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

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    '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.

    You can find iterations of this worldview and this moral judgment everywhere on the right. Consider a few samples of the rhetoric. In an op-ed piece last spring, Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, called for conservatives to wage a "culture war" over capitalism. "Social Democrats are working to create a society where the majority are net recipients of the ‘sharing economy,' " he wrote. "Advocates of free enterprise . . . have to declare that it is a moral issue to confiscate more income from the minority simply because the government can." Brooks identified the constituency for his beliefs as "the people who were doing the important things right--and who are now watching elected politicians reward those who did the important things wrong." Senator Jim DeMint echoed this analysis when he lamented that "there are two Americas but not the kind John Edwards was talking about. It's not so much the haves and the have-nots. It's those who are paying for government and those who are getting government.""

    Wealthcare | The New Republic
     
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    Obama is a liar!
     
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    What makes the American Right so totally wrong? The quote from Adam Smith in my signature says it all.
     
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    The Neo-conservative right and the Randian nitwits both take quotes of Smith and others out of context. They usually are missing key pieces of the bigger picture.

    go figure
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    The nitwits leave out the fact that we all pay for government. We just pay in different ways and amounts. Slogans are useful when preaching to the mass of losers that make up the general public. DeMint is a sloganeer. :eusa_whistle:
     

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