OBJECTIVIST DARROW CLEMENTS RUNS FOR CALIFORNIA
by Hank Willow, staff reporter [August
[HollywoodInvestigator.com] Darrow Clements, a self-described Objectivist and admirer of philosopher
Ayn Rand, is running for governor of California as a Republican.
Clements spent Friday night, August 8, collecting signatures on Santa Monica's
Third Street Promenade to get his name on the recall ballot -- and the
Hollywood Investigator was there!
Clements is running as a
Republican because, he says, it's easier for a man of his small government
views to get signatures from Republicans.
Running as a Republican,
Clements says he cannot accept signatures from non- Republicans.
But despite Santa Monica's liberal voter base, its Promenade attracts fun
lovers from throughout L.A. county, and Clements quickly found three young
men (one from Topanga) ready to sign his papers.
appealed to the three young Republicans by criticizing the war on drugs.
One of the men asked Clements about abortion, and Clements replied: "I'm
"Are you sure
you're a Republican?" asked the pleasantly surprised youth.
of explanation, Clements suggested that he read Ayn Rand's The
Fountainhead and Atlas
the Hollywood Investigator was the only media covering this bombshell event,
and is thus able to bring its readers an exclusive interview with Clements.
as 250 candidates may end up running for governor on California's
2003 Davis recall ballot -- including many other small government advocates
the Hollywood Investigator asked Clements what set him apart from the other
to reduce government more than they do," said Clements.
about Ned Roscoe, who is supported by many California
Libertarian Party officials and also advocates smaller government,
Clements replied, "I haven't studied his positions, but that's good."
is another declared Libertarian candidate.
is a philosophy advocating "rational selfishness" and capitalism, founded
by the late philosopher Ayn Rand. Clements confirmed that he is an
and that Rand is an "influence" on him.
asked Clements him how his Objectivism would affect his policies and style
be more principled," he replied. "I won't be a hit or miss candidate.
I'll know exactly what's right and wrong, and I'll know exactly what works
to make the economy prosperous without having to spend a lot of time taking
many libertarians admire Rand, she herself disliked libertarians and the Libertarian
Party. In 1976, Rand endorsed President Gerald Ford, a man she
often praised, and whom she preferred to either Ronald Reagan or Jimmy
Carter -- or the Libertarian Party's Roger
Rand died in 1982, many Objectivists still carry Rand's distaste for libertarians.
The Investigator asked Clements for his views on the Libertarian Party.
it's a bad strategy in a winner take all system like America," said Clements.
"I would favor the Libertarian Party strategy in a parliamentary system
like Great Britain, where you get the number of seats according to the
number of votes that you win."
for his views on Leonard Peikoff's Ayn
Rand Institute (the "official" representatives of contemporary Objectivism),
Clements replied, "I don't like the fact that [Peikoff] is not open enough
to have debate about some of the issues of Objectivism. I think the
Ayn Rand Institute is doing a good job, but they need to be more open to
debate and discussion."
"open" splinter group from Objectivism is the Objectivist
collecting his three signatures, Clements and about a half dozen of his
supporters tried enticing listeners for his speech. But despite using
a bullhorn, Clements failed to compete with the street performers and musical
acts that crowd the Promenade on a Friday night. Clements tried to
hire a musician to attract attention, but the musician was midway between
his act elsewhere on the Promenade. Failing to attract interest,
group soon dispersed to other areas of Santa Monica, seeking signatures.
Clements is registered
to run as "D.
(Logan Darrow) Clements".
Copyright 2003 by HollywoodInvestigator.com
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