Wednesday, May 15, 2013
• • The High Cost of Opportunity
When discussing poverty and the distribution of wealth, two views typically emerge. Conservatives, fond of both Randian self-accreditation and those proverbial bootstraps we're all supposed to use as leverage, tend to hold the single individual responsible for their own destiny, regardless of where they started. Liberals, fond of blaming the system and clinging to the "entitlement programs" that seek to alleviate the stresses of said system, are more likely to forgive the personal missteps that often hold individuals in poverty.
Monday, April 29, 2013
• The Dick Cheney Presidential Library in Dallas
Atlas Shrugged |
W, incurious about the world and possessing marginally average intelligence, was smart enough to realize that he could play at the presidency while Cheney ran the world like John Galt.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
• • Is the Entire Deficit Debate Based on a Big Mistake?
Paul Ryan |
Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, the Tea Party Republicans, billionaire Peter Peterson and much of Wall Street really don’t give a damn about facts or even about the debt. Their real goal is the destruction of government programs that serve the collective good. Ayn Rand acolytes like Paul Ryan detest the very idea of government social programs for anyone. They want to eliminate Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as a matter of principal. In the Randian universe, all forms of collective support provided through government are evil. The destruction of the 90 percent threshold won’t dent such strongly held beliefs.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
• • Comedy Relief
[T]hose chosen by the Right to shepherd the next chapter of their Assault On America are reacting to their audience's restlessness and slipping in puddles of their own flowing flop-sweat: Rick Santorum dedicating his life to dragging the country back to a time when people wore big buckles on their hats; Herman Cain giving CEO's even a worse name than they already have; Mitt stuffing his suit with whatever fluff he happens to be standing in at the time; Rick Perry about to go full birther; Michelle Bachmann unable to hide her love of wild-eyed fundamentalism; the now painfully obvious abortion fetish and the glorification of Ayn Rand's malignant, narcissistic sociopathy which permeates all dyed-in-the-wool GOPers; and -- of course -- the relentlessly reflexive kneecapping from the FOX folks and related fiends. It's sedition as vaudeville.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
• • Bill Maher Slams Paul Ryan, Rand Paul For ‘Ruining’ Libertarianism
On this week’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher used his final “New Rule” of the night to take on Libertarianism and the conservatives whose obsessions with Ayn Rand have “ruined” the political philosophy for him.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
• Oryancare. Obamacare for Seniors. Really.
Paul Ryan |
The latest version of the Ryan budget -- really his old budget, for three years running now - came out this week. The document generated near universal dismissal by the mainstream media as an act of pointless political grandstanding - to the Right, a courageous statement of fiscal responsibility, to the Left, a defiant display of Randian cruelty.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
Saturday, March 02, 2013
• • Sequester This! How Did We Get Here? How Do We Get Out?
4. The Ayn Rand Republicans control the debate:
Once the president accepted the Republican terms of debate, the Ayn Rand wing -- the taker-maker gang who see working people and the poor as moochers -- realized they had no need to compromise. The more they held out, the more liberals had to come their way. This was their golden moment to destroy as much of government as they could because in their playbook, government by definition is evil. Facts don't matter in this discussion. It's all about faith, values and conviction.
Friday, March 01, 2013
• • Sequester: The Rise of Republican Anarchists
The March 1 sequester budget cuts are yet another product of crises manufactured by the ultra-conservative wing of the Republican Party. These Tea Party extremists have one objective: crush the federal government. Motivated by a strange brew of Old Testament Christianity and Ayn Rand's "objectivism," they're a lethal force within the GOP -- anarchists.
Monday, February 25, 2013
• • Blaming the Tea Party-Controlled GOP for Sequestration Isn’t Partisan, It’s ...
Republicans in the House and Senate, afraid of primary challenges and, in some cases, the product of them, have handed their party over to the lunatic fringe. They have placed a purist, anti-government, anti-taxes, pro-wealthy, anti-middle class, Ayn Randian ideal above the practical, compromising, hard work of actually governing. They have created a toxic atmosphere in Washington, in which damaging the country (again, we are talking about a million people losing their jobs) is preferable to working with a president they irrationally despise and compromising to move even an inch closer to where the majority of voters stand on the issues.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
• • Cosmopolis on DVD & On-Screen, Tonight @ Museum of The Moving Image
The Fountainhead |
[An] omission that might have worked in-film is the book's demolition-site lovemaking scene between Elise and Eric, which seems to me like a terrific reversal of the Ayn Rand stone quarry primal sex scene twixt Howard and Gail in The Fountainhead, insofar as it depicts individuals adrift, and on the decline.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
• The Pro Life Movement at a Crossroads
The [Republican] Party elders were willing to put up with the pro-lifers when it seemed they could deliver elections by persuading large segments of the white working class to vote against their economic interests in the name of social values. But a leadership obsessed with Randian economics will not long tolerate a movement that brings discredit and defeat to its side.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
• As Public Makes ‘Hard Choices’ on Social Security, Alan Simpson Ducks His “Moment of Truth”
The Fountainhead |
The rich CEOs of "Fix the Debt," another [Pete] Peterson shell organization, [....] created a deficit-reduction "game" called "Budgetball," which we preferred to describe as The Fountainhead meets Deathrace 2000.