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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

• • Deficit-deluded tea party Republicans love the sequester scheme 
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Capitalism  | The tea party folks may be sincere, loyal citizens, but their notions about how the economy works are exactly that: mere notions. Their core notion is that government needs to do nothing more than get out of the way of business in order for the economy to boom and bloom. In an 18th century world or in the fiction of Ayn Rand that might have worked, but the reality is different. The United States became the world’s biggest economy in the post- years for many reasons, but one big reason is that government played a pivotal role.

Monday, January 28, 2013

 Obama’s inaugural speech provokes rattled Republicans 
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Have Republicans not noticed that most Americans, including most aging tea party activists, like Social Security and Medicare? For Obama to speak up for those big pieces of the social safety net is about as controversial as endorsing apple pie, the flag and good old mom, except to people who have been reading too much Ayn Rand.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

• • AIG and big banks are the ‘Takers’ taking from the rest of us 
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The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  | In “The Fountainhead” and her other tomes of hyper-libertarian fantasy, Ayn Rand posits that society is composed of “Makers and Takers.” In her vision, it is the creative supermen of industry who are the Makers and it is the work-averse, collectivist leeches who feed off the wealth of capitalist empire builders who are the Takers.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

 Right wingers careen into craziness to explain Obama’s victory 
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Right-wingers will not let go of their own misleading mythology. They have a constricted vision of who the “real Americans” are and who they are not. Until election night, they still believed that people like themselves constituted a majority in this country. Now that they are faced with the truth of their own diminishing numbers, they are rejiggering reality. Incapable of accepting that the millions of people who voted for Obama are overwhelmingly hardworking, family-loving, patriotic Americans, they have to imagine them as the “takers” that Ayn Rand warned them were coming.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

• • • Romney-Ryan Republicans pray to Jesus but bow to Ayn Rand 
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Altruism  |Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Individual Rights  |Image  | Many Republicans believe theirs is the party of Jesus Christ, but, in practice, they are the party of an atheist, Hollywood intellectual named Ayn Rand. After establishing a career as a screenwriter, Ayn Rand authored two novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” that are the intellectual bibles of libertarian conservatives, corporate executives and callow undergraduates. Among the many aspirational young conservatives inspired by Rand’s philosophy was a kid named Paul D. Ryan.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

• • Atlas shrugged? 
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Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | Cartoon and commentary.