Facebook Post: 2021-05-08T13:13:47

Ayn Rand pretty much wrote the manual for modern Conservative policy and thought. Did nobody consider that they might become the villains rather than the heroes of her story? Or that her heroes in the story make far better villains?

There is a certain amount of irony today, that to achieve the ideas of Objectivism, the machinery of the accused Collectivist government/society is being used to achieve their Capitalist Utopia. In other words, a modern Conservative/Libertarian has effectively become the very thing they claim to be against.

The defense is inexorably – “The end justifies the means.”

Perhaps it’s not so surprising that we’re seeing the rise of extremism and radicalization in modern Conservative circles. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is pretty much a thesis romanticizing exactly that.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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