Tuesday, December 11, 2012
• • James Bond and the killer bag lady
Atlas Shrugged |
If his name was no longer synonymous with the all-American vacation, [Nick] Deak emerged during the 1970s as a hero in an emergent libertarian gold-bug subculture. As Doomsday-obsessed gold hoarders built financial bomb shelters in the shadow of stagflation, Deak emerged as among the first proto-Libertarian gurus. A fawning profile in Reason magazine compared Deak to “Midas Mulligan or any other character ever conceived of by Ayn Rand.”
Monday, December 10, 2012
• • Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan care about poor people now
Paul Ryan |
[A]nyone who buys that Paul Ryan is making a substantive change in his beliefs should be laughed out of the business of political journalism. The man is a product, top to bottom, of the conservative movement. As an avowed Randian, he should support income inequality as the natural order. A Ryan-led “war on poverty” would be an actual war, on the impoverished.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
• • Social security’s most media-friendly foe
Atlas Shrugged |
For those familiar with Ayn Rand’s writing, the question “Who is John Galt?” is succinct shorthand to summarize conservatives’ ideological campaign against government. But to really appreciate how that crusade operates on a day-to-day basis in the most important political battles of the moment, the best question right now is, “Who is Maya MacGuineas?”
Friday, December 07, 2012
• Return of the 47 percent: The right’s latest tax lie
If it were accurate, the sentence in the Heritage Foundation’s “Index of Dependence on Government” would read: The United States reached a milestone in 2012 — for the first time since World War II, half the population pays no federal income taxes. But this in itself undermines the recent right-wing talking point that the country is becoming a nation of moochers living off a dwindling number of heroic Ayn-Randian “job creators.” That is because, until recently, conservative Republicans were leading the campaign to remove low-income Americans from liability for federal income tax.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
• Salon’s Sexiest Man of 2012: The interview
Atlas Shrugged |
[Chris Kluwe:] I read all of Vonnegut’s stuff lately. I waded through “Atlas Shrugged” a couple days ago; that was pretty brutal. A lot of classic literature stuff that I’m reading now — like Vonnegut or Rand or Huxley — a lot of those I don’t think you can appreciate as a kid because you just don’t have the life experiences to realize what they’re talking about. But looking at it now as more of an adult I can look past the words and get to the deeper meaning. They’re a much richer experience now.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
• Dear Mr. President: Please admit it — you’re a Jedi
Methodically, with utmost precision and discipline, you caused your opponents to reveal their darkest and most unattractive secrets — dismissiveness toward the less affluent, cluelessness toward women, the valorization of Ayn Rand — as you weaved around them a mental bubble of self-satisfied illusion that left them totally unprepared for the election outcome that was approaching. On some distant world, a spectral Yoda is smiling with approval.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
• • The coming debt battle
[F]rom a moral point of view, it’s useful for the young to learn that we are a community, in which working people take care of those who can’t. And that is what the Objectivists in Congress cannot stand. Our sense of community is an obstacle to their power. And what they are determined to destroy, we must defend. There is much more to be said, about disaster relief, food assistance, housing and other threatened programs. But to begin, Congress should leave Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid alone.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Friday, September 07, 2012
Sunday, September 02, 2012
• • Are job creators a myth?
Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism |Paul Ryan |
Conservatives are in a rage after Obama suggested we add value to the economy together. In their version, only the rich do. [....] “The man at the top of the intellectual pyramid contributes the most to all those below him, but gets nothing except his material payment, receiving no intellectual bonus from others to add to the value of his time. The man at the bottom who, left to himself, would starve in his hopeless ineptitude, contribute nothing to those above him, but receives the bonus of all their brains.” -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, required reading for Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) staff.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
• • When partisan politics stretch parent-child bonds
When David Burrows took on Barry Goldwater and Ayn Rand as "mentors" at age 14, his parents wanted to know what else he was doing that they might be ashamed of.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012