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How Ayn Rand's Bizarre Philosophy Made the New Right so Toxic
03-18-2012, 09:09 AM
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How Ayn Rand's Bizarre Philosophy Made the New Right so Toxic
http://www.alternet.org/story/154451/how..._so_toxic/

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Rand was a Russian from a prosperous family who emigrated to the United States. Through her novels (such as Atlas Shrugged) and her nonfiction (such as The Virtue of Selfishness) she explained a philosophy she called Objectivism. This holds that the only moral course is pure self-interest. We owe nothing, she insists, to anyone, even to members of our own families. She described the poor and weak as "refuse" and "parasites", and excoriated anyone seeking to assist them. Apart from the police, the courts and the armed forces, there should be no role for government: no social security, no public health or education, no public infrastructure or transport, no fire service, no regulations, no income tax.

Atlas Shrugged, published in 1957, depicts a United States crippled by government intervention in which heroic millionaires struggle against a nation of spongers. The millionaires, whom she portrays as Atlas holding the world aloft, withdraw their labour, with the result that the nation collapses. It is rescued, through unregulated greed and selfishness, by one of the heroic plutocrats, John Galt.

The poor die like flies as a result of government programmes and their own sloth and fecklessness. Those who try to help them are gassed. In a notorious passage, she argues that all the passengers in a train filled with poisoned fumes deserved their fate. One, for instance, was a teacher who taught children to be team players; one was a mother married to a civil servant, who cared for her children; one was a housewife "who believed that she had the right to elect politicians, of whom she knew nothing".

Rand's is the philosophy of the psychopath, a misanthropic fantasy of cruelty, revenge and greed. Yet, as Gary Weiss shows in his new book, Ayn Rand Nation, she has become to the new right what Karl Marx once was to the left: a demigod at the head of a chiliastic cult. Almost one third of Americans, according to a recent poll, have read Atlas Shrugged, and it now sells hundreds of thousands of copies every year.

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IMO, Rand has just updated and re-hashed the Calvinist philosophy of the blessed rich and the un-blessed poor. Her hypocrisy is ignored as she is both an immigrant and from a privileged family. She has enshrined the philosophy of greed and selfishness in the simple phrase, "I got mine, screw everyone that didn't!" (Note: that belief has crept into and has infected government with help by Alan Greenspan, former head of the US Federal Reserve. A little known fact is that he was a devotee and member of Ayn Rand's inner circle.)

The teabaggers have little to gain since a great percentage of them have gov't assistance, but like the bread and circuses of Rome used to quiet the masses, they believe that they'll be rich next week and will be worthy of Randian philosophy. Most of us have to watch as the teabaggers and their ilk seek to drag us into the Randian abyss, which is bad enough, but they shouldn't be enjoying the trip.

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03-18-2012, 09:42 AM
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Fiscal cleansing. The poor will die off and the rich will rule. But who will do the dishes when all the poor are gone?

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03-18-2012, 09:58 AM
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(03-18-2012 09:42 AM)jaxx Wrote:  Fiscal cleansing. The poor will die off and the rich will rule. But who will do the dishes when all the poor are gone?

Kinda funny that they forgot that major point. Even the Founding Fathers, in a few of their unenlightened moments, understood that there had to be the people around to do the menial labor.

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03-18-2012, 12:04 PM
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Yea, those Right Wing nutters aren't so interested
(03-18-2012 09:42 AM)jaxx Wrote:  Fiscal cleansing. The poor will die off and the rich will rule. But who will do the dishes when all the poor are gone?

in the long game. It's immediate satisfaction and to hell with the downstream consequences.

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