Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
• • The State of the Union Is Best Served by Growth, Not Austerity
Paul Ryan |
The great debate in America is not about the “fiscal cliff” or the “debt ceiling” or the “sequester” or whatever other fantasy pops into Paul Ryan’s head when he’s not reading Ayn Rand. [....] Obama does not have to go all-in with the progressives to get the point across. But he should recognize the value of this outline for countering the fiscal fabulism of Ryan and the Ayn Randites who would make America a nasty and brutish place.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
• His Supporters Treated “Atrociously,” Ron Paul Refuses to Back Romney
Anyone who has ever read an Ayn Rand novel or George Orwell's 1984 is familiar with the lifeless patterning of the propaganda state, where the big lie is repeated so steadily that it is eventually mistaken for truth. As speaker after speaker on the opening night of the Republican National Convention took their turn at spinning a "We Built It" fantasy -- based not on what President Obama said or intended to say about small business but on an imagining of what might turn the maximum number of voters against the president -- the last shred of dignity that a great American political party might had retained for itself was tossed off.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
• Paul Ryan Covers Romney's Right Flank
Until just a few days ago, Ryan was considered an unlikely prospect for the No. 2 spot on the Republican ticket: too rigid in his budgetary obsessions, too whacky in his enthusiasm for Ayn Rand's novels and Austrian economics, too enthusiastic about taking apart Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
• After the Heartbreak in Wisconsin
[I]t is entirely possible that by November, Tea Party-driven Republicans will control the White House, Supreme Court and both houses of Congress, pushing the States towards a 1929-style crisis. Or Obama will be re-elected to govern alone in a sea of conservative followers of Ayn Rand and Democratic lifers too timid to fight.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
• • A Budget Referendum on Austerity, Ayn Rand and Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan |
Ryan, a veteran of more than twenty years on Capitol Hill (as a Congressional aide and then a congressman), knows a good deal about economics, and a good deal about politics. And he is right when he suggests that his budget is forcing a choice. But which choice? Catholics United, the national Catholic social tradition advocacy organization, suggested Tuesday that another choice is playing out. Noting Ryan’s oft-expressed admiration for objectivist author Ayn Rand, the group declared: “Paul Ryan’s 2013 Budget Reflects the Teachings of Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ.”
Thursday, January 19, 2012
• Ron Paul, Take Two
It makes no sense for progressive pundits who have devoted their lives to defending the welfare state, progressive taxation, labor unions and the federal government’s ability to protect citizens from abuses at the state level to heap praise on Paul, who vigorously opposes all those things as part of his Ayn Randian anti-government, every-man-is-an-island worldview.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Friday, September 02, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
• Back to our future
Excerpt from the book Back to Our Future.
When it launched in 1988, the Just Do It campaign was an instant and groundbreaking success. Ayn Rand may previously have outlined the Objectivist rationale for individualism and narcissism, but Nike’s slogan (and all the other rip-offs) mass-marketed that individualism and narcissism as aspirational theology. Back to Our Future.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
• China’s banks trump US credit system
The failure and collapse of the American banking system, which no longer wants to provide financing for capitalist ventures—the result of the 2008 crash—means that capitalist entrepreneurs have to turn to a communist country, which operates a robust banking system, including making venture-capital loans available. Why doesn’t the United States have a state-owned national bank in place to provide federally guaranteed loans to entrepreneurs? Why doesn’t the United States have an industrial policy like, say, Germany’s? Ask Ayn Rand.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
• • The right-wing reboots segregation
As we pass from 2010 to the new year, Congress resumes in its conservative-dominated configuration. This new wave is sustained by a right-wing power base informed by ideologues who would eviscerate the Fourteenth Amendment’s promise of equality by restricting voting rights and limiting public expenditures on the “parasites” who leech off the welfare of “their” America. Many of these views, while wrapped in Ayn Rand’s individualist “ethical egoism,” protect a political and social order based on wealth and impermeable group privilege, one also rooted in a segregationist “us versus them” mentality, albeit persisting well beyond the racial divide.
Friday, December 31, 2010
• • TheNation.com’s top stories of 2010
Just in case you missed any of our greatest hits of 2010, here's a list of some of our—and your—favorites! [....] Corey Robin, Garbage and Gravitas Ayn Rand was a melodramatist of the moral life: the battle is between the producer and the moochers, and it must end in life or death.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010