The Common Good
November 2010

Resources on Ayn Rand, Libertarianism, and the Tea Party

by Claire Lorentzen | November 2010

Here is a list of resources that will help further develop an understanding of Ayn Rand's philosophy, view of religion, and connection to libertarianism and Tea Party ideology.

Here is a list of resources that will help further develop an understanding of Ayn Rand's philosophy, view of religion, and connection to libertarianism and Tea Party ideology.


BOOKS and FILMS:

Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne Conover Heller (2010) is the most recently written biography of Rand, which, in its 608 pages, does not leave a facet of Rand's life and work untouched.

Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns (2009) is a historical biography of Rand's life which focuses on her influence in American politics and culture from the 1930s to the present.

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff (1993) is a study of Rand's philosophical views.

Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life is a documentary film which explores Rand's life and work.

ONLINE RESOURCES:

Rand discusses her views on God and religion in this compilation of video clips from various interviews.

Facets of Ayn Rand is a multi-media informational website about Rand's life and work, which includes photographs and audio clips.

During an interview in 1971, Rand answers questions about Libertarians.

GOD'S POLITICS BLOG POSTS:

How Christian is the Tea Party? By Jim Wallis
The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. Like the Democratic and Republican parties it seeks to challenge, it is a secular movement, not a Christian one. As with both major political parties, people who regard themselves as Christians may be involved in, or sympathetic to, the new Tea Party; but that doesn’t make it “Christian.”

Why the Tea Party Movement Should be Anti-War? By Valerie Elverton Dixon
What is the Tea Party position on war? While we witness crowds gathering in the name of the Boston Tea Party protest against taxes, I wonder if people in the crowd remember why Great Britain levied so many taxes on goods consumed by people in the American colonies. The answer: war.

Wearing My Jesus Goggles to the Boston Tea Party, by Steve Holt
I knew Tea Party supporters were a patriotic bunch, so the red, white, and blue didn’t come as much of a shock. What surprised me a bit was the support of militarism and American exceptionalism.

If the Tea Party movement were consistent, it would tackle defense spending, by Bryan Farrell
Let’s continue to assume that the Tea Party movement is a relatively large, but homogeneous, group of people. Can such a movement succeed? The recent indigenous protests in Peru had some level of success with probably fewer people. Of course, they were fighting for a very specific and defined cause, rooted in social justice. The same cannot be said for the Tea Party movement.

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