Any Rand

My complaint with so many billionaires and their enablers in the GOP and Tea Party is their swooning over Any Rand and her books, which espouse her philosophy of the Virtue of Selfishness. Go to Tea Party rallies and most people are puzzled by signs like "Where is Galt?" Such "deep thinkers" like Donald Trump, Alan Greenspan, Paul Ryan, Clarence Thomas, et alia, like to throw out how Rand "changed my life," but I doubt they really read her or understood what she stood for (herself). Virtually all these followers fail to mention that Rand was an atheist--a problem for people like Paul Ryan who mention their Christianity every chance they get. But, then again, maybe this is why they pass over Matthew 25 when quoting the New Testament.

Rand's philosophy is not only un-Christian, showing no sense of charity or tolerance, but highly un-American as well. The followers of Rand need to read original charters of the Mayflower, the colonies, as well as the Constitution that speak of working for the "commonwealth" and "common good." For me personally, I volunteered to fight communism as a teenager and haven't changed. It will be a cold day in hell before I ever take advice from a "former" commie like Ayn Rand.

If you take the time to read this single paragraph from an Alternet article, it is the best summary of what my complaints are, not to mention what drives the GOP:

The philosophy, such as it was, which Rand laid out in her novels and essays was a frightful concoction of hyper-egotism, power-worship and anarcho-capitalism. She opposed all forms of welfare, unemployment insurance, support for the poor and middle-class, regulation of industry and government provision for roads or other infrastructure. She also insisted that law enforcement, defense and the courts were the only appropriate arenas for government, and that all taxation should be purely voluntary. Her view of economics starkly divided the world into a contest between "moochers" and "producers," with the small group making up the latter generally composed of the spectacularly wealthy, the successful, and the titans of industry. The "moochers" were more or less everyone else, leading TNR's Jonathan Chait to describe Rand's thinking as a kind of inverted Marxism. Marx considered wealth creation to result solely from the labor of the masses, and viewed the owners of capital and the economic elite to be parasites feeding off that labor. Rand simply reversed that value judgment, applying the role of "parasite" to everyday working people instead. On the level of personal behavior, the heroes in Rand's novels commit borderline rape, blow up buildings, and dynamite oil fields -- actions which Rand portrays as admirable and virtuous fulfillments of the characters' personal will and desires. Her early diaries gush with admiration for William Hickman, a serial killer who raped and murdered a young girl. Hickman showed no understanding of "the necessity, meaning or importance of other people," a trait Rand apparently found quite admirable. For good measure, Rand dismissed the feminist movement as "false" and "phony," denigrated both Arabs and Native Americans as "savages" (going so far as to say the latter had no rights and that Europeans were right to take North American lands by force) and expressed horror that taxpayer money was being spent on government programs aimed at educating "subnormal children" and helping the handicapped. Needless to say, when Rand told Mike Wallace in 1953 that altruism was evil, that selfishness is a virtue, and that anyone who succumbs to weakness or frailty is unworthy of love, she meant it.

If you read anything, read just what I put in bold.

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