This is an excellent piece to help explain some of the situations the US is currently in, and how I’ve come to hold many of the political and economic beliefs that I do. As a libertarian, I subscribe to many, not all, of these tenets, and if you take the time to read Ayn Rand‘s seminal work, Atlas Shrugged, as well as this piece (or at least this article) by Edward W. Younkins, I think you’ll see why I view things the way I, and many others, do.
In addition to this work, I’ve spent no small amount of time studying its topics and have been surrounded by political types my whole life. Politics are a thing in some people’s families, and not so much in others’, I’ve noticed. Unless it’s “pop politics” or a political topic du jour, as designated by the mass media, most people don’t bother to workshop their theories or even research the basic viability. Most politicians don’t either. Politicians would make horrible marketers. They make fine snake-oil salesmen, but not legitimate marketers.
If you’re interested in making America a better place, this is worth a read, along with Ayn Rand’s works. Atlas Shrugged being the foremost, and Fountainhead.
Economics in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged: