In this chapter from A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand, Elan Journo answers the question: “What Should a Distinctively American Foreign Policy Do?” Read the chapter: What Should a Distinctively American Foreign Policy Do?
“Americanism” is not rooted in the nation, the race, or any other collective, but in a universal ideal: individualism. Read on: What is “Americanism”? Neither the right nor the left gets it. [Fox Business | Medium.com ]
The just-published A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand presents Rand’s little-known 1946 essay “Textbook of Americanism” and never-before-seen commentary on issues in political philosophy. Building on Rand’s philosophic thought, the book also features new essays from Objectivist scholars and writers exploring further aspects of the actual nature of Americanism.
In this video, Elan Journo and Ben Bayer explore the issue of tribalism in America today, discuss Amy Chua’s book Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, and touch on Ayn Rand’s analysis of tribalism.
Watch the video:
Listen to the discussion:
Elan Journo joins Carrie Sheffield of BoldTV and Nicole Goodkind of Newsweek for a discussion of What Justice Demands and the US-Saudi relationship in light of the Jamal Khashoggi incident.
Seventeen years, 2,351 Americans dead, 20,094 wounded. These grim numbers scarcely begin tell the story of the Afghanistan war, which marked its 17th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 7. It’s been a tragic failure, but for reasons few people understand.
By allying with Saudi Arabia’s Islamist monarchy, American policy betrays our own ideal of political freedom and sells out the regime’s victims — thus continuing a wider pattern in America’s Mideast policy. The essay spotlights the fate of Raif Badawi and the subjugation of Saudi women.
The range of Ayn Rand’s commentary on cultural-political issues was sweeping. You can see that, for example, in some of the topics she explored in her public lectures at the Ford Hall Forum: from the philosophic meaning of Woodstock and the moon landing, to the ecology movement and the moral significance of the Catholic Church’s views on contraception; from the nature of laissez-faire capitalism and freedom of speech, to the military draft and the Vietnam war.
I’ve often revisited her commentary on foreign policy and international relations, partly because — just as in her analysis of economic, political and cultural issues — there are enduring philosophical lessons with application today. It’s an area of her thought that I hope scholars will delve into.
So I was pleased to read a recent article, “Fostering liberty in international relations theory: the case of Ayn Rand,” by Edwin van de Haar in the academic journal International Politics. It’s encouraging to see academic work on Rand that takes her seriously.
Twenty five years ago, Israel and the Palestinians signed the fateful Oslo peace accord. What has been the legacy of this acclaimed venture in peacemaking?