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Saturday, October 8 - 12:04pmSanction this postReply
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She has a hell of a lot of nerve calling any talk radio host "bloated"!

Has she looked in the mirror lately?



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Saturday, October 8 - 4:41pmSanction this postReply
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Sorry, Roseanne; that "goddamn Ayn Rand book" is not going away.



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Sunday, October 9 - 6:08amSanction this postReply
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Nice snapshot of VOS!  I thought about IOE, actually.  Your pic inspired my next blog entry.  (Give me the day to this.) 

I only watched the first minute of hte Barr video.  I can't take too much of her.  I note that she was reading a script.  Poor speakers do that.  You know, I can read to myself faster than you can read to me, so unless you have some presence and depth, don't stand and deliver.  When I talk, I engage the audience.  I have a script to stay on point, but I don't read it word for word because you can read faster even if you move your lips...  But I notice this about actors as activists.  They are not really conversant.  They need someone to write their lines.  It always reminds of the scene in "Team America" where Alec Baldwin says, "Let's all read newspapers and then go on talk shows and repeat what we read as if it were our own ideas."  True, enough, also, I confess that I need to rehearse and prepare.  When I returned to school, I learned right away that I don't think fast on my feet.  I'm a writer.  I sleep on ideas.  I live with that.  So, I would not show up at a Tea Party Rally to debate the press. 

A few months back, there was a video with a Reason-TV reporter hassling Matt Damon over public education.  I gave the point to Matt Damon.  The reporter wanted to know why teachers should have guaranteed jobs for life, if fear of unemployment works so well in the other sectors.  And Damon replied only, "Do you think that I am an actor because I fear unemployment?"  'Nough said.

Anyway, back on point, when Barr said, "that goddamn Ayn Rand book" I thought of Atlas, of course, but then, I wondered, you know, just which book would upset her more, that or CUI?  And then I thought of IOE...  but VOS would probably take the cake.




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Sunday, October 9 - 7:09amSanction this postReply
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Hi, Michael. ATLAS, of course, is the one that comes to mind, first...but I gave away my copy to my aunt recently...and VOS, being much shorter, fits in the pocket of my cargo shorts nicely...

But yeah, besides ATLAS, VOS, as you say, "takes the cake."
(Edited by Joe Maurone on 10/09, 7:09am)




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Monday, October 10 - 1:42amSanction this postReply
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Done and done. Read about "that goddam Ayn Rand book" on my blog here.

This topic really should be an Ayn Rand Sighting. (And to be fair, as an actress, Roseanne Barr can deliver her lines: she pronounced "Ayn Rand" correctly.)

Five years ago, Ayn Rand still could be ignored, but no longer.




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Monday, October 10 - 7:43pmSanction this postReply
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I had to turn it off after about a minute or two. One thing that should be pointed out, though, is despite all the far Leftiness of this movement, nobody (save a few crazies) is advocating for the elimination of private property altogether. There were even a few bones throne to the benefits of capitalism even in Roseanne's speech. The socialists know and acknowledge (grudgingly, I'm sure) that capitalism is the best way to generate wealth, they just want to control it and dole it out. I would rather have European Democratic Socialism as a foe than absolute communism. It was not too long ago that communism was taken very seriously by many in the ideological left. Thank Galt the USSR imploded.



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Monday, October 10 - 8:47pmSanction this postReply
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The communists, Maoists, Marxists and the other advocates of the extreme centralized government are still out there, and I don't think their numbers have decreased - they are still marginalized, still seen as extreme, still not taken that seriously by the rest of us. But they aren't as far away from the current center as they used to be. The Overton window hasn't reached them, but it is much closer.

The progressives (think "Fabian Socialists") are now inside the Overton window. They are in congress, in the administration, and they are part of the broad definition of what is American mainstream politics. They used to be outside of the Overton window, they used to be the extreme. They rioted in the streets of Chicago during the democratic convention in the mid sixties, and now they are in the White House.

Polls just showed that 69% of Americans think that the the Tea Party members of congress are as far to the right of them as the current far lefties in congress are to the left of them. In other words, fiscal conservatism, smaller government, constitutionality, and a balanced budget is as far too the right - as extreme - as Obamacare, Frand/Dodd, QE3, More stimulus, Cap and Trade, Nancy Pelosi, and bail-outs.

Many of the extreme left are busy helping the Progressives, fairly silent about their true beliefs, and working very hard because they are salivating over how close they are getting. Look at what Van Jones, self-avowed communist, said: "I'm willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends"



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