Why Universities Should Teach Ayn Rand Alongside Karl Marx

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jon Hersey

“Studying The Communist Manifesto and the things it led to in practice is monumentally important to understanding the history of the 20th century — not because communism worked, but because it was so destructive. College students ought to learn what ideas animated Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution and led to the deaths of tens of millions under Lenin and Stalin. … But this is not the focus of most lessons on Marxism. Insofar as professors endorse Marxist presuppositions and prescriptions, they do their students — and the world — a tremendous disservice. If professors want to prepare students for the real world, they should continue teaching The Communist Manifesto. But they should teach it alongside a book that empowers students to see its grievous faults — Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.” (09/03/21)