That sad, yet inevitable, day has come. The least offensively presented version is at AlterNet, but the one obviously closest to the author's heart is copiously (and needlessly) illustrated at Exiled Online.
The title and kicker used at AlterNet:
Ayn Rand, Hugely Popular Author and Inspiration to
Right-Wing Leaders, Was a Big Admirer of Serial Killer
Today her works are treated as gospel by right-wing powerhouses like Alan Greenspan and
Clarence Thomas, but Ayn Rand found early inspiration in 1920s murderer William Hickman.
The closing smear and peroration:
This does not come near to being the worst of the article — and upon encountering a catalog of Hickman's crimes and modus operandi, you might become sick when you're reading it. But you should do so anyway.
[...] 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.
Too many critics of Ayn Rand — until I was one of them — would rather dismiss her books and ideas as laughable, childish, hackneyed. But it can't be dismissed because Rand is the name that keeps bubbling up from the Teabagger crowd and the elite conservative circuit in Washington as The Big Inspiration. The only way to protect ourselves from this thinking is the way you protect yourself from serial killers: smoke the Rand followers out, make them answer for following the crazed ideology of a serial-killer-groupie, and run them the hell out of town and out of our hemisphere.
I knew this was coming, but I remain numb from it. I have no idea how such a huge injustice can be responded to effectively, nor even how to begin. Yet one of you might, and you need to know about it, because this is too absurd and monstrous — and clearly written — to be simply ignored.
Edited by Greybird, 28 February 2010 - 07:40 AM.