She was an anti-communist and anti-Soviet after being born as a Jew in St. Petersberg before the 1917 revolution.
Audio: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed, 3 hr 19 min, Jun 3, 2019
Lisa Duggan, Mean Girl, UC Press, 2019
Ayn Rand’s novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged have been called gateway drugs to rightwing ideas for so many Americans. And while the works of the writer and philosopher have seen a resurgence since the global economic crisis, her influence has been undeniably huge and sustained since those books were originally published in mid-century. Historian Lisa Duggan examines what is at the heart of Rand’s enduring appeal.
Lisa Duggan, Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed UC Press, 2019
Original: Audio: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed, 3 hr 19 min