Mean Girl : Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century Rand, Ayn 20th century 21st century american politics ayn rand cold war conservative politics contemporary philosophy cults donald trump famous novelist famous writer greed intellectual libertarian life and death life story modern philosopher modern philosophy neoliberal paul ryan philosopher philosophical philosophy political right politics public figure right wing politics russian revolution
University of California Press 2019EISBN 0520967798
";Astute.";-New York Times Ayn Rand's complicated notoriety as popular writer, leader of a political and philosophical cult, reviled intellectual, and ostentatious public figure endured beyond her death in 1982. In the twenty-first century, she has been resurrected as a serious reference point for mainstream figures, especially those on the political right from Paul Ryan to Donald Trump. Mean Girlfollows Rand's trail through the twentieth century from the Russian Revolution to the Cold War and traces her posthumous appeal and the influence of her novels via her cruel, surly, sexy heroes. Outlining the impact of Rand's philosophy of selfishness, Mean Girl illuminates the Randian shape of our neoliberal, contemporary culture of greed and the dilemmas we face in our political present.