Greenspan Shrugged? How Did Ayn Rand Influence Greenspan's Policy

In other words, Ayn Rand's theory of the "morality of self-interest" exactly parallels Alan Greenspan's testimony today about his now-shaken belief in the ability of "self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder's equity."

Early in his career, Alan was an avid Rand acolyte, a frequent guest at the Manhattan salon of the novelist and philosopher, and those who gathered to hear the litanies of like-minded notables were loosely known as "The Collective." It was there that the Rand philosophy of Objectivism was discussed in the context of current events, world markets and religion.

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