Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
• How To Judge The Right’s Flight From Romney
Paul Ryan |
Romney had given vent to a widely shared Republican worldview about the threat of growing dependency, a worldview with strong roots in conservative think thanks [...] and in rising star Republicans such as...Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan, who liked to warn of the coming “tipping point” in government dependency, who spoke in Randian terms of “makers and takers,” and who had not long ago even put his own numerical estimate on the proportion of Americans succumbing to cosseted sloth, 30 percent. The problem was that Romney had failed to give that harsh assessment the sheen that conservatives have for years been burnishing it with to make it presentable in public: the sheen of aspiration.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
• Three Things We Learned from the Secret Romney Video
It’s official: Mitt Romney does not want the votes of 47 percent of the electorate. Or so the Republican presidential candidate says in a videotape shot at a fundraiser and obtained by Mother Jones. In the recording, Romney breaks down the election in Randian terms before an audience of affluent GOP donors.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Thursday, January 05, 2012
• What Would Be Creepier: President Santorum or President Paul? A TNR Survey.
Michael Kazin: In the creepy sweepstakes, I vote for Rick: Paul would let us all smoke dope, keep our shoes on when we go through airport security, and would not blow up the Mideast by starting a war with Iran. Santorum would outlaw birth control pills, if he could, and basically shares most of Paul’s Ayn Randian views on the economy. Of course, neither has any chance of winning the nomination.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
• • Republicans Used to at Least Talk About Poverty. What Changed?
Whereas [Newt] Gingrich had GOPers read [Marvin] Olasky’s book, [Paul] Ryan suggests, according to New York magazine, that his staff members read Ayn Rand, who was not known (and proudly so) for her warm heart.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
• • We’re Being Downgraded For The Wrong Reasons
No other advanced country has a major political party influenced by supply-side economics and the moral teachings of Ayn Rand, and therefore, no other major political party can match the GOP’s theological opposition to revenue.
Friday, July 22, 2011
• Paul Ryan Exposes Himself
Paul Ryan |
Ryan has carefully nurtured his deficit hawk image by expressing his Randian ideology in the high-minded language of the establishment.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
• Disorder in the Court
By the early ’80s, with Reagan in the White House, conservatives were more interested in transforming the legal culture and the courts than in internecine squabbles. The founding proposal of the Federalist Society, created in 1982, suggests just how eager conservatives were to paper over their differences. As Steven M. Teles relates in The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement, the proposal stressed the importance of avoiding factionalism among “members who span a broad ideological spectrum which includes traditionalists, fusionist conservatives, libertarians, objectivists, classical liberals, and Straussians.” It even recommended that student chapters “not use the adjective ‘conservative’” because “there is no need to become involved in disputes among conservatives, libertarians and other factions about what they call themselves.”
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
• The Most Admirable Thing About the Current Mood in the Republican Party
For a political party that seems to derive its ideology from Ayn Rand’s embrace of heedless ambition, the Republicans are going through an unexpected Ferdinand the Bull phase. Many of the GOP’s top presidential prospects prefer smelling the flowers—or taking a New Jersey state helicopter to a son’s baseball game—to becoming Teddy Roosevelt’s man in the arena, scrapping for every vote in the Iowa caucuses.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
• • Ayn Rand’s Pseudo-Philosophy
One of the many hilarious things about Rand is her philosophical crankery. I didn’t get into this issue in my review about Randism, because the point of the piece was to focus primarily on her political impact, but her fraudulence in this realm is pretty striking. She was a true amateur who insisted on seeing herself as the greatest human being who ever lived because she was almost completely unfamiliar with the entire philosophical canon. A pulp screenwriter who had read a tiny bit of philosophy -- about as much as an average undergrad at a liberal arts college -- she developed wild delusions about her place in intellectual history, delusions that managed to seduce the members of her cult.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
• The misguided liberal obsession with school integration
Atlas Shrugged |
A perusal of [Siegfried] Engelmann’s Teaching Needy Kids in Our Backward System shows a callous dismissal of his findings by the Ford Foundation, National Institute of Education and Department of Health, Education and Welfare, on premises so shoddy they recall the endless submission of Rearden Metal to “further tests” in Atlas Shrugged.
Friday, April 15, 2011
• The WSJ edit page uses predator satiation
It’s like the [Wall Street]Journal, which is itself my favorite target, held a convention of my favorite targets. [....] You have Donald Luskin, last seen calling me a “lying scumbag,” defending Ayn Rand against her unnamed critics.
• The House GOP vs. the deficit grand bargain
Paul Ryan |
As I argued in a Newsweek column, when [Paul] Ryan invokes the need to avert a fiscal crisis, he is not talking about the numerical gap between revenue and outlays. He is invoking his Randian belief that collectivism is doomed to lead to societal collapse.