Sunday, April 08, 2012
• The Savage Arithmetic of the Pre-Existing Condition
If my wife leaves her company for any reason - especially if/when Scalia and his merry band of ridiculous fascists decide to curb-stomp Obama’s health care law - we are both well and truly screwed. It’s like Ayn Rand herself was allowed to draft the rules for getting sick in America
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
• • Author of “Pity the Billionaire” Maps Our Ideological Fantasy World
Interview with Thomas Frank.
[Frank:] Not surprisingly, class conflict in America has always been sharper and more violent than in Europe. Think about the history of the American labor movement. It was much more violent here than in Europe. The employer class in American never wanted to give an inch. You think of someone like Ayn Rand. She would basically be impossible in Europe. She could have written her books there - she was, in fact, a European - but she wouldn’t have become this enormous celebrity, this guru of the right, in the way she has in America. Why? Business has always been much more powerful in this country than it has in other places. Maybe that is one of the things that makes us different from other industrialized countries. The American right has been convinced for a long time that they don’t need to accept the welfare state in any way. You don’t need a welfare state, is their claim. The market will fix everything.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
• Class Warfare My Ass
Oh, I know the argument. I know it as well as the spit I leave on the sidewalk when there is a bad taste in my mouth. The rich are better than us, they are the ones making the jobs, they have earned their esteemed position through a Randian process of natural economic selection, etc...except for the sneaky fact that a large number of these “business titans” inherited their wealth, and today increase their wealth not through hard work, but through favorable interest rates and even more favorable tax rates on money that is already in the bank.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
• Hey, We’re Number ... Uh ... 36!
Paul Ryan |
Even the Ayn Rand acolyte Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), who has proposed eliminating Medicare as part of his massive spending-cuts plan, “Path to Prosperity” and offering vouchers instead, does so without disparaging the program.
Monday, September 26, 2011
• • Conservatives Say It Out Loud: They Hate Democracy
Individual Rights |
The roots of today’s toxic conservative movement lie in Ayn Rand’s teaching that wealthy “producers” -- now called “job creators” -- should be left alone by the government, namely the rest of us. The rest of us are “freeloaders,” “moochers,” “leeches” and “parasites” who feed off these producers and who shouldn’t be allowed to make decisions to collect taxes from them or regulate them or interfere in most other ways. The Randians hate democracy, and say so, declaring that “collectivism” sacrifices individual rights to majority wishes.
Friday, September 23, 2011
• The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace
Wright warns [that] the sanitizing of [Martin Luther] King has been accompanied by the primacy of a selfish, hedonistic and violent culture which has turned away from values, including self-sacrifice, that make possible harmony and the common good. This selfishness and narcissism, Wright argues, is a form of blasphemy. [....] “We became a ‘me’-focused, kind of dog-eat-dog, Ayn Rand, social Darwinist, survival of the fittest, be strong, and with no care, no concern, no compassion for those that are not born above the scratch line,” Wright said. “And no concern to make the communities in which they live and the world in which we live a community which really cares about all of God’s children, regardless of their colors and regardless of their faith.”
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
• • How the Most Dangerous Game Is Being Played
Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns - or dollars. Take your choice - there is no other. -Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged “
Monday, September 05, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
• • Disney, Militarization, and the National-Security State After 9/11
Altruism |Egoism |Individualism |
If [The Incredibles] indeed offers up “the philosophy of Ayn Rand”—who opposed collectivism, altruism, and the welfare state in favor of egoistic individualism—then it turns to violence as the means to achieve supremacy.At no point during The Incredibles’ “eardrum-bashing, metal-crunching action sludge” and its self-referential mockery of “monologuing” does the film suggest that reasoning, discussion, or any other form of peaceful resolution might be pursued instead of violence. More in keeping, however, with Disney conventions than Rand’s philosophy is the film’s conflation of the pursuit of individualism with the protection of the nuclear family.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
• Trickle-Down Cruelty and the Politics of Austerity
According to the children of Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and Ronald Reagan, “neoliberal economics,” individual interests and market driven needs trumped social needs; brilliant individuals were more qualified to run government and largely blossomed within institutions committed to making money; freedom was largely defined as freedom from regulation; and any government that passed policies to provide social protections, regulate corporations, or lessen inequality were either grossly authoritarian or unwise.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
• On the News With Thom Hartmann: Taliban Attack in Kabul, Florida Slashes Unemployment Benefits
That’s the Republicans deficit reduction strategy at work – balance budgets by killing off the poor and the sick. Ayn Rand would be proud.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
• Put Lou Dobbs out to pasture
Alan Greenspan |
[Jack] Welch is cut from the same cloth as Alan Greenspan, the Ronald Reagan–appointed Federal Reserve Chairman, a devotee of Ayn Rand and a promoter of outsourcing as well as “talent insourcing.”