Monday, November 14, 2011

I Really Can't Stand This Woman!



Via NPR

Ayn Rand is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The ideas behind them — her philosophy — have sunk so deeply into our political thought, most people don't even recognize them as her ideas anymore.

But Rand does have important admirers, like House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. Recently, House Speaker John Boehner channeled Rand when he said, "Job creators in America basically are on strike."

If it were up to Ayn Rand, there would still be Whites-Only lunch counters, all of Appalachian would be flattened for more Wal-Marts, and there would be a slave class - however, that would not longer be based on race but your ability or inability to play the system. There would be no Occupy Everywhere people - they'd be too busy working 24 hours a day in shitty conditions. Oh, and I imagine Jerry Sandusky would've caused no outrage this past week either.

4 comments:

Mitch Block said...

I never did manage to get through "Atlas Shrugged" or "The Fountainhead." And I had no idea of Ayn Rand's complete political ideology until I read this post and went in search of more information and was shocked. So, you've now got company. I really can't stand this woman either. Thanks for opening my eyes.

LightChaser said...

There's real truth to your Jerry Sandusky comment: Ayn Rand drew from her admiration of a child-killing psychopath to create the characters John Galt and Howard Roark (http://www.alternet.org/story/145819/).

She is a pathetic philosopher and a shitty novelist. She novels appeal to either self-centered adolescents or adults with some sort of arrested development.

All her heroes are swine, all her followers would be swine, and she is no more than the swineherd.

Writer said...

Mitch, I read both in high school and even some of her nonfiction - which makes even less sense than the fiction - and all for the love of a boy two years younger than me. Damn you, Jonah! ;)

Writer said...

"Self-centered adolescents or adults with some sort of arrested development"?

Lightchaser, aren't they also know as graduates of Business Colleges?

;)