Elan Journo

Elan Journo is a fellow and director of policy research at the Ayn Rand Institute. He specializes in the application of Rand’s ethics of rational egoism to public policy issues, and his research and writing focus on American foreign policy. His first book, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism, analyzes post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy from the perspective of Rand’s philosophy. He is co-author, with Onkar Ghate, of Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond. His upcoming book examines American policy toward the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Twitter: @elanjourno

How Much Ayn Rand Is There in Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy?


In Donald Trump’s “America first” policy we can detect “an unintended reincarnation of Ayn Rand,” suggests Arnold Steinberg in The American Spectator. Rand’s ideas may well have influenced Trump in some indirect way (the cultural impact of her philosophy is far-reaching). And I would welcome signs of such influence, having written two books that advocate […]

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