The Neoliberal Ideologue

  • Sarah Comyn
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Economics book series (PSLCE)


Comyn examines the vision of a market-based ethics and ideology expounded in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (1957) and Friedrich von Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom (1944). Comyn argues that while the moral code proposed by Atlas Shrugged means that it remains a controversial novel, its celebration of homo economicus as a creative individual and its belief that this individual’s unwavering pursuit of wealth, self-interest and success is in some manner beneficial for society as a whole, is emblematic of the neoliberal turn in economics. Despite neoliberal economists’ claims and celebrations of the amorality of the market, this chapter illustrates how neoliberalism frames the market as a morally superior system to socialism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Comyn
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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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