|That WSJ article was good. |
By contrast, an April 18th issue of Newsweek, an awful rag, printed a piece entitled "War on the Weak: How the GOP came to view the poor as parasites - and the rich as our rightful rulers."
One of the pull-outs, in extra-large, bold font, says, "Paul Ryan is an Ayn Rand nut. He views her as a lodestar, requiring his staffers to digest her creepy tracts."
The article which is supposed to be about Ryan's budget, actually spends most of its time attacking Ryan, former Senator Santelli, and the Tea Party. The attacks are written to "out" them as motivated by Rand whose philosophy the piece claims, was a cult-based Marxism "flipped upside down." Where "Rand viewed the capitalists as the producers of all wealth, and the workers, not the capitalists, as useless parasites." Wow!
Leading publications and key politicians are more openly Marxist in today's world than we have ever seen before - openly advocating redistribution of wealth and central economic planning. At the same time Ayn Rand's photo appears on posters at rally's of average American voters, the man crafting the next budget for our country is a strong believer in Rand's vision, and one of the founders of the Tea Party, former United States Senator Rick Santorum declared last night that he will most likely run for the Presidency. The same Santorum who the Newsweek article quoted as saying, "...at the end of the day, I'm an Ayn Rander."
This tells me we are approaching the final rounds in the fight. The fundamentals are surfacing, the opponents are stepping out into the open less afraid to show their true colors, the issues are coming closer to being addressed in moral terms. At the top of the fight ticket, the main event, the contenders are not the usual mixed-principle opponents and much closer to representing Capitalism v. Totalitarianism and a little bit more Self-Interest v. Altruism.
(Disclaimer: I like both Santorum and Ryan, but they both come from a conservative/religious/libertarian base and Santelli makes the Pro-Life position one of his most important issues, while Ryan, although religious has repeatedly said that politicians must separate religious views from politics.)
(Edited by Steve Wolfer on 4/14, 1:45pm)