October 14, 2012

How the free market uses government … how Ayn Rand became the gateway drug for right wingers like Paul Ryan … and how Joe Biden exposed Ryan’s extremism.

  • Oct. 14, 2012 Oct. 14, 2012 Steven Conn points out “free-market fundamentalists” are laissez-faire when it suits them, like when it comes to suppressing women’s rights and voting rights. Jennifer Burns says Ayn Rand’s “objectivism” is a gateway drug to life on the right. Then, Bill Press interviews Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown after Biden’s take-down of Ryan. And Jim Hightower takes a look at plutocrats on welfare.
  • Steven Conn Steven Conn Ohio State's Steven Conn’s new book, “To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government,” takes apart the myth of a free market. He points out that there has never been a truly free market in America because the private sector routinely relies on government – from building railroads to banning women’s reproductive choices.
  • Jennifer Burns Jennifer Burns Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan was an acolyte of right-wing philosopher Ayn Rand. Stanford's Jennifer Burns is a professor at Stanford who is an expert on that philosophy, and she explains its hold on Ryan and other extreme conservatives. According to Burns, Ayn Rand is “a gateway drug to life on the right.”
  • Sherrod Brown Sherrod Brown Bill Press and guest Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown with a morning-after analysis of the vice presidential debate.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Jim Hightower takes a look at plutocrats on welfare.

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