Am I the only one who thinks it stupid to pretend you know what you’re talking about when you have not even a rudimentary understanding of your subject? His subject isn’t really Atlas Shrugged. It’s not even conservatism. In fact, one is left wondering if he even read the book. He doesn’t say. Anything he brings up about Rand’s philosophy could be gleaned from the internet in five minutes.
So we get ruminations like these:
“There are plenty of sources to turn to in the resistance against a newly ascendant left-liberalism, from Ludwig von Mises to Milton Friedman to Thomas Sowell. But those authors don’t buck up the rightist reader in quite the same way that “Atlas Shrugged” does.”
Actually, these men are lionized for their forthrightness and honesty. For their deep understanding of human nature and why collectivism and statism have never worked and won’t work. They are heavily quoted and turned to for inspiration.
We don’t relegate those who inspire us to obscurity because there’s a fresh face in the house. We don’t focus on one individual as our Lord and savior. We don’t throw ours under the bus if they utter a painful truth.
“Indeed, Miss Rand’s writings are catnip for those who seek to deflect any and all blame for the current economic crisis away from the private sector.”
Indeed, conservatives, individualists, objectivists and independents are rubes for lauding Ayn Rand’s work and pointing to the fact that government was an enabler – proving they have no understanding at all that greed and power practiced by bigwig CEOs went hand-in-hand with greed and power practiced by bigwig lawmakers. It’s just silly to point to a novel and express any wonder at all at the parallels between 1950’s fiction and the new millennium’s truths.
Neither big business nor government is inherently evil. People are. There’s been a long term trend to demonize business in general for the acts of a few whist ignoring their enablers. Look at the giants of business. Who are they in bed with? Who are the biggest recipients of their largess?
One is left wondering if he has any words to spare for liberals and democrats buying Atlas Shrugged in numbers never before known. Or is it his contention that it’s merely incidental that these people are reading it – “in droves” – for the first time? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that they have front row seats to the transformation of what has largely been an economically free country and is now being pulled under the umbrella of one centralized planning commission we call Congress. They’re getting what they wished for and now they’re wondering if it was the right idea.
Some of them are – dare I say – curious as to how this has all gone so wrong.