The Business End of Freedom

If you still believe big business is, as novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand famously described it, “America’s Persecuted Minority,” then you must be on the same amphetamines she was taking.

Conservatives have a nasty habit of being sympathetic to corporations, viewing them as a bulwark against government overreach.

The reality is far different.

  • Actually, Ayn Rand clearly acknowledged two kinds of businessmen (or women). The creative and productive ones, like Dagny Taggart, John Galt or Hank Rearden, and on the other hand the second-handers who use government handouts to buttress their incompetence, like Dagny Taggart’s brother.

    I doubt she was on amphetamines, but she did smoke a lot of cigarettes apparently.

    • Alain

      You are correct. Ayn Rand would never have approved of corporate socialism, which is what the majority of big businesses have become. That has nothing in common with creative and productive businesses.

    • Waffle

      He could have read the Wikip. “summary” — the Cole’s Notes of today’s generation.

  • Clausewitz

    Ah the asinine ramblings of a progressive taker. Screw society and the ability to actually create wealth, but give me my free stuff because I’m a special snowflake. As to his issue with Christians living their lives in public, does that mean you’ll actually man up and fight back against Muslims living their lives in public through murder, massacre, and bombings, killing the old, women, and children?

    • How many companies support Planned Parenthood, rail against traditional marriage and use slave labour?

      These are not values the West should embrace.

      • Clausewitz

        Those are the one’s I boycott.

        • Indeed.

          That’s why we should hold private companies/corporations to a set of standards.

          They also squeeze out mom/pop organisations, too.

  • Maxsteele

    First, you jump right on that Trump bandwagon and now you are criticizing Ayn Rand without, obviously, really listening or understanding her philosophy. A bit of a contradiction there as Trump is a proud and acknowledged crony capitalist. The business man Rand describes is the “trader” who is utilizing his brain and talent to create wealth and are the engine that drives the world. What you and this post describe are crony capitalists whom Rand had pity for as it is the corrupt politician that forces them to play the game or die. She both pities then and absolves them as no one should have to martyr themselves, their companies and their employees by not taking government hand outs if they are there to be had for survival. The politicians create this environment of choosing winners and losers by their corruption. Not absolving those business men that do this as they are also guilty but to blame all for the state of our economy is ridiculous.
    If it was not for them we would still be rubbing sticks together to create fire. Remember that the majority of the economy consists of small businesses run by ma and pop stores.
    You are making it very hard to want to follow you blog with posts like this.

    • G

      There’s nothing wrong with the blog post. There is nothing “ridiculous'” about BCFs support of Trump or his repudiation of crony capitalism.

      Your equating a self run or 1 employee mom & pop landscaping business or liquor store being the same as something like Bombardier (which is basically in the subsidy business) is the really ridiculous statement.

    • Clink9

      The post was written by James Miller.

  • DD_Austin

    Business and corporations are two differient things

    Business creates wealth, Corporations create lawyers, accountants and bureaucrats

  • Tom Forsythe

    Big business is no friend to conservatives. Who do you think is funding Hillary/Jeb/Marco etc? The ads they make and the TV shows they sponsor are all full of PC garbage.