Governor Mark Sanford’s name is mentioned in the new edition of Newsweek, but it’s not what you might think.
The Governor wrote a three-page article on the late Russian novelist Ayn Rand, including a review of Anne Heller’s book, “Ayn Rand and the World She Made.” Rand, a philosopher who has long been a favorite of fiscal conservatives, emphasized the power and importance of the individual, especially an individual unhindered by government or society.
Sanford says he believes that many people recognize Rand’s truth, that government does not know best. Sanford writes that those in power in Washington or in Columbia, South Carolina, often lead themselves to believe that the prosperity of citizens depends on their wisdom but Sanford asserts that it doesn’t and writes that the prosperity and opportunity that citizens enjoy comes ultimately from the creative energies of those in business and inventors. But Sanford doesn’t hesitate to express criticism of Rand’s extreme views, saying that there is a role for a limited government to protect human rights.
Read Sanford’s article here.