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26 februari 2010

Rechtse ideoloog Ayn Rand bewonderde seriemoordenaar

By Mark Ames, AlterNet, February 26, 2010

(...) Ayn Rand (1905-1982), hugely popular author and inspiration to right-wing leaders, is a textbook sociopath. Literally a sociopath: Ayn Rand, in her notebooks, worshiped a notorious serial murderer-dismemberer, and used this killer as an early model for the type of "ideal man" that Rand promoted in her more famous books - ideas which were later picked up on and put into play by major right-wing figures of the past half decade, including the key architects of America's most recent economic catastrophe - former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan and SEC Commissioner Chris Cox - along with other notable right-wing Republicans such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Rush Limbaugh, and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

(...) What did Rand admire so much about Hickman? His sociopathic qualities: "Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should," she wrote, gushing that Hickman had "no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel 'other people.'

Zie ook:

The Alarming Revival of Ayn Rand: The Right's Weirdest Idol of Them All
Door Hal Crowther, Progressive Populist / Alternet, 18 juli 2011

A passion for the prose and philosophy of Ayn Rand tells us a great deal about an individual, none of it good.

10 Shameless Right-Wing Tributes to Ayn Rand That Should Make Any Sane Person Blush
By Roy Edroso, AlterNet, 10 augustus 2010

En:

How Ayn Rand Became an American Icon; The perverse allure of a damaged woman
Review of two biographies,

Rand dacht over de zwakkeren (de losers) dus hetzelfde als De Sade en Hitler; haar visie mondt politiek gezien uit in een wreed libertijnse of een niet minder wrede fascistische wereld (of een mengvorm: rigide fascisten zijn binnenskamers nogal eens grillige egotisten).

Verder:

Boek 'De utopie van de vrije markt' van Hans Achterhuis; recensie hier

Film The Corporation; bespreking: The corporation as sociopath

Glenn Beck, Radical Hit Man for the Tea Partiers, Is Breeding Potential Violence

PS Wouter Bos brengt in de Volkskrant van 27 februari 2010 (interview in katern Het Vervolg) onder de aandacht dat VVD-leider Mark Rutte in een debat met hem heeft gezegd: 'Belastingen zijn een gif voor de economie'.

Meer over Ayn Rand staat in noot [1] van m'n latere blognotitie:
English Defence League knoopt banden aan met Tea Party
(Met daarin een verwijzing naar een tekst van de anarcho-kapitalist Murray Rothbard: 'The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult'.)

Toevoegingen na januari 2011:

Why We Got Ayn Rand Instead of FDR: Thomas Frank on How Tea Party 'Populism' Derailed a New New Deal
Door Thomas Frank, Picador Press / Alternet, 1 februari 2012

After a brutal recession was brought on by Wall Street greed, it looked for a moment like we'd rejected the Right's economic mythology. Then the "Tea Party" came along.

Revealed: Ayn Rand Worked on a Movie Script Glorifying the Atomic Bomb
Door Greg Mitchell, 1 september 2011

In notes for an unfinished screenplay, the right-wing heroine called the nuclear bomb "an eloquent example of, argument for and tribute to free enterprise."

Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them
Door Joshua Holland, Alternet, 29 januari 2011

Video: The truth about GOP hero Ayn Rand
Climate Progress / Think Progress, 24 april 2011

During her lifetime, Rand advocated “the virtue of selfishness,” declared altruism to be “evil,” opposed Medicare and all forms of government support for the middle-class and the poor, and condemned Christianity for advocating love and compassion for the less fortunate:



Rand also dismissed the feminist movement as a “false” and “phony” issue, said a female commander in chief would be “unspeakable,” characterized Arabs as “almost totally primitive savages,” and called government efforts to aid the handicapped and educate “subnormal children” an attempt to “bring everybody to the level of the handicapped.”

Tikje hoopgevend:

As for the new Atlas Shrugged film, it made $1.7 million in its first three days in theaters, reasonable but unspectacular numbers for a limited release on 299 screens.

(...) By contrast, An Inconvenient Truth took in $70,333 per theater during its first five days on screens. That number fell to $17,615 per theater in its second week, but that number is still higher than Atlas Shrugged’s more widely-available debut. (...) box-office watchers looking to see if the Tea Party represents a discrete market would have been disappointed. The movie grossed just $5,608 per theater over that time period, hardly a sign that groups were buying out theaters or that the movie was a pop culture phenomenon [cursivering door mij; K].

Rand on environmetalism and pollution:

'Ecology as a social principle (...) condemns cities, culture, industry, technology, the intellect, and advocates men’s return to “nature,” to the state of grunting subanimals digging the soil with their bare hands.' – The Ayn Rand Letter

'Anyone over 30 years of age today, give a silent “Thank you” to the nearest, grimiest, sootiest smokestacks you can find.' — Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution.

Zie ook m'n blognotities:
Mark Rutte ziet extremist Ayn Rand als voorbeeld
VS: rijken injecteren Ayn Rand's gif in studenten

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