A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -Thomas Jefferson
Yes, yes I can. So much the better!
Actually, no I can't.Not to ruffle feathers, but Ayn Rand has never caught on in mainstream conservative circles for a reason.And that reason is...Why does the Hollywood left need a movie with a faux-conservative premise that can be easily refuted with a cartoon?So they can have Obama monkeystomp Ron Paul in the 2012 elections.Wait for it.
Right now, I'm listening to the novel Atlas Shrugged on audio. Somewhat entertaining, but very little suspense as well as a lot of glorifying Ayn Rand herself in the character Dagney Taggart.I do find it interesting that right now BHO is advocating high-speed rail. Quite reminiscent of the railroad plot in Rand's novel.Now, off to explore Beamish's links.
Despite my own contempt for "forced charity" in the form of taxation to fund social programs and the really true right-wing beliefs that we wouldn't have to defend Social Security and welfare from exploitation by illegal immigrants if there were no Social Security and welfare, Ayn Rand goes a few steps further than that to decry people for voluntarily giving of themselves to the "looters and leeches" (her terms). Rand was particularly hostile towards religion and the human decencies religion (particularly Christianity) fosters.Rand is Nietzsche for people who can't spell "Nietzsche."
Ayn Rand in a bottle:People should not work to improve their society with innovation unless they're getting a huge paycheck for it. Up front.
Curiously, Rand was reluctant to build her own typewriter from scratch.
Yep, Obama is really made the high speed rail project a national priority, while completely ignoring the fact that the economy is on the high speed rails to collapse. I've got to admit, Rand is a bit over my head.
Beamish's summation, Ayn Rand in a bottle is spot on.The novel has a lot of corny lines in it. I doubt that I could read it, but I can manage to listen to it on audio.I read The Fountainhead decades ago and liked it on a fictional level. At the time, I had no idea that Rand was espousing any particular ideology.
I don't know if I really want to watch this film myself, but I do love that its very existence will drive folks like Ducky to the nuthouse.
I read "Atlas Shrugged" years ago. It was not an easy read, but I'm glad I slogged through it. I'm not fond of all of her ideas, but do think that this country would be wise to revisit some of her premises.
Brooke,I think it's going to rile people up left and right.My point is, so many people already mistake Ayn Rand for a libertarian and mistake Ron Paul for a libertarian that all talk about the movie will default to talking about Ron Paul's "libertarian" run for the White House in 2012.John Galt / Ron Palt / Ron Paul...We all should feel like Admiral Ackbar... "It's a trap!"Here, I'll write Rachel Madcow's 2012 line, pro bono:"The Republicans have just nominated a candidate with a clear, indisputable political career history of financial backing from neo-Nazi white supremacist groups to run against the re-election of America's first black President."And then the focus will turn to Ron Paul supporters, that set of people who are not above shouting expletives at Dick Cheney and other actual conservatives, who in 2012 will be shouting "N*GGER!" at Obama and waving nooses and Confederate flags.And I will sell my own blood to the Red Cross to raise money to re-elect Obama.The Republican Party needs to get serious. Step one would be telling Ron Paul the get the F out of their party and go be a G-damned Democrat.
It's so nice that you can tell us how you really feel... ;)
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