Jerry Biggers Posted October 17, 2008 Share Posted October 17, 2008 Jerry: "The influence of Rand's ideas is so negligible as to not even register on a cultural 'Richter Scale.' We find the two major party Presidential candidates engaging in a competitive orgy of collectivist proposals while sugarcoating it with the most nauseating display of altruist and group-think 'justifications' that have ever been proposed outside of a totalitarian country."Outside of a few Objectivists - who are (unfortunately) essentially 'talking to themselves,' I have seen virtually NO criticism at all in the general media of McCain or Obama that takes them to task for their altruist premises. Not even mentioned.None. Zero. Nada. Whatever criticism there is of their proposals amounts to quibbling over details and issues of 'expediency.'"So where is this great cultural influence of Atlas Shrugged that we were so recently celebrating on its 50th Anniversary?"Jerry, here is a very small piece of evidence -- from a most unlikely source, which is what makes it significant -- that Rand is being read by some members of the government. I posted the following to the Joe the Plumber thread, but it is relevant here. "I heard something remarkable on television this evening. Governor Huckabee was arguing with a liberal about Obama's statement to Joe the Plumber that it was a good idea to 'spread the wealth around.' Huckabee said, with great conviction -- I immediately wrote down his words to be sure I had them exactly -- 'The important question is: Does the government have the right to take the money one person has earned -- because the government has decided he has too much money -- and give it to someone who has not earned it.' "!!!!!"BarbaraBarbara, It is nice to see Huckabee and any other public figure giving out statements that Objectivists and libertarians would agree with. Even conservatives, such as Rush Limbaugh, have quoted or recommended reading Atlas Shrugged (but in the next breath he starts condemning liberals as being too "selfish." Didn't he read the whole book....?).Anyway, I have not seen any criticism being directed at Obama (or McCain) in the "major media" outlets that explicitly calls them to task, utilizing an Objectivist argument (not just libertarian, but Objectivist). It is true that there are some occasional Op-Ed pieces in newspapers, but this is a trickle compared to the liberal/collectivist deluge applauding Obama's every move. BOTH of them are spouting collectivist-altruist arguments that are so virulent, they would make "Mr. Thompson" blush. And they are NEVER challenged,.at least in the major media.One would think that after fifty years, we would at least see more evidence of the Objectivist positions being discussed/argued/advocated.Yes, lots of people have read Ayn Rand. That is of course great. But still, her ideas are practically nowhere to be seen in the media discussions of this political campaign and coinciding financial catastrophe. After fifty years, the voices of those advocating Objectivism hardly amount to a blip on the political/cultural radar screen (Please, no one come back with a statement that Objectivism is a "Stealth bomber!" If it's stealthy, then it is taking a very long time for its "bombs" to explode. Or even be felt.) Look, I am not saying, we should stop advocating for our principles. I am merely pointing-out that so far there has been very little political-cultural influence from our philosophy. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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