Monday, November 19, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
• Ryan-Romney Budget Killing Republicans
When Ayn Rand, Gordon Gekko, and Rush Limbaugh are your side’s philosophers, it makes it very easy to tell a morality tale and have it hit home. When the other side wants to cut health care for Grandma, along with school lunches, Head Start and classroom teachers for your kids, in order to give even more tax cuts for millionaires, it is pretty easy to make the case that the other side is morally bankrupt. You don’t have to go to your Bible, as I sometimes like to do, for quotes about right and wrong to know how deeply wrong the Ryan budget is.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
• • Most Conservative Congress in How Long?
The Robber Barons were hiring the Pinkertons to (literally) murder union leaders, and were (literally) buying off elected officials to get whatever they wanted out of the government: money for bribery was openly allocated in yearly corporate budgets. These huge corporate trusts were working hand in hand with their worshipful friends in the Social Darwinist world, the 1800s version of Ayn Rand, who taught that if you were rich, it was because that was the way nature meant things to be -- and if you were poor, you deserved to be.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
• Rick Warren's Dependency
Whether poor people are helped by government or individual charity, wouldn’t it be promoting dependency all the same according to conservatives? (Right-wing hero Ayn Rand sure thought so.)
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
• • Darwin: Scientist but Not Economist
On the one hand, [voters] need to understand just what the Republicans are offering: a Social Darwinist, Ayn Randish future where all the benefits go to the wealthiest, who got that way because they are the "fittest" -- where only the wealthy "job producers" get any benefits at all from government. On the other, they need to see Democratic candidates from the presidential level on down who they believe will fight without pause or fear for the middle class and those trying to climb the ladder up into it.
Monday, March 26, 2012
• • Reluctant Warriors
The entire country will be drawn into this most fundamental of American debates: will America’s future be a social Darwinian, Ayn Rand-like country where selfishness and greed are the virtues worshipped above all others, where the wealthy reap ever more rewards no matter what they did to get their wealth, where the powerful have no holds on their power and the weak are left behind to fend for themselves? Or are we a country where we value each other and believe in our nation as a sacred community, where political and economic power is dispersed widely rather than held by just a few, where the middle class is prosperous and growing again, and where “the least of these” is given a hand up and their children are given a chance at a decent life?
Friday, December 30, 2011
• The Year of the Lord’s Favor
Backed by the 1%, the Wall Street elite and the captains of industry who destroyed the economy but are deeply hurt and offended when anyone tries to hold them accountable for it, these Republicans are hell-bent are creating an economy based on the ideas of Ayn Rand and Gordon Gekko, where greed is good, generosity and kindness are weaknesses, and we are taught that it is everyone for themselves and devil take the hindmost.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
• The Chamber speech: The debates about regulation and the social contract
When I first heard that Obama would be speaking to the Chamber [of Commerce], as soon as I stopped cursing, my first thought was this: I hope he makes the case for the social contract, or as he called it, compact. That old but still central idea, totally rejected by the kind of selfishness-is-a-virtue, Ayn Rand conservatives who dominate in too many corporate board rooms and the modern Republican Party, is that there is contract between our country’s citizens, government, and private sector, that much is given to each of us but much is required in return.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
• Populist surge or muddled message overwhelmed by money?
[Tim] Geithner [...] defends the banks, not only giving them a free pass on the fraud going on the foreclosure market, but actually saying they should get credit for temporarily suspending the foreclosure process “so they can make sure that they’re not causing any injustice to the borrowers”. Does anyone besides Geithner and the occasional Ayn Rand acolyte believe that these bankers are such moral, salt of the earth types that they care about the injustice being done to mortgage holders?
Monday, September 20, 2010
• • Sex and social justice
At least conservatives like Ayn Rand were honest in their disdain for religious pieties about compassion and helping the weak. Those conservatives who are trying so hard to wrap themselves in the Bible ought to try actually reading one someday.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
• The choices we have to make
Fabulous Fab is the superman of [the Republicans’] Ayn Rand fantasy lives.