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Ayn Rand

False Equivalency Takedown: Social Security and Medicare vs. Grover Norquist

by: Michael Conrad

Tue Dec 20, 2011 at 21:52:07 PM EST

FYI: This was written before I read that PolitiFact had decided to label an accurate claim its "lie of the year." It seems Paul Ryan's "contact PolitiFact and tell them to give me an intellectual bailout" lobbying campaign paid off for him. For more on this, see Brian Beutler, Dean Baker, and Paul Krugman.

I won't be backing down on this one bit and I seriously doubt anyone else will be either. Truth doesn't change just because PolitFact, in all of its posturing glory, wishes it would.

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The usual suspects, still pining for a Beltway "Grand Bargain" -- a bad solution that focuses on the wrong problem -- are reliant on a false equivalency. Their line goes something like this: Social Security and Medicare supporters like the NCPSSM (National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare) and the Strenghten Social Security coalition are no different than Grover Norquist.

To turn a popular phrase at the moment, this is a DC drone's idea of what a thoughtful person sounds like. Whether the person giving voice to this "analysis" actually believes it or they're repeating it as a testament to their own Seriousness, they're out of their depth in a kiddie pool.  

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Ron Johnson And Ayn Rand (WI-Sen)

by: Michael Conrad

Tue Oct 12, 2010 at 11:41:05 AM EST


Right-wing Republican Ron Johnson was asked about one of his favorite books, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, during last night's WI-Sen debate.  Johnson characterized the book as "a warning of what could happen to America."  

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Needs More Obama Books

by: Michael Conrad

Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 19:17:36 PM EST

Countless books about the Obama presidency have been recently released or announced.  Most of them are from nutty conservatives, but progressives have an excellent alternative.  
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KY-Sen: Jack Conway

by: Michael Conrad

Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 11:23:06 AM EST

This post is part of a sidebar series on Senate races that warrant attention, and candidates who I believe deserve strong grassroots support.  As always, I'm speaking only for myself.
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Today In Great Ideas

by: Michael Conrad

Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 01:50:50 AM EST

Plugging the Gulf oil leak with the works of Ayn Rand.

It's worth a try.  

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Rand Paul Wrap-Up

by: Michael Conrad

Mon May 24, 2010 at 16:47:50 PM EST

It's time for me to close my book on Rand Paul, at least for now.  But before I do, here's a quick overview of his general election vulnerabilities.  He can be beaten.  He must be beaten.  Simply put, his views are nucking futs.  
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A Thousand Words

by: Michael Conrad

Sat Apr 17, 2010 at 20:54:48 PM EST

Simon Johnson has a must - read post on why Goldman Sachs Fraud Gate is our moment; the real - time example we need to galvanize overwhelming support for strong Wall Street reform.  

Glibertarians are making sure their voices are heard.  

Delusional Randian hipsters whose views are proudly taken directly from a fantasy land are ranting to just about anyone who will listen.  

Glenn Beck is bringing Arthur Laffer (and his four inputs!) onto his show in a desperate attempt to turn the economic idiocy dial up to eleven.  Who knows what he's going to say about re - regulating Wall Street (hint: it will probably start with "S" and end in "ocialism").   The "Leave Wall Street Alooooone!" Caucus is backed up by the Chamber of Commerce, the conservative movement (Trickle Downers believe in "personal responsibility,"  but not in the case of those who are personally responsible for crashing the American economy), and a ton of lobbyists.  

But we have the advantage.  Now we must press it.  No one is above the law.  Not even Wall Street Heroes.  

This picture is worth much more than a thousand words.  


Americans For Financial Reform
Roosevelt Institute

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Who Is Brooksley Born?

by: Michael Conrad

Fri Oct 23, 2009 at 20:07:25 PM EST

While watching FRONTLINE's "The Warning," I realized what I would do the next time I run into an Ayn Rand devotee.  

Members of the fantasy - based community like to ask "Who is John Galt?" as if they're referring to an actual historical figure.  We have a much more relevant question to ask in response.

Who is Brooksley Born?

More on Rand here, here, here, and here.

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The Young Cons Are Back

by: Michael Conrad

Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 05:37:55 AM EST

Our long wait is finally over.  Josh "Stiltz" Riddle (he's tall) and David "Serious C" Rufful (he's a serious conservative), better known as the Young Cons, have made their triumphant return.
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Behold The "Fountainheads"

by: Michael Conrad

Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 00:34:29 AM EST

(oh those GOPers... - promoted by poligirl)

The Ayn Rand Institute never ceases to amaze.

This video featuring top Randian Yaron Brook was posted on ARI's You Tube channel in late March.

(Watch from 0:07 - 0:28)

Two weeks later, an unnamed acolyte talked up the Tea Parties right-wingers were using to protest... well... that wasn't always clear.  The Hooverites were propped up by leading Trickle Downers Grover Norquist and Dick Armey.  Norquist desperately wants to go back to the America that existed "up until Teddy Roosevelt," so it's possible that prominent cheerleaders for the Tea Parties saw the events as a proxy for protesting the entire 20th century.

(1:09 - 1:20)

Where have I heard that before?

It's a sad day when Ayn Rand Evangelicals resort to using socialized copy.  How lazy and unproductive of them. Build your own tower of BS.  Don't stand in front of one that someone else built.  You lack individualism!

At least they get an A for presentation. The bright light shining behind them just screams "We do not, in any way, shape, or form, resemble a cult."

We may laugh now, but the ARI has a plan.  First they're going to expose climate change as something that only "enemies of humanity" care about. Then John Galt will ride in on his unicorn (the one horn is a sign of individualism, of course), load all of the prime movers onto hoverboards mounted on the backs of Sasquatches, and lead them off to Rand Land.

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