GODLESS CAPITALISM: AYN RAND AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT

@article{Burns2004GODLESSCA,
  title={GODLESS CAPITALISM: AYN RAND AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT},
  author={Jennifer M. Burns},
  journal={Modern Intellectual History},
  year={2004},
  volume={1},
  pages={359 - 385}
}
This essay examines the relationship between the novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged) and the broader conservative movement in the twentieth-century United States. Although Rand was often dismissed as a lightweight popularizer, her works of radical individualism advanced bold arguments about the moral status of capitalism, and thus touched upon a core issue of conservative identity. Because Rand represented such a forthright pro-capitalist position, her career… 
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