GOP Shrugged – The Ayn Rand budget version.

One of the best damn ads I have see yet.


10 thoughts on “GOP Shrugged – The Ayn Rand budget version.

    1. Yeah. This is why Rand Paul quickly left the stage and refused to accept the bible that the Catholic individual tried to offer him, referring him to a passage in Luke.

      Between the christian(?) Dominionists and the Randian libertarians with their radical businessmen true believers the Republican party is certainly filled with a lot of insane and dogmatic politicians.

      The rats seem to be leaving the walls where they were hidden and are now gathering in the middle of the kitchen floor.

  1. Ayn Rand teaches that the only valid morality is selfishness. All Randian morality is based on the free market, and property rights are the only rights which are valid. Ownership of property is absolute and gives one the unfettered right to use or dispose of that property in whatever way the owner desires. No one may interfere with this absolute right, including the government or the community.

    Ayn Rand explicitly stated that altruism and religious ethics were meaningless and wrong. They are not based on property rights and the free unfettered market and in fact can be used to justify interference with the free market and property rights.

    The Fountainhead was published in 1943 and was quickly adopted by conservative American businessmen who were fighting Roosevelt and the New Deal. Rand’s philosophy was also very strongly embedded in the Robert Welch’s John Birch Society. Interestingly it horrified William F. Buckley.

    1. It seems to me that the demand of the Randians for absolute property rights is probably the reason why they so often reject all use of violence, supposedly they claim for philosophical reasons.

      In fact their demand to use property rights to control others will always cause either legal or political reactions (they reject the right of government to enforce those decisions) or violent reactions to change the decisions. Ask the farmers who were abused by railroad monopolies.

    2. cmaukonen

      “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

    3. This is a basic philosophical notion which has been taught forever and which has a great deal of merit. It’s very difficult to ignore the reality that we most frequently work in our own best interests. As a supportable theory this is stronger than ever. Unfortunately it’s reliant upon one of our most fundamental flaws. As a social theory there is strong evidence to reject it because of it’s foundation element of greed. We are witness to what this is producing and need only look at the preposterous socio-economic positions taken by Wall Street to know this isn’t a workable scheme. We have a situation right now which mimics the numerics of the 30’s depression era but with a different permanent solution under offer. This solution creates only a limited prosperity and doesn’t include the majority.

      1. It seems to me that Randianism survives because it is a philosophy that essentially states the limitation of the human mind to deal with large amounts of information and multiple variables is very poor. Most problems are too large for any single individual to comprehend let alone actually work with efficiently. It’s called “Bounded Rationality.”

        But if you can narrow the problems down so that they consist entirely of what can be displayed on a balance sheet and income statement then most of the difficulties are displaced. Whatever the greedy one can no longer even recognize becomes problems for someone else, and with the power of money the greedy ones can often shut those suffering the ignored problems up.

        An example is the company that creates a product but also creates waste that is destructive to the society and is expensive to dispose of safely. This can easily be ignored by top management simply by not including it on the financial statements.

        As a side note, I just learned that the Koch brothers are funding Grover Norquist’s no-tax, limited-government organization. The Koch’s also funded the CATO Institute.

        1. In the sense that we are commenting upon well established and irrefutable facts of humanity and of our being it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we generally make such a mess of things. The reliability and infallibility with which we mess up is simply phenomenal to behold.

  2. cmaukonen

    As a side note, I just learned that the Koch brothers are funding Grover Norquist’s no-tax, limited-government organization. The Koch’s also funded the CATO Institute.

    Imagine my total and utter (lack of) surprise.

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