Once upon a time, Democrats and Republicans lived in a political Eden, blithely unaware that the forbidden fruit was ready to be plucked from the Tree of Life and turned into apple sauce. Were the first shots of a Libertarian Armageddon ironically fired by a trio of women from diverse backgrounds?
The women could not be more different. They went on to inspire the Libertarian Party, conservatives, and thinkers like William F. Buckley, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and every conservative talking radio head in the country . It all began with three books, one by each author, all published in the same year – 1943. That year Ayn Rand’s “classic” The Fountainhead, Isabel Paterson’s The God of the Machine, and Rose Wilder Lane’s The Discovery of Freedom began to turn the political world inside out.
Isabel Paterson and Ayn Rand were correspondents until they had a falling out because Paterson, a Christian, could no longer deal with the self-serving Rand’s extreme anti-Christian views. Rand did not approve of Paterson’s linkage of capitalism with religion, a philosophy which would lone day greatly influence a young William F. Buckley, Jr. and Russell Kirk. Both men would go on to found the National Review.
Ayn Rand is famous for Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. The great Christian psychologist, M. Scott Peck, considered Rand something of a narcissistic psychopath. In Peck’s devastating People of the Lie, he likens people who have the same characteristics as Rand as “pure evil”. Noam Chomsky declared Rand to be one of the most evil intellectual figures in modern history and Buckley himself eventually rejected her philosophy. She detested Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and eventually, Ronald Reagan.
Her philosophy today appears to be more like hedonistic self-serving than a viable political philosophy. According to Ayn Rand, "greed is good," the ends justify the means, you step over people to get your way. You do what you must to survive and to prosper. Perhaps it is appropriate that two of her followers today include Bob Barr and Ron Paul.
ROSE WILDER LANE
Rose Wilder Lane was the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder. In all probability Lane acquired her staunch up-by-the-boot-straps philosophy of life from her parents, who experienced one hardship after another while their only surviving child was growing into a very successful journalist.
During the Depression, her mother grew annoyed with friends and neighbors who constantly complained about the hard times they were experiencing. She began writing stories about her life as a girl. A legend was born. Later in life, Rose Wilder Lane became the sole beneficiary of a well-organized estate. The residuals from the books, movies, and the television series, Little House on the Prairie, were eventually channeled into several organizations, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Mansfield, Missouri, as well as into various Libertarian organizations and projects. One of Lane’s many adopted children, Roger McBride, became the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President in 1976.
The libertarian philosophies of Isabel Paterson, Ayn Rand, and Rose Wilder Lane were soon blended with the conservative, religious, and social philosophies of three self serving men, one of whom ought to be heralded as The Great Conservative Con Artist.
A direct marketing schmuck who figured out a way to make a buck, Richard Viguerie founded American Target Marketing in 1965, allegedly promoting “Christian” and “Conservative” principles. His fast-buck direct marketing scheme has been used, manipulated, and transformed a number of times over the years. He has at times been associated with Young Americans for Freedom, the Moral Majority, Conservative Digest, and recently basically bought and paid for the Libertarian Party, where he is appears to be promoting Ron Paul.
Viguerie, who claims to be a “Christian” has been working hand in glove with cult leader Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church of Moonie fame. His offices are in a building owned by the church.
Currently Viguerie is prostituting himself to any cable station which will let him continue his incessant denigration of Republicans. Contrary to Viguerie’s current spew, back in the 1980s he, along with Howard Phillips and Paul Weyrich, was among the first to betray Ronald Reagan. When Reagan refused to kowtow to their demands once he became POTUS, they treated Nancy Reagan terribly, and tried to cause enough trouble to force Ronald Reagan to not run for a 2nd term. Of course you will find none of this on your average conservative site, only how badly the GOP is doing because George W. Bush betrayed everyone.