In March of 1964, Ayn Rand published an essay titled “How to Judge a Political Candidate.” Her points resonate 52 years later:
- A candidate’s overall philosophy isn’t as important as their political philosophy
- They’re being elected for a specific job, not philosopher King
- A vote for a candidate is an endorsement only of their basic principles
- The essential issue: statism VS freedom
- “If a candidate evades, equivocates and hides his stand under a junk-heap of random concretes, we must add up those concretes and judge him accordingly”
- “An election campaign is not the time to teach people the fundamentals of political theory, and a candidate is not a teacher”
If you’re a freedom-loving and liberty-minded individual, the fundamental approach to a candidate must be to evaluate how involved they think the government should be in our lives. Regardless of rhetoric, emotion, and appeal, this is foundational. Rand was right.
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