Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon, IL)
Greenspan, a disciple of the radical “free market” novelist and thinker Ayn Rand, pushed for a major increase in the payroll tax — a tax legally bound to be used solely to fund Social Security and Medicare — so that baby boomers, who represent a bulge in the U.S. population, could “prepay” their retirement security. In fact, the money was diverted.
- Selflessness is vile. From libertarian avatar and prophet Ayn Rand: “The man who attempts to live for others is a dependent. He is a parasite in motive and makes parasites of those he serves.”
Aid workers. Doctors Without Borders. Gandhi. Martin Luther King Jr. Mother Teresa. In this libertarian view, all of them are “parasites” who make parasites of those they serve—because, of course, the free market would eventually eliminate poverty. (Never mind the millions who would starve in the meantime.)
Not only are these good people “parasites” in this libertarian view, they are deliberately parasitical (“in motive”). They lack the nobility of character needed to act purely out of self-interest, like the murderer Ayn Rand so admired.