Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ayn Rand's Views

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ayn Rand's Views

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It is clear that the purpose of Joe Margolis' Dec. 27 commentary ("Do Average Folks Get a Fair Shot Anymore?")was not to make a substantial point about economic policy but to misrepresent the views of philosopher-novelist Ayn Rand.

Ayn Rand advocated unequivocally for laissez-faire capitalism, a system in which the individual rights of everyone - rich or poor, lazy or productive - are sacrosanct and there is a complete separation of state from economics. She did not, contrary to Mr. Margolis' inaccurate piece, believe that public policy should "tilt" in favor of any group, and she decried corporate welfare and cronyism as she did other welfare-state programs.

With the government removed from the realm of economics, any real unfairness would be eliminated as there would be no ability to grant favors to anyone (e. …

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