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On Ayn Rand and the 2012 presidential election

Stanford Professor Jennifer Burns recently spoke with the 92nd Street Y about her new book Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. Pointing out the correlation between Rand and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, Burns explains how Rand’s philosophy of the “virtue of selfishness” and “favor of the individual” has become a tenant of American politics today. Interestingly, Burns says Rand might not have been a Romney/Ryan supporter, saying that “if these two religious believers are elected they will ultimately grow the state and endanger freedom because they don’t fully understand capitalism.”

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A version of this article originally appeared on 92nd Street Y Campaign for the American Conversation.

Jennifer Burns is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University and the author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. A nationally recognized authority on Rand and conservative thought, she has discussed her work on The Daily ShowThe Colbert ReportBook TV, and has been interviewed on numerous radio programs. Read her previous blog posts: “Top Three Questions About My Interview On The Daily Show” and “Top 3 differences between The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.”

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