My “favorite” thing about Ayn Rand is that you can completely and utterly hate her and her toxic opinions and yet not even know about whole entire unexplored worlds of shittiness that she contains.
Why I hate gringos
This quote is new to me.
Wow, she was such a shitstain.
I’m glad she died alone.
OMG natives don’t deserve their land cos they’re not exploiting the resources, u guise.
Hey so I see you’re using your finished basement as an exercise room. I would totally use this as a craft room so I’m just going to kill you and move in.
*nods* seems legit.
Seems like time to upgrade my opinion on Ayn Rand from “Can’t stand” to “Wouldn’t piss on if on fire.”
I think her books are the blueprint for the current version of the Republican party.
Actually they are. Paul Ryan is a fan of Ayn Rand though now he claims he isn’t. And he’s not alone. A lot of current Republicans read Rand in their adolescence & bought in wholeheartedly.
Reblogging for that last comment, because I was going to bring up the same point. Don’t want to believe a Daily Beast article? Understandable, since it’s a liberal-leaning site, but you can go straight to the source and listen to Paul Ryan himself.
Here are a few direct quotes from an actual Paul Ryan speech (audio available at the link):
I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff. We start with Atlas Shrugged. People tell me I need to start with The Fountainhead then go to Atlas Shrugged [laughter]. There’s a big debate about that. We go to Fountainhead, but then we move on, and we require Mises and Hayek as well.
And so when you take a look at where we are today, ah, some would say we’re on offense, some would say we’re on defense, I’d say it’s a little bit of both. And when you look at the twentieth-century experiment with collectivism—that Ayn Rand, more than anybody else, did such a good job of articulating the pitfalls of statism and collectivism—you can’t find another thinker or writer who did a better job of describing and laying out the moral case for capitalism than Ayn Rand.
It’s so important that we go back to our roots to look at Ayn Rand’s vision, her writings, to see what our girding, under-grounding [sic] principles are. I always go back to, you know, Francisco d’Anconia’s speech (at Bill Taggart’s wedding) on money when I think about monetary policy. And then I go to the 64-page John Galt speech, you know, on the radio at the end, and go back to a lot of other things that she did, to try and make sure that I can check my premises so that I know that what I’m believing and doing and advancing are square with the key principles of individualism.
Is this an easy fight? Absolutely not…But if we’re going to actually win this we need to make sure that we’re solid on premises, that our principles are well-defended, and if we want to go and articulately defend these principles and what they mean to our society, what they mean for the trends that we set internationally, we have to go back to Ayn Rand. Because there is no better place to find the moral case for capitalism and individualism than through Ayn Rand’s writings and works.
That’s former Republican Vice Presidential candidate (and front-runner to become 2016 Republican Presidential candidate) Paul Ryan, everybody. The guy who supports this heartless bitch Ayn Rand and proudly lives by her “me first” mentality. Paul Ryan, who thinks that the purpose of government is to tell everyone in the country “fuck it, you’re on your own.”
If you don’t want audio, here’s a short video of Paul Ryan singing Ayn Rand’s praises.
Then in 2012 he tried to deny his love of Ayn Rand (despite all of the evidence to the contrary, like recordings of him talking about how important Ayn Rand is to him), because the 2012 Republican presidential campaign was nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt at landing in the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of lies told in a single campaign.
And Paul Ryan is hardly alone in the Republican party in bowing down to the evil villain that was Ayn Rand. Republicans love to thump their Bibles, but their ideologies are the exact opposite of what the Bible teaches.