Wednesday, May 08, 2013
• • Rupert Murdoch, Ayn Rand and A Sociopathic Economy
"What's fair about taking money from people who've earned it and giving it to people who didn't," Murdoch asks. But Murdoch's whole notion, which closely mirrors that of Ayn Rand, ignores the whole complex social economy in which commerce and every other human activity actually takes place.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
• Don’t tamper with social security Mr. President
[N]ow the privatize-social-security cohorts will be emboldened to push harder to fulfill their ideological--Paul Ryan's Randian--dream--i.e., social security a la Chilean model.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
• Bill Clinton Rides Again but This Time He Keeps His Pants On
These Republicans or white male supremacists have become the American Fascist Party. All hate. All fear mongering. All the time. No ideas, no ideals--just right wing/Ayn Rand ideology. I got mine so screw you and if you don't like it--screw you.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
• • • This Election is a Moral Referendum
Altruism |Atheism |Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism |Paul Ryan |
Much has been written about vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's adoration, then refutation, of author and philosopher Ayn Rand, whose worship of capitalism was one thing, but whose views on abortion, war, women's rights and religion have caused Mr. Ryan to step back and declare himself more enamored of Thomas Aquinas. So let's be clear: Ayn Rand’s theory of “objectivism” really espoused self-interest over altruism, which she viewed as “evil” and a kind of passive suicide. She thought laissez-faire capitalism, defined and led by “producers,” was the only way the world would survive in spite of its copious and cumbersome “moochers.” This kind of pejorative, binary thinking made it all too easy for Rand to see the world in stark, black-and-white terms, so that it all came down to individualism vs. collectivism (read communism, or in today’s terms, socialism). Nuances be damned.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
• • • The Radical Agenda of Rand and Ryan
Altruism |Atheism |Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism |Egoism |Paul Ryan |
I will admit it, when I read Atlas Shrugged several years ago, I got caught up in the scrawling epic with bigger than life characters. Apparently, Paul Ryan enjoyed it too; so much so that in 2005, at a banquet honoring the author, he said, "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand." While he has since tried to walk back from those remarks, it's clear that the Vice Presidential candidate's political ideology has been heavily influenced by Alisa Rosenbaum, the Russian immigrant otherwise known as Ayn Rand. What I initially missed in Atlas Shrugged was the underlying themes of superiority of the successful and a disdain for the less fortunate. In Ms. Rand’s novels, the poor are basically lazy dullards who deserve their lot in life.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• • Atlas Drugged: A Review
Capitalism |Egoism |Image |
Stephen L. Goldstein has just published a book [...] called Atlas Drugged (Ayn Rand Be Damned!) It's fiction, often hilarious fiction, aimed at debunking the notion that Ayn Randian "free-market" trickle-down crapitalism can coexist with basic human decency. "This is a work of fiction," says the back cover. "But any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely intentional. The names have been changed but, hopefully, not enough to protect the guilty."
Sunday, July 22, 2012
• American Scum: Republicans Bask in the Scent of Fresh Blood
The hated New Deal is about to be rolled back and social Darwinist Ayn Rand freaks like Paul Ryan won't have to put granny before a death panel, she won't live that long once shorn of Medicare.
Thursday, May 31, 2012