2 Articles by: Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan is a historian, journalist, activist, and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University.

Who Is Ayn Rand?

An upsurge in business activism joined with libertarians and conservatives to usher in neoliberalism’s dominance by the 1980s election of Ronald Reagan. A key piece of that dominance: Ayn Rand’s philosophy of optimistic cruelty, nearly perfect in its immorality.