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Just saw this article on Salon published:

" If you’re worried about where America is heading, look no further than Tennessee. Its lush mountains and verdant rolling countryside belie a mean-spirited public policy that only makes sense if you believe deeply in the anti-collectivist, anti-altruist philosophy of Ayn Rand. It’s what you get when you combine hatred for government with disgust for poor people."

http://www.salon.com/2013/04/11/tennessee_ayn_rands_vision_of_paradise_partner/

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" In the Randian universe, it’s not enough to starve public education and the poor. You also must blame the poor both for their poverty and for the crumbling educational system. If a poor child is failing it must be the fault of low-income parents. So how do you drive the point home? You take away their welfare checks if their kids don’t do well in school, which is precisely what the Tennessee House and Senate are about to do. "

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This is so easily turned upside down its not even funny. 

 

 

"In a Kantian universe its not enough to cripple children by teaching them that their only means of survival is dependency on the sacrifices others, it actually has to be made into a reality."

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I found this article very encouraging.  If leftists are this worried about the pervasive influence of Ayn Rand, perhaps there is hope for the future, after all.

 

It’s a long-term project. After all, it required almost two generations of painstaking work for the Ayn Rand right to take over the national debate. It may take just as long to recapture it.

 

I had no idea we had taken over the national debate.  I only wish it were true. The election results last November clearly show that it is not true—but if we can scare the leftists into thinking we are winning, we must be doing something right.

 

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  A history of poverty is pretty bad. 

 

  Are the policies in place in Tennessee hurting or helping this situation though? 

According to the Mercatus Index Tennessee has a net migration rate of 4.7% and personal income growth of 1.62%. Starting from much lower, but compare California with -4.5% net migration despite being so pretty, and 0.38% income contraction. 

Also Mercatus says: "Our study has found that a positive relationship exists between a state's fiscal freedom and its net migration rate and income growth." Source: http://freedominthe50states.org/download/print-edition.pdf#page=99

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