Randians to run the government

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Randians to run the government

#1 Post by TrueTexan » Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:46 pm

Rand, who declared “altruism” a national disease, wrote admiringly of child-murderer William Edward Hickman's callous indifference toward others and his “immense, explicit egotism.” Her contempt for the poor and middle-class are pronounced by anti-Robin Hoods who brag about stealing from "the thieving poor” to give to "the productive rich." Rand defended Native American genocide and murderous white supremacy, once stating “any white person who [brought] the elements of civilization had the right to take over this continent.” Objectivism, Rand’s refutation of basic human decency in favor of pathological self-interest and ruthless capitalism, was correctly identified as “perfect in its immorality” by Gore Vidal more than half a century ago. Today it’s the prevailing ethos of the GOP, embraced by Republicans going back to Ronald Reagan and especially beloved among the incoming Trump administration.

As James Hohmann of the Washington Post notes, Trump pledged his affection to Rand in an interview earlier this year with Kirsten Powers. Trump, who proudly admits he doesn’t read—neither books nor intelligence briefings that might slow his roll toward starting a nuclear war—told Powers he relates to Howard Roark, the architect protagonist of The Fountainhead. Roark espouses the warped belief that selfishness is a virtue (“Man’s first duty is to himself”) and commits a violent sexual assault. Without specifics, it’s hard to know precisely where Trump thinks the resemblance begins and ends.

Trump shares an affinity for Rand with several other members of his cabinet—though that's not the worst thing you can say about them, considering the group is a motley assortment of Islamophobes, white supremacists, alleged wifebeaters, and anti-worker .1 percenters.
http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/m ... y-ayn-rand

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Re: Randians to run the government

#2 Post by highdesert » Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:12 pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan is also an Ayn Rand fan along with Senator Rand Paul and his father Ron Paul.
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#3 Post by HuckleberryFun » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:40 am

TrueTexan wrote:
Rand, who declared “altruism” a national disease, wrote admiringly of child-murderer William Edward Hickman's callous indifference toward others and his “immense, explicit egotism.” Her contempt for the poor and middle-class are pronounced by anti-Robin Hoods who brag about stealing from "the thieving poor” to give to "the productive rich." Rand defended Native American genocide and murderous white supremacy, once stating “any white person who [brought] the elements of civilization had the right to take over this continent.” Objectivism, Rand’s refutation of basic human decency in favor of pathological self-interest and ruthless capitalism, was correctly identified as “perfect in its immorality” by Gore Vidal more than half a century ago. Today it’s the prevailing ethos of the GOP, embraced by Republicans going back to Ronald Reagan and especially beloved among the incoming Trump administration.

As James Hohmann of the Washington Post notes, Trump pledged his affection to Rand in an interview earlier this year with Kirsten Powers. Trump, who proudly admits he doesn’t read—neither books nor intelligence briefings that might slow his roll toward starting a nuclear war—told Powers he relates to Howard Roark, the architect protagonist of The Fountainhead. Roark espouses the warped belief that selfishness is a virtue (“Man’s first duty is to himself”) and commits a violent sexual assault. Without specifics, it’s hard to know precisely where Trump thinks the resemblance begins and ends.

Trump shares an affinity for Rand with several other members of his cabinet—though that's not the worst thing you can say about them, considering the group is a motley assortment of Islamophobes, white supremacists, alleged wifebeaters, and anti-worker .1 percenters.
http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/m ... y-ayn-rand

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Re: Randians to run the government

#4 Post by Turbo07 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:40 pm

I was around 30 when I read Atlas Shrugged. Three thoughts come to mind.

1. How can business-uber-alles nutjobs use the book to support their narrative that the rich are victims? The antagonists are businesses that crawled into bed with government to be coddled. The protagonists had the wherewithal to figure stuff out or run away and hide unmolested by their "enemies."

2. The real victims of that book are the average people stuck in a country that's collapsing because of a hissy fit between the rich coddled by the state and the rich that were butthurt over not being worshipped enough.

3. The arrogance of a 100-page speech at the end is astounding. As is the arrogance of most Randian clowns that probably never even bought, much less actually read, the book but feel entitled to hide behind it like a Bible.
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#5 Post by galaxy » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:55 pm

Thanks for that article. Good information.

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