"RUSSIA'S AYN FACTOR" The Wall Street Journal's Editorial for 5/4/00 features Rand's impact on Russia.

FYI:  from Ayn Rand File section of WeTheLiving email group.

Greg Thompson wrote:

The Wall Street Journal's official editorial for 5/4/00 is headlined: "Russia's Ayn Factor." Under a sketch of Vladamir Putin reads the caption: "Her
disciple?"

The editorial is on page A26. Here are some of the highlights:

"Is it possible he has read Ayn Rand's epic 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged? One of his economic advisors recently revealed that a Russian translation of Rand's novel sits on a shelf in Mr. Putin's private library. We'd have preferred to hear he had a worn copy of Hayek's 'Road to Serfdom' at his bedside, but we can think of worse influences on a Russian president. At the least, Rand's devotion to reason and individualism, and her moral defense of capitalism as the system that best allows these ideals to flourish, could use more airing in Russia."

The article goes on to talk about the various free market economists (including Illarionov) that Putin has assembled.

This is truly a monumental testament to the spread of Rand's ideas. Barbara Branden mentioned that Rand would have "fainted" after hearing of these events. It is indeed amazing that Rand's ideas are finally being
mentioned at the higest levels of Russian government.

As many of us lose sleep over the philosophical state of the world, let this example give us some peace of mind. Free market thinking is alive and well throughout the globe and more and more people are realizing that freedom and capitalism go hand in hand.

Rand, Hayek, Von Mises -- these thinkers are winning the war of ideas. I, for one, am optimistic about the future.   - GT


"When government coercion is used to promote virtue, there cannot be liberty." - Walter E. Williams