic president like Trump. That link runs through the work of Ayn Rand.

When Donald Trump was running for the GOP nomination, he told USA Today's Kirsten Powers that Ayn Rand's raped-girl-decides-she-likes-it novel, The Fountainhead, was his favorite book.

"It relates to business, beauty, life and inner emotions," he told Powers. "That book relates to ... everything."

Trump probably knew that anything by Rand would be the right answer for Republicans; the party has embraced her for decades, to the point that Paul Ryan required interns to read her books as a condition of employment.

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-Thom

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jeanm's picture
jeanm 2 years 10 weeks ago
#1

Please provide references for the Hickman/Rand connection. I'm eager to share this with people I know but they would want to know the source. Thanks very much.

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RobSandera 2 years 9 weeks ago
#3

A MUST READ Trump data mining again

The Messiah Trump sends out his ridiculous newsletter And at the top it says Kelly Clarkston loses so much weight she's unrecognizable. What kind of president put something like that on his newsletter?

The really wild thing is if you press it and you have Mcaffee safe web on your tablet it comes back as a dangerous site thats Blocked Lol

My first thought Steve Bannon and analytica

I used to own a web hosting design programming company. They are trying to data mine your private information. When Internet privacy laws first came out you were supposed to link to a privacy policy of how you use peoples personal information.

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