I thought I knew most of what I needed to know about the Tea Party’s sweetheart, Ayn Rand, until I read Mark Ames’ coverage of Rand’s sociopathic affinity for serial killers. I knew she had an unrealistic ideal view of the hero character she portrays in her works but I wasn’t aware just how much she attributed a decadent sense of morality to people like her fictional Howard Rourke in The Fountainhead “who was born without the ability to consider others.”
I’ll leave it to the reader to view Ames’ awful truth about the serial killer William Edward Hickman who Rand was infatuated with but do want to share the theme of Ames’ article and a quote by Rand that explains why people on the far right view people who have fallen on hard times as parasites when they seek some government assistance to tide them over until the economy improves.
With Paul Ryan’s recent ascendency to the post of presumed GOP vice-presidential nominee, it should be remembered what a big fan the Wisconsin congressman is of Ayn Rand. He proudly acknowledges how he expects all of his staff people to read Rand’s Atlas Shrugged to get an idea of what the “ideal” American should look like in the fictional character of John Galt. Here’s a quote from Ms. Rand that reflects I suppose what her characters in her novels are supposed to epitomize.
“If [people] place such things as friendship and family ties above their own productive work, yes, then they are immoral. Friendship, family life and human relationships are not primary in a man’s life. A man who places others first, above his own creative work, is an emotional parasite.”
Congressman Ryan is on record for saying how “Rand makes the best case for the morality of democratic capitalism.” And here we thought the Christian conservatives in this country believed the bible made the best case for morality, including the New Testament where Jesus lays bare the core principles of today’s Christianity that elevates the spirit of altruism. The religious right in this country screams “persecution” when prayer is removed from public schools and the Ten Commandments are taken from public edifices. Yet they apparently have no problem holding up the laissez-faire economic model that repudiates helping those in their hour of need. Jesus himself would be seen as a weakling in Rand’s novels and would have justified the crowd’s chant to “crucify him”.
So come election time this November, remember who the GOP represent and have starkly selected to represent them in the White House. Mark Ames’ conclusion to his unmasking of the fringe element that seeks to gain control of what’s left of the government, handed to us by some of the early founding fathers, is a warning that needs to be absorbed by that angry contingent who thinks they know what will restore “America’s greatness”.
Whenever you hear politicians or Tea Baggers dividing up the world between “producers” and “collectivism,” just know that those ideas and words more likely than not are derived from the deranged mind of a serial-killer groupie. When you hear them threaten to “Go John Galt,” hide your daughters and tell them not to talk to any strangers — or Tea Party Republicans. And when you see them taking their razor blades to the last remaining programs protecting the middle class from total abject destitution — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — and brag about their plans to slash them for “moral” reasons, just remember Ayn’s morality and who inspired her.