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PostPosted: 08/13/19 3:22 pm • # 1 
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A long but good article.

Here a two of what I feel are the best paragraphs...


Ayn Rand, like Hickman, found in the extremes her economic, political, and moral philosophy. Forget about democratic institutions, forget about regulating markets, and forget about pursuing any policies that benefit the majority at the expense of the very rich—the rule-makers and rule-enforcers could never, ever do anything well or good. Only billionaires should rule the world, as Trump has suggested.

Trump personifies this, putting an advocate of destroying public schools in charge of public schools, a coal lobbyist in charge of the EPA, an oil lobbyist in charge of our public lands, and a billionaire described by Forbes as a “grifter” in charge of the Commerce Department. His chief of staff said that putting children in cages (where seven so far have died) would actually be a public good. Don’t just ignore the rules; destroy them.

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Rand’s philosophy, though growing in popularity on college campuses, never did—in her lifetime—achieve the sort of mass appeal she had hoped. It was confined to college coffee shops, intellectual conferences, and true-believer journals, but never hit the halls of Congress, the mainstream television airwaves, or water-cooler political debates. There were the handful of “true believers,” but that was it… until today.

Now, Ayn Rand’s philosophy is a central tenet of today’s Republican Party and the moral code proudly cited and followed by high-profile billionaires and the president of the United States.

Ironically, when she was finally beginning to be taken seriously, Ayn Rand became ill with lung cancer, and went on Social Security and Medicare to make it through her last days. She died a “looter” in 1982, unaware that her sociopathic worldview would one day validate an entire political party’s embrace of a sociopathic narcissist president.



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PostPosted: 08/13/19 6:46 pm • # 2 
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I've always considered it interesting that the right wing who are so enamoured of Rand's philosophy that elites should rule the world are always accusing elites of ruling the world.


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PostPosted: 08/13/19 7:01 pm • # 3 
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jimwilliam wrote:
I've always considered it interesting that the right wing who are so enamoured of Rand's philosophy that elites should rule the world are always accusing elites of ruling the world.

Deft observation, jim! ~ especially since the right wing seems to frequently accuse others of things they themselves have done repeatedly ~ :ey

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PostPosted: 08/13/19 7:36 pm • # 4 
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inoculation.


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