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As we approach the end of 2012 we continue to see the scenario that Ayn Rand dramatized in Atlas Shrugged playing out in our world. As predatory politicians penalize and vilify the most productive members of our society (who are, on average, the most prosperous, too), those would-be victims flee.
A record number of Americans are renouncing their U.S. citizenship in order to avoid confiscatory taxes.
And 100,000 individuals have signed up with Mars One, a company seeking volunteers for a one-way trip to be permanent settlers on the Red Planet.
Both of these facts indicate that the best in the human spirit is still alive.
Representative Todd Akin, this year’s GOP candidate in the Missouri U.S. Senate race, has highlighted campaign-killing idiocies that provide valuable lessons for Republicans.
Everyone is now familiar with Akin’s idiotic response to a question concerning his pro-life views as they apply to abortion in cases of rape and incest: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
August 3, 2011—The major German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote that the debt-ceiling battle in Washington had a “civil war atmosphere.” But the war was not confined to atmospherics.
Pioneers have a vision of something better.
A recent article by Ammu Kannampilly entitled "India's unlikely romance with Ayn Rand," published by the Asian-based DAWN media group, calls attention to a trend that really isn’t so surprising. With free-market reforms in recent decades, India has become a fast-growing economy with new entrepreneurs and a middle class of millions.
One would thus expect an interest in Atlas Shrugged and Rand’s advocacy of capitalism. But interest goes deeper than this.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library is ready to open and the former president is giving interviews doubling down on the mantra that guided his administration: compassionate conservatism.
So it is time to decisively and deeply bury the decayed remnant of the Bush years in an impenetrable political tomb with a stake through its heart.