Frank Rich in yesterday’s op-ed said this:
Beck has notoriously defamed Obama as a “racist,” but the race card is just one in his deck. His ideology, if it can be called that, mixes idolatrous Ayn Rand libertarianism with bumper-sticker slogans about “freedom,” self-help homilies and lunatic conspiracy theories. (He fanned Internet rumors that FEMA was establishing concentration camps before tardily beating a retreat.) It’s the same crazy-quilt cosmology that could be found in last weekend’s Washington protest, where the marchers variously called Obama a fascist, a communist and a socialist, likening him to Hitler, Stalin, Castro and Pol Pot. They may not know that some of these libels are mutually exclusive. But what they do know is that they need a scapegoat for what ails them, and there is no one handier than a liberal, all-powerful president (who just happens to be black).
Beck is not alone. O’Reilly, Limbaugh, and others are with him. I’m not sure if I’d call them “fans” of Ayn Rand, but they do quote her quite often to make a positive point. On the other hand, I’ve heard Leonard Peikoff say something to the effect that “no self-respecting Objectivist could vote Republican.” Furthermore, in a recent article by The Christian Post suggesting that libertarians may align more with liberals on the social issues, unless we do something to engage and forge relationships.
In The Soul of Atlas and in my interviews, op eds, and blog posts (not to mention my participation in digital forums all over the internet), I have been making the case that there are more commonly-held values between Christian conservatives and secular libertarians: certainly more than would be suggested by the limited interaction between the two groups.
As always, I appreciate your best thoughts. Where does Rand fall in the spectrum of today’s liberal and conservative?