Friday 06 May 2016

Steve Rogers is an icon of liberal patriotism, and his newest movie turns him into an Ayn Rand acolyte.

.…we have this distracting plot where Steve suddenly turns from a level-headed liberal to a Ayn Randian libertarian douchebag who throws tantrums because he has to do grown-up stuff like share power instead of make unilateral decisions for other people. It was a betrayal of the character and made the movie less fun than it should have been.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 06 May 2016
Monday 25 April 2016

Republicans are expected to be right wing ideologues of the most hard core sort, which means believing in global warming denialist conspiracy theories, regarding Ayn Rand as a great intellectual, and arguing that the best way to fight poverty is embrace policies that exacerbate income inequality.

Which isn’t to say that conservatives are stupid. That’s trite and essentially meaningless. No, the real problem is that conservatives have made a rejection of reality a basic requirement to hold office as a Republican, especially high up offices that have significant amounts of power.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 25 Apr 2016
Friday 13 November 2015

As an investigative report from Politico demonstratesan investigative report from Politico demonstrates, this new flood of money, while helpful for winning elections, comes with alarming strings attached. Republican candidates might have more money than ever, but the party is losing its independence and being quietly bought out by the biggest bidders.

The piece, written by Kenneth P. Vogel, focuses largely on the infamous Koch brothers, two oil billionaires named Charles and David Koch who have extreme libertarian views and an apparent willingness to spend as much money as it takes to turn the United States into a dystopia out of Ayn Rand’s wet dreams.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Nov 2015
Wednesday 28 October 2015

…of civil rights and repulsive people like Ayn Rand that are the real intellectual backbone of his libertarian views, so he just makes up quotes from Founding Fathers instead. But what all this…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 28 Oct 2015
Thursday 22 October 2015

…what is wrong with Ryan’s libertarian-inflected conservatism goes far deeper than mere hypocrisy. In fact, I’d argue that Ryan isn’t really a hypocrite at all, but that this move to preserve his family time is a perfect distillation of the Ayn Rand-constructed worldview he has, where all the goodies are reserved for the elite and the rest of us can go hang. And by “goodies,” I don’t just mean NFL tickets and first class plane tickets every weekend. Increasingly, the Republican worldview is one where even basic things like love, connection, and other basic human needs are being reclassified as privileges that should only be available to the wealthy.

Paul Ryan isn’t a hypocrite for rubbing our nose in the fact that he has a lovely home life that he would deny to so many people. Reminding us that he’s a have and you are have-nots is what a self-appointed Galtian Übermensch is supposed to do.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2015
Wednesday 21 October 2015

…of a surprise. Ryan is a major fan of the works of Ayn Rand who has said that we are “living in an Ayn Rand novel” and that now, more than ever, we need Rand to explain to us “the morality of capitalism…

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Oct 2015
Monday 29 June 2015
Amanda Marcotte, Raw Story

The argument is that because a law limiting marriage to man-woman marriage and a law setting minimum wage are both laws that put limits on contracts, then you can’t oppose one limit while supporting the other. Either you’re for all limits or none at all. Paul, in classic libertarian (read: 13-year-old Ayn Rand fan) form, is trying to argue that it’s somehow hypocritical to think that laws should be assessed on their merits, as opposed to reduced to this childish black-and-white thinking where you either are for rules or against them.

Or, for the TL;DR version: If a dude can marry a dude, why can’t I pay my employees 5o cents an hour? Your move, liberals!

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 29 Jun 2015
Tuesday 07 October 2014
Amanda Marcotte, Raw Story

…Tywin is a Randian character, someone who acts purely out of selfish desires for an abstract notion of greatness. But that is a disastrous philosophy when it comes to social cohesion…

Posted almost 5 years ago Publication date: 07 Oct 2014
Thursday 31 July 2014
Amanda Marcotte, Alternet

The mythology that conservatism is about promoting excellence and encouraging strivers is found throughout conservative media and literature, from the story of John Galt in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged to Reagan’s description of America as a “shining city on a hill.”

Posted about 5 years ago Publication date: 31 Jul 2014