Friday, June 07, 2013
• • Like Christie and Obama had any choice but be nice to each other
The primary victim of Obama’s increasingly sad attempts at seeking common ground hasn’t been his party, it’s really been himself. Because he’s just been making his own job — governing the country — harder, by promoting the notion that Republicans are reasonable. (He’s obviously dialed back on this notion since 2010.) Chris Christie isn’t James Inhofe, and he’s not an Islamophobe and he’s not a Randian, but the more politically successful he is, the better it is for his political party, which is made up in large part of James Inhofes, Islamophobes, Randians, and worse.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, December 10, 2012
• • Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan care about poor people now
Paul Ryan |
[A]nyone who buys that Paul Ryan is making a substantive change in his beliefs should be laughed out of the business of political journalism. The man is a product, top to bottom, of the conservative movement. As an avowed Randian, he should support income inequality as the natural order. A Ryan-led “war on poverty” would be an actual war, on the impoverished.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Thursday, December 29, 2011
• Ron Paul and his racist newsletters
To drastically oversimplify, guys like Hayek made pragmatic economic arguments (and left room for a “limited” state to provide some measure of assistance to the needy) and [Murray] Rothbard made Randian philosophical arguments (and was radically anti-state). And Rothbard went full-on neo-Confederate in order to win over the “rednecks.”
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
• • Rand Paul, America’s dumbest senator, will not be enslaved by your “right” to basic healthcare
Rand Paul |
Offensive, insulting, infused with the self-pitying victimology of the very privileged, and so self-evidently dumb that a college freshman who just discovered Ayn Rand would be embarrassed to have said it. It’s a Rand Paul argument, all right! [....] The nice thing about Paul is that he makes many Randian arguments sound precisely as stupid as they are.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
• Tea Partyers don’t actually care about “liberty”
The Tea Party movement was largely embraced by institutional libertarians -- a small group, numerically, but a well-funded and influential one in Washington -- as proof of popular endorsement of their ideas about the federal government. The formerly fringey Ron Paul “outsider” shtick was suddenly much more marketable than traditional pious Republicanism, so it seemed, perhaps, that America had moved in a Randian direction.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
• Glenn Beck denounces those who seek to “reconstruct” our “system”
We The Living |
[Glenn Beck’s] open letter [...] points out Jared Loughner "cited the Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books" but fails to mention the Ayn Rand book.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• No. 15: Mort Zuckerman
While [Mort ] Zuckerman has always randomly switched back and forth between the parties, his peers have lately decided themselves Democrats. These billionaires allow the Democratic Party to compete, monetarily, with the Republicans (who win the support of the coldly ideological wealthy -- the ones who’ve read Ayn Rand or who make their living raping the earth).
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
• Koch beats Bloomberg in richest New Yorker contest
The Forbes Sexiest Plutocrat list is out! Big news in New York: Reasonable moderate centrist billionaire Republican mayor-for-life Michael Bloomberg lost his “richest man in town” award to shadowy puppet-master far-right Randian climate change denialist front group-funding second-generation oil-and-gas billionaire David Koch. This says something or other about the state of our nation, right?
Saturday, July 24, 2010
• Tucker Carlson will keep releasing, misrepresenting Journolist emails
The Fountainhead |
Jonah Goldberg just thinks this is all funny, because lol liberals. “So much of it reads like dorm room b.s. from the student-government crowd,” he writes. Unlike his published work on THE Corner, which reads more like dorm room b.s. from the crowd that kept babbling about “The Fountainhead” every time they got high.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
• Rand Paul, dorm room libertarian
Rand Paul |
Rand Paul: He quotes Ayn Rand, Milan Kundera and the band Rush, and he’s obviously never thought through the things he argues beyond the most superficial levels. Rand Paul is a dorm room pothead.
Thursday, April 01, 2010
• • Glenn Beck’s novel title revealed!
Glenn Beck naming his Ayn Rand (another radical fringe lunatic who's been successfully made mainstream over the last 40 years) ripoff novel after the political science theory that made his success possible is just a lovely thought, isn't it?
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
• • John Mackey: Enlightened, annoying capitalist
Atlas Shrugged |
[Mackey] is a global warming-denying [...] right-wing old businessman like any other, only worse, because his adolescent love affair with the Ayn Rand books that convince teenage boys that they're secretly the masters of the universe happened after he made his first million.
Friday, August 07, 2009
• Budd Schulberg, writer
Atlas Shrugged |
In 1941, [Schulberger] wrote What Makes Sammy Run, his brilliant depiction of "the spirit of Horatio Alger gone mad." Lower East Side kid Sammy Glick goes from copy boy to powerful screenwriter/producer on the strength of his relentless ambition and conniving. It's the story of America's habit of rewarding the most sociopathic tendencies the country breeds into those unfortunate enough to be born without shit. It's Atlas Shrugged in reverse—Glick steals everything he "produces," and takes the money, and recognition for himself.