Looks like we’re in one of those odd cycles again where Ayn Rand’s tinkertoy pseudo philosophical fictions get pulled out of the dumb-shit drawer of silly books and pick up a few more semi-literate, easily-swayed, plastic intellectuals, desperate to find some kind, any kind, of justification for their impulse to be, frankly, fuck you selfish.
I read some of Rand’s novels, two actually, when I was still a tyke barely out of short pants, and concluded, even at that age, just before critical thinking becomes possible (late teens), that as a writer she was sort of a Sydney Sheldon, but without much hot sex. I didn’t know it was supposed to be, duh, “philosophy.” Just a couple of semi-readable, stupidly-plotted, cardboard character, novels. I was just happy I hadn’t spent any money for it; I found it left behind on a cafeteria table.
Later, in college, I came across someone claiming Atlas Shrugged was philosophy. Since I was working on a degree in philosophy at the time, I wondered if I was being put on. But no, this guy kept trying to make the case there was some philosophical underpinning in her novels; more than that — they were entirely philosophical.
What? Did we read the same books?
Then I found out there were dozens of people claiming to see some sort of philosophy in her novels. They even formed a little society. Oh well, different strokes … there’s a sucker born every minute, as the sages say. Stupid is as stupid does, as I say.
It did occur to me later that whatever theme one might dredge up from a book like Atlas Shrugged, or worse, The Fountainhead (the only two I’ve read), did kind of offer a pretty good picture of the soul of the Republican Party in this country, but then, I’ve always thought Republicans were awfully close to the bat-shit edge of thinking. What would you expect from a group of politicians whose only platform is self-enrichment and fuck the rest of you suckers?
Who’s surprised that Republican robots claim to fall for that kind of silliness? Who could be surprised that … what’s his name? Paul Romney? The one just named to be the Vice-Presidential candidate on the ticket with his Dad, Mitt. That guy. Really, are you surprised that there are still almost full-grown adults who are devotees of that Rand brand of BS?
Actually, I am, but just a little.
Save yourself the eye strain trying to read a crappy novel when there is so much fine literature out there. Here’s what Atlas Shrugged is about…
My daddy set me up to be rich, I want to get richer, fuck the rest of you.
Republicanism in a sentence. That’s all Paul Romney is about, and that’s the only reason he is devoted to Randism.