Thursday, May 31, 2012
• Next on the endangered species list: the middle class!
Homer M., Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT)
Nobel Prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman, recently called Ryan's budget, "the most fraudulent budget in American history." On May 8, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a letter to Congress condemning his budget for proposing deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans' aid, education, food stamps and women's health benefits. Ninety faculty members from Catholic-affiliated Georgetown University wrote in a separate letter to the House that Ryan's budget "appears to reflect the values of your (Ryan's) favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
• • We can't afford to marginalize exceptional people
Nevada Appeal, Nevada Appeal (Carson City)
Atlas Shrugged |
All this reminds me of Ayn Rand's last novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” where many of society's most productive citizens start refusing to be exploited by increasing taxes and regulation. The most productive minds of the world essentially go on strike and disappear. These minds of the world hope to demonstrate that a world where a person is not free to create is doomed. Civilization cannot exist if every person is a slave to their government.
• • Alabama Fights a UN Land Grab
Justice Gilpin-Green, Townhall.com
Individual Rights |
Individual rights must take a backseat to community interests. Sound familiar? That’s probably because it’s been the ideology that American presidents have been agreeing to since 1992. Enter Agenda 21, the 40 chapter document from the United Nations that establishes environmental “principles” at local, national, regional, and international levels-and the object of Ayn Rand’s nightmare.
• E3 Preview: Tomorrow's Video Games, Briefly Teased Today!
Dan Ackerman and Libe Goad, SPIN - Geek Show
[T]he Bioshock games are truly unique, mixing retro settings with political commentary and satire. The first two games played off of Ayn Rand's writing and the philosophy of Objectivism, while Bioshock Infinite, from the previous demos of the game we've seen, tackles early 20th century American themes of exceptionalism versus isolationism -- while sending you running around in a floating steampunk city filled with killer cyborgs and time rifts, of course.
• The Hollywood hustle : Correspondents 2012 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide
Yianni Agisilaou, Chortle
I guess promoters can demand whatever the market will bear but to me it’s not what comedy is about. Ayn Rand might have been a good businesswoman, but I bet she wasn’t very funny.
• Peter Foster: Last tango in Argentina?
Peter Foster, National Post
That Argentina is being hauled before the World Trade Organization by the European Union for its beggar-thy-neighbour trade and investment policies at the same time as it is being hailed as a model for Greek salvation confirms that we live in interesting times. That Argentina’s policies — in particular the recent expropriation of YPF, the local subsidiary of Spanish oil giant Repsol — are ostensibly being guided by an academic with Elvis sideburns who combines Che Guevara with John Maynard Keynes suggests a stranger-than-fiction narrative somewhere between Gabriel García Márquez and Ayn Rand.
• What It Do: Praising Caesar
Alex Benson, Aquarian Weekly
[Paul] Ryan spent the Bush era quoting Ayn Rand and voting for every single budget busting policy put forth by the White House, from the tax cuts to the Medicare prescription drug benefit. It was only when a Democrat took up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that he discovered the existential threat posed by federal deficits.
• • SEC Network Given Super Awesome Code Name
Jason Kirk, SB Nation
Atlas Shrugged |
So the impending SEC Network's secret insider name is reportedly Project X, which is the same name as about a million other things, but most interestingly a doomsday device in Atlas Shrugged.
• • A Man and Some Woman: Enjoy the claustrophobia
J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail (Toronto)
[Playwright Githa] Sowerby, the program notes remind us, was a Fabian and a socialist, but I don’t imagine Ayn Rand would find A Man and Some Women objectionable. Jessica urges Dick to ignore familial ties and follow his bliss, while the play in general seems intent on illustrating how not working for a living and being reliant on others can turn women into useless gossiping nags.
• • T-SPLOST ‘extraordinarily wasteful’
Tom Sabulis, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
[Lance Lamberton, founder of the Cobb County Taxpayers Association:] Basic economic rule of thumb: A “subsidy” is the marketplace’s way of saying that a project is inefficient, wasteful, cannot be justified and diverts capital away from wealth producing investments. It takes, by force, money from productive citizens and puts it in the hands of those who wish to live off the efforts of others — what author and philosopher Ayn Rand would describe as the moochers and looters.
• • 11 Ways Mitt Romney Shows His Rich-Guy, Ayn Randian Cluelessness
Adele M. Stan, AlterNet
I've collected a smattering of evidence of Romney's Ayn Rand game plan, listed below, which actually wasn't all that hard, since former Romney primary opponents Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry did much of the work for me.