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  1. The Ayn Rand Shield for America I hope this thread grows. I believe it will. The purpose is to show where Ayn Rand's ideas penetrated deep enough in the political culture to serve as a shield against the current communist threat to America, the stolen 2020 election, the biological warfare underway, and so on. Since I read a great deal and watch a lot of videos, I have seen Rand mentioned in several places relevant to current political affairs I did not expect. So, I got to thinking, this trend needs a thread to document some of it. I'm going to start with one example. I hope this thread grows long with others. American Marxism by Mark Levin This book came out on July 13, 2021 and is already a massive bestseller. On Amazon, as of today, there are over 3,000 reviews, most of them 5 stars. And Ayn Rand? Well, Levin discusses her in the the bulk of Chapter 5 about manmade climate change and its relationship to the attempted Marxist takeover of the USA. And he discusses her in a few other places. He even quoted George Reisman and his book on capitalisms. Levin doesn't just sling a phrase of Rand's here and there. He emphasizes that Rand talked about man's mind being the principle item attacked by Marxism. He talked about man's mind and Rand's defense of it. As if that were something normal. The best part is that he talked about Rand in the same tone of voice he talked about all the authors he discussed. No qualifications. No special explanations. She was treated as a good solid source of great ideas and nothing more (or less). That led me to thinking... Rand has finally arrived in the mainstream, not as a revolutionary, but as a member of the top part of America's intellectual wealth. The love-hate frame is gone. Oh, that stuff is still around on the fringe, but now Rand is an American classic, much more American than the figurehead of an isolated movement called Objectivism. That makes her a shield against the current communist attacks. Read American Marxism if you can. I found it by accident in my Scribd account in audiobook form and I immediately devoured it in two days. If you have worked to spread Rand's ideas in the culture, this one should give you a nice feeling inside. I would qualify that with a comment about the danger of communism, but I honestly think that danger is going to go away before too long. Yes, it is still dangerous. And it is still deadly. But the resistance here in America is too great of it to win, even with all the crap they are throwing at us. One of the reasons communism will fail is the intellectual shield Rand built. Levin's book shows just how deeply rooted that shield is. Michael
  2. Thank you for tuning in. This is my script for responding to a notion put forward on the front porch of OL. I use the blog to form arguments and to analyze statements. Much of my work here is done to pre-load some assumptions. In this case, the prelaoded assumptions are in the quoted material First step, orientation and identification. Think of you and a map in hand, along with a remembered direction. You are in America, where opinions flow fast and hot. Mark Levin is a radio-jock, a talk-guy, an author. Go look him up on Google. We can pause the tape. Okay, we are back. Now you know about Mark Levin. Or so we thought. There isn't a single Mark Levin. There are three. Okay, this is for You People. The headline says it all. Roger accuses Levin and two other Hate Club folks of being paid off. If you go deeper into the article, the warrants for the accusation against Levin are slim if not mere muck-spinning. Winnowed down, the Levin accusation is that money from Levin books is chunder. But here is is, excised from a Daily Caller article. In that article, bear in mind, the quotes are from Daily Beast and a blog-commenter at Conservative Treehouse. Chunder? “The Senate Conservatives Fund (PAC) purchasing massive quantities ($400,000) of Mark Levin’s books in exchange for favorable candidacy political opinion. Conveniently hidden by the radio host who avoids mentioning the financial conflict created,” the blog pointed out. On Jan. 13, Ben Jacobs in an article published by the Daily Beast headlined “Pay to Play?” noted that Politico, in an article that now appears to have been scrubbed from Politico’s website, reported on how the GOP establishment seeks to buy Levin. The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), a “conservative” fund founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina that backed Cruz in his Senate fight against Obamacare, spent $427,000 to buy copies of radio talk show host Mark Levin’s four-year-old book “Liberty or Tyranny” to distribute to donors – a purchase that should have earned Levin approximately $1 million in royalties. Despite his many diatribes against Drumpf broadcast to his national radio audience, Levin hid the fact the son of his fiancé is a full-time staffer for Cruz. Oh, my. I will truncquoat a few pellets from this wreath. The biggest boldest bold claim is this: But, having said that, I must do a bit of recursion: Are there three Mark Levins? Are there really? Does making a list end the analytic moment? Here is the truncquoated poetry from the above: