Donald Trump, who threatens to put tariffs on China, Mexico and other trading partners, if he becomes president and who claims he will warn Ford, Apple and Carrier about moving business out of the country, says he is an Ayn Rand fan.
Kirsten Powers recently sat down for an interview with Trump. Her report on the exchnage was published today at USA Today and included this:
Trump described himself as an Ayn Rand fan. He said of her novel The Fountainhead, “It relates to business (and) beauty (and) life and inner emotions. That book relates to ... everything.” He identified with Howard Roark, the novel's idealistic protagonist who designs skyscrapers and rages against the establishment.Somebody should hand Trump a copy of Rand's Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, where she writes in a chapter titled, The Roots of War:
When I pointed out that The Fountainhead is in a way about the tyranny of groupthink, Trump sat up and said, “That’s what is happening here.” He then recounted a call he received from a liberal journalist: “How does it feel to have done what you have done? I said what have I done. He said nobody ever in the history of this country has done what you have done. And I said, well, if I lose, then no big deal. And he said no, no, if you lose, it doesn’t matter because this will be talked about forever.
"And I said it will be talked about more if I win.”
The essence of capitalism's foreign policy is free trade--i.e., the abolition of trade barriers, of protective tariffs, of special privileges--the opening of the world's trade routes to free international exchange and competition among the private citizens of all countries dealing directly with one another. During the nineteenth century, it was free trade that liberated the world, undercutting and wrecking the remnants of feudalism and the statist tyranny of absolute monarchies.-RW