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Politicians worshipping crazy people

James Robins | View Archive August 15, 2012, 10:37 am
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 13: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) talks with his son Craig Romney (R) during a campaign rally at Palacio De Los Jugos on August 13, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Mitt Romney continues his multi state bus tour after announcing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate.

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Giles Fraser earned some tasty brownie points yesterday.

After Mitt Romney announced his veep candidate as Paul Ryan, an uberneoliberal (my own term) famed for machete-wielding attacks on public services, the daggers on the Left came out.

The Democrats were all over Ryan and his record for self-aggrandisement and his hatred of the public sector, which should fit rather nicely with the morally-dubious handiwork of Romney during his time at Bain Capital.

The esteemed Glenn Greenwald chimed in rather nicely with a piece describing the hypocrisy of a Small Government-advocating Republican who then votes in favour of increased military spending and investment banking safety nets.

Above all, though, Giles Fraser takes the cake for critiquing Ryan’s proselytizing at the feet of idiotic and ignoble novelist Ayn Rand.

Rand, alongside Alan Greenspan (former Fed. Reserve chairman for donkey’s years), promoted the ideal of Selfishness and Objectivism. They hated altruism, or any attempt by one man to aid another. Their entire ‘philosophy’ is an affront to the basic mechanics of human evolution.

Further, their economic model, which almost came to pass under Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Thatcher, and Blair, seeks to disenfranchise society’s underclass with reduced government spending and alike.

To the question of whether this model has succeeded, one only needs look at our current economic climate.

I had a fair go at reading Ayn Rand’s Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. It nearly caused me a damn embolism or hemorrhage of some description nearing the end, but there’s a small whisper of truthfulness and hope amongst its often-hateful pages. It’s the same whisper that emerges from the pages of Das Kapital, too.

It’s the whisper of idealism, rather than practicality.

Just as Marx failed to foresee the tyranny of government and the need for creative competition in society, Rand fails to understand human nature and its propensity towards love over rationality, but further, failed to see the vulnerability to abuses of power and monopoly that her ideas would foster.

It’s undoubtedly dangerous for any politician to profess love for the old bat, especially considering that by definition of Rand’s philosophy, the new VP nominee is only in the race for personal power, and to tread on the poor.

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  1. thistle06:55pm Wednesday 22nd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I enjoyed reading Ayn Rand books. Titus Groaned. Fantastic!

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  2. Ninus-703:14pm Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    American party politics - left, right, left, right, left, right... frog-marching into the mouth of Molech...

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  3. clint06:04am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey I know, lets pretend that none of the problems with the US economy existed long before Obama was elected and that all others before him had nothing to do with the total mess that he was faced to handle before he was elected, lets just pretend that everything was super before there was an Obama, as a matter of fact why not just blame the whole collapse of our so called perfect world in the US on him becaus things were so great before he came into office ( Yeah Right !! ). Obama may have had a hand in whats going on now but he didnt start the cycle of BS, if your going to point your finger at least have the balls to point it in the right direction.

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  4. Michael05:43am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Actually James you are justified in your concerns but fail to recognise that it is the Democrats and Obama who are taking the US further and further down the road of moral decay and muddled principles.

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  5. Michael05:38am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Meanwhile the foolish and thoughtless continue to worship Obama, a self promoting, pompous jackass who continues to take the US ever further down the road to bankruptcy, moral collapse and servitude to the state. But hey! lets pretend that all is well on that road and criticise those who want to tread a healthier path.

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  6. Disconnected from it all05:38am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Democracy is the freedom to choose if you would like your arm cut off or your leg.

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  7. Nicholas05:37am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    How about some proper news, rather than a lefty blogger's rant on the right.

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  8. Gerard05:34am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Actually I believe you misrepresent Rand's angle on altruism , particularly how she would define it. She was against having having "care for others" imposed on those who succeed as a result of their own efforts by those who merely administer the proceeds of the efforts of others. She was undoubtedly a nut job, but there were some uncomfortable truths in her madness.

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  9. G.I. Grania05:15am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Call me stupid but I don't understand a word of it. Seems both sides have ideology and don't understand how the ordinary man on the street lives as they don't live in a commonsense practical world. Obama had a great idea for the poor by giving them government guaranteed loans from Fannie & Freddie bank that caused the USA to crash. It wasn't the loans that caused the poor to go bankrupt but the annual rates of approx six thousand dollars a year that is the norm in the usa. USA government must have some of the worse managers in the world if homeowners have to pay those sort of rates. The poor can never get ahead if they can't own their own homes. Poor people don't get the opportunity to become President of the USA.

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  10. James04:45am Friday 17th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    "(Rand and Greenspan's) philosophy is an affront to the basic mechanics of human evolution"? Actually, that must be the one thing it isn't an affront to! The current apologist for evolution - Richard Dawkins - argues that the selfishness of the gene is the mechanism by which evolution occurs. If that is not the case, then all he has in his arsenal are "survival of the fittest" and extinction of the others, which tend to be evidence for attrition, rather than evolution. Seen in Dawkins' perspective, Rand and Greenspan, Romney and Ryan, are doing exactly what exemplary products of human evolution should do! Thank God (yes, exactly) for those human beings who despise selfishness and continue to practise altruism, without worrying about the "evolutionary" consequences.

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