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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

• • • The Permanent Dependency Class 
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Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Individualism  |Paul Ryan  | The virtuous side of Republican philosophy is that it wants to give Americans the tools to avoid poverty in the first place. It preaches self-reliance, independence, limited government taxation and regulations, and great personal freedom (especially the freedom to own and use a gun). With such tools, any American who works hard can reasonably expect to participate in the American dream, including becoming a financial success. This philosophy ties into a strain of thinking that comes from the Ayn Rand wing of the party, which worships ultra-individualism, and which makes a fetish out of Rand’s fictional heroes John Galt and architect Howard Roark, men who with their entrepreneurial genius created what most benefited society, and then took what they wanted when they wanted it, because men of genius are entitled to act that way. Everyone else in Ayn Rand’s fictional world is a parasite, feeding off the work of the productive members of society.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

 The Invisible Handshake 
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Capitalism  | It is not too much to say that, very much within the philosophy of Ayn Rand, Mitt Romney has spent his business career raping companies, raping employees, and raping communities. Now he has his eyes on the presidency.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

• • Uncle Sam Gets a Visitor 
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I finally got rid of [these guys from the Tea Party Clinic] by promising to read their publication. Here it is on the table – two pages on the wit and wisdom of Ayn Rand. I haven’t read it yet. Do you want it? No, I didn’t think so.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

• • What you weren’t told about the financial crisis 
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Alan Greenspan  |Capitalism  |Egoism  |Inaccurate  | The job of Chairman of the Federal Reserve apparently carries with it the promise to forever protect the markets from their mistakes. This must be quite satisfying to Ayn Rand followers. In their mythology, only Worthy Individuals are allowed to succeed in life, by taking what they want from others, and fighting off the little people and bothersome bureaucrats who obstruct them because they are envious of anyone who succeeds. Alan Greenspan must view himself and the eminent people he associates with as the Worthy few, entitled to their wealth and position of power.