Thursday, January 22, 2009

Capitalist Heroes: The Unknown Ideal

  Now that Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States, capitalism is in for a rough four years. Now, as much as I consider myself an Objectivist, and celebrate the "Randian" hero, I believe, like Rand, that capitalism has been an "unknown ideal." We've had a mixture of capitalism and socialism, and when things go bad, it's capitalism that gets the blame. But if I am NOT a leftist, I am by no means a Republican, either. As Rand points out several times, the Right has betrayed its principles time and time again, via religion and "me-too'ism." If John McCain had been elected, I'd be no happier. 

 With that said, it's hard to point to a "pure" capitalist hero. Rand had to invent her own. Even when her fictional characters were based on real people, it only went down so far, whether because of the religiousness, or capacity to sell-out capitalism from said real-people. (As noted by "Ellsworth Toohey," “It is always safe to denounce the rich.  Everyone will help you, the rich first.”) I'd like to start a series of posts on such real capitalist heroes when I can find them, but I think that it will be a while before we see one that I can admire without reservations. But I'm willing to hear your nominations...