Ayn Rand's Ugly Step Child is to blame for the recent/current economic shit the world faced and is still facing. To start with... Alan Greenspan was a close associate and follower of Ayn Rand and her nutjob beliefs; Objectivism. Reagan and the GOP conservatives who embraced Obejctivist ecomonic policies, policies arguing for little to no regullation in the finacial markets, came into power in the 80s. These greed driven nitwits along with conservative economists appointed by Bill Clinton (embraced by many a liberal because of the greed factors...greed over ethical principles) caused the current economic meltdown. Conservative economic theories and Ayn Rand's foolish belief system = Economic Meltdown Saw a great PBS program on some of this...www.pbs.org The progam touched on the old 90s financial mess that foretold the problems we would eventual face with over-the-counter OTC derivatives. The invisible hand of Ayn Rand (most likely pulled out of her ass) is evident throughout the financial system over the last three decades. Proctor & Gamble's lawsuit against Bankers Trust...www.nytimes.com is an interesting peek inside the Voodoo economics of the last three decades.