A Great Article on Ayn Rand

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    Two biographies of Ayn Rand. - By Johann Hari - Slate Magazine

    Poor Ayn .. or Alisa ... her entire life-story reduced to an article in a Slate magazine. Reduced it was very well though ... it affords us a very good glimpse into Rand's life and "philosophy" that gathered so many and such high-profile followers.
     
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    Leave it to Slate to give us such a dispassionate and unbiased analysis. :rolleyes:
     
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    Many of us who know Rand's work have noticed that with each passing week, and with each successive bailout plan and economic-stimulus scheme out of Washington, our current politicians are committing the very acts of economic lunacy that "Atlas Shrugged" parodied in 1957, when this 1,000-page novel was first published and became an instant hit.

    Rand, who had come to America from Soviet Russia with striking insights into totalitarianism and the destructiveness of socialism, was already a celebrity. The left, naturally, hated her. But as recently as 1991, a survey by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club found that readers rated "Atlas" as the second-most influential book in their lives, behind only the Bible.

    For the uninitiated, the moral of the story is simply this: Politicians invariably respond to crises -- that in most cases they themselves created -- by spawning new government programs, laws and regulations. These, in turn, generate more havoc and poverty, which inspires the politicians to create more programs . . . and the downward spiral repeats itself until the productive sectors of the economy collapse under the collective weight of taxes and other burdens imposed in the name of fairness, equality and do-goodism.

    'Atlas Shrugged': From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years - WSJ.com
     
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    She cements the right's "we, the people are not worthy, let the oligarchy commence"


    "We're going to crush labor as a political entity"
    Grover Norquist - Republican economic guru
     
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    Only an inveterate left-winger could claim being oblivious to life imitating art:

    "In the book, these relentless wealth redistributionists and their programs are disparaged as "the looters and their laws." Every new act of government futility and stupidity carries with it a benevolent-sounding title. These include the "Anti-Greed Act" to redistribute income (sounds like Charlie Rangel's promises soak-the-rich tax bill) and the "Equalization of Opportunity Act" to prevent people from starting more than one business (to give other people a chance). My personal favorite, the "Anti Dog-Eat-Dog Act," aims to restrict cut-throat competition between firms and thus slow the wave of business bankruptcies. Why didn't Hank Paulson think of that?

    These acts and edicts sound farcical, yes, but no more so than the actual events in Washington, circa 2008. We already have been served up the $700 billion "Emergency Economic Stabilization Act" and the "Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act." Now that Barack Obama is in town, he will soon sign into law with great urgency the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan." This latest Hail Mary pass will increase the federal budget (which has already expanded by $1.5 trillion in eight years under George Bush) by an additional $1 trillion -- in roughly his first 100 days in office.

    The current economic strategy is right out of "Atlas Shrugged": The more incompetent you are in business, the more handouts the politicians will bestow on you. That's the justification for the $2 trillion of subsidies doled out already to keep afloat distressed insurance companies, banks, Wall Street investment houses, and auto companies -- while standing next in line for their share of the booty are real-estate developers, the steel industry, chemical companies, airlines, ethanol producers, construction firms and even catfish farmers. With each successive bailout to "calm the markets," another trillion of national wealth is subsequently lost. Yet, as "Atlas" grimly foretold, we now treat the incompetent who wreck their companies as victims, while those resourceful business owners who manage to make a profit are portrayed as recipients of illegitimate "windfalls."

    'Atlas Shrugged': From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years - WSJ.com
     
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    STEPHEN MOORE...Club for Growth... who has diminished Republican seats in Washington due to the far right party purity mantra...along with Grover Norquist

    Today's Republicans starting with Reagan and greatly accelerated under George W. Bush have taken "Government is the problem" and made it a self fulfilling prophecy... Bush castrated government except for the spending...

    The Republicans have a new solution to replace We, the People of our founders...it's the model Mussolini created...the corporate foxes will write the rules for the hen house...

    PC, is it possible for you to imagine what would have happened if our economy had been allowed to crash and burn? Do you consider the national security ramifications? I know you right wing me, myself and I morons NEVER consider the human carnage...DO YOU?
     
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    Democracy.

    Free market economy.

    Small government.

    Robust defense.

    Private charity.

    Did you notice how I defined my beliefs without once referring to you as a moron?

    That is another distinguishing feature between us.
     
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    "The legitimate object of Government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves in their separate and individual capacities. But in all that people can individually do as well for themselves, Government ought not to interfere."
    President Abraham Lincoln
     
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    I love it when you expose yourself as the smug, non-intellectual boor that you are.


    Surely you don't think your verbosity is a response.

    Since you have proven to be less than intelligent, and love nothing better than throwing words and hoping that it appears cogent, and will continue such ad infinitum, it appears that terminal lonliness is your raison d'etra.

    So sad.
     
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    Rand's appeal is to an acceptance and tolerance for what is and an excuse for what is. If you assume or believe that your place in life was all of your making, then you must figure the other person's place is of their making. Curiously the people who believe this often have less than the people who find it to be hooey. Luck matters, as well birth class etc. Can one imagine a poor person reading Ayn, watching their parents work each day, and then saying if only they worked harder or some such BS. Rand serves as the bible of the selfish and self centered, she is excellent in that role. PS Her writing sucks too, but that is my literary opinion. lol

    'Ayn Rand and the Invincible Cult of Selfishness on the American Right'

    'Wealthcare' By Jonathan Chait

    "The current era of Democratic governance has provoked a florid response on the right, ranging from the prosaic (routine denunciations of big spending and debt) to the overheated (fears of socialism) to the lunatic (the belief that Democrats plan to put the elderly to death). Amid this cacophony of rage and dread, there has emerged one anxiety that is an actual idea, and not a mere slogan or factual misapprehension. The idea is that the United States is divided into two classes--the hard-working productive elite, and the indolent masses leeching off their labor by means of confiscatory taxes and transfer programs."

    Wealthcare | The New Republic


    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith
     

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