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BECKWATCH: Ayn Rand Would Have Absolutely Hated Glenn Beck

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Quote of the day: "Faith is the worst curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought." - Ayn Rand

Research Topic: Mixed Economy

Ayn Rand (Russian American novelist and philosopher, 1905 - 1982) had extreme contempt for conservatives, religious and spiritually-minded people, non-intellectuals, and do-gooders - she probably would have stoned Mother Theresa and Bob Geldof if she could have gotten at them. David Barton (Mr. Beck's Revisionist Historical Hobbyist in Residence) would not have been safe around her. So, how in the hell is he being allowed to use her, her institute, and her novel ('Atlas Shrugged') as justification for - Barack Obama "Socialist." She would have literally puked and howled obscenities at his "Restore Honor Rally" - no, she was much to intellectual for that - she would have Bar-B-Qued him on the Sunday Morning Political talk shows.

Miss Rand was born in Russia, was the child of a comfortably successful Jewish pharmacist, and lived through the changes and suffering of the Russian revolution. Her father's pharmacy was confiscated by the Bolsheviks and the family had to move away from her home town and naturally, this was profoundly life-changing and traumatic. She consequently developed a deep contempt and hatred for communism and socialism - they had stolen something from her and negatively altered her life. Being an intellectual and a writer she spent the rest of her life venting her rage and intellectually justifying her position, which developed into a philosophy she called "Objectivism" that she described as, "The concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the purpose of his life , with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute." By way of illustration: I've only met one individual that considered themselves an "Objectivist" and she was great fun to argue with but as a friend and lover she was frightening in her selfishness and contempt for charity.

Ayn Rand was no Rodeo Clown or Rodeo Clown's friend. Glenn Beck has been talking on and on about Faith, Hope, and Charity on his various programs, putting it on flags, posters, and t-shirts and also using Ayn Rand and her Institute as justification and talking points. This is one of the most heinous examples of intellectual theft I have ever witnessed - he has dug Miss Rand up and adorned her with grease paint and bright colored ribbons, it's a sacrilege (she would have hated this word, but I think it is apropos).

Is he just stupid or is he an evil genius? Does he really not know her background and philosophy or has he pre-meditatively co-opted it for his very dishonest purposes? I have made references to this before - this smells like the actions of someone who has assiduously pondered and studied the rise of Nazism and National Socialism and the methods of Joseph Goebbels (Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda) - co-opt everything you can that a society holds dear, bend it to your purposes and repeat lies over and over again as truth: Obama is a Socialist, Obama is a Socialist, Obama is a Socialist, Obama is a Socialist.............
scary isn't it?

 

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THIS MAN IS TRUELY A MENACE - HE IS BECOMING VERY ... by Kevin Tully on Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 at 4:05:55 PM
Beck is just one more Libertarian trying to get aw... by MichaelM on Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 at 5:04:58 PM
Hey Michael,Yes, you are right, I was being hyperb... by Kevin Tully on Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 at 5:22:43 PM
Rand might have some quibbles with Beck around the... by Natalie Oberman on Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 at 6:14:09 PM
"Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Ra... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 1:49:25 AM
Natalie,Ayn Rand was anti-religious, anti-demagogu... by Kevin Tully on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 5:49:41 AM
There's no question that fascists, and nazis, have... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 5:46:41 PM
While she certainly shared some views with Beck an... by Steven Leser on Friday, Sep 24, 2010 at 1:29:43 AM
Yea, those characters are the Hindu kind and Beck ... by Kevin Tully on Friday, Sep 24, 2010 at 11:03:45 AM
"She would have disagreed with many of Obama's pol... by Natalie Oberman on Saturday, Sep 25, 2010 at 5:41:43 PM
Natalie,I believe she would disagree with him on p... by Kevin Tully on Sunday, Sep 26, 2010 at 12:15:43 AM
I agree that Rand would not like Beck. He is obvio... by mtnrunner2 on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:06:23 AM
I think the nazi allusion is absolutely fair insof... by Kevin Tully on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 11:44:21 AM
Isn't it really impossible to know how A.R. would ... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 5:28:09 PM
Natalie,I don't know how old you are, but I'm 53 y... by Kevin Tully on Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 at 10:11:28 PM
Natalie,1) You are correct in expecting that Rand ... by MichaelM on Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 at 12:22:41 AM
Thanks Michael and Natalie very much for the comme... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 at 7:56:04 AM
Michael,I think it is hard to speak of, desire con... by Kevin Tully on Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 at 9:56:49 AM
Christ.ARI has evolved and is affected by contempo... by Steven Leser on Friday, Sep 24, 2010 at 1:38:44 AM
You guys are certainly more knowledgeable on Rand ... by Natalie Oberman on Friday, Sep 24, 2010 at 3:35:02 PM
Natalie,I completely understand what you are tryin... by Kevin Tully on Saturday, Sep 25, 2010 at 9:44:41 AM
mtrunner2,"I agree that Rand would not like beck. ... by Kevin Tully on Saturday, Sep 25, 2010 at 10:22:57 AM
As a Beck fan, and an atheist, (actually agnostic ... by Natalie Oberman on Saturday, Sep 25, 2010 at 3:43:11 PM
Natalie,I was in my local half price book store ye... by Kevin Tully on Sunday, Sep 26, 2010 at 1:15:35 PM
First of all, I reject your characterization of Be... by Natalie Oberman on Monday, Sep 27, 2010 at 4:53:39 PM
Natalie,Wow, quite a lot to take in. First of all... by Kevin Tully on Monday, Sep 27, 2010 at 11:17:19 PM
OK I'm sorry I didn't read your article thoroughly... by Natalie Oberman on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010 at 4:42:42 PM
I am a mixed economy economist (I've read Galbrait... by Kevin Tully on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010 at 11:00:24 PM
Kevin .... YOU brought up race, as in black. "LBJ... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010 at 4:02:00 PM
Natalie,I don't believe I said " LBJ liberated Bla... by Kevin Tully on Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010 at 6:41:42 PM
Kevin you said: "President Lyndon Johnson was a pr... by Natalie Oberman on Thursday, Sep 30, 2010 at 4:53:20 PM
Natalie,I believe if you read the text of The Civi... by Kevin Tully on Friday, Oct 1, 2010 at 7:46:59 AM
Kevin,You somehow don't want to associate the CRA ... by Natalie Oberman on Saturday, Oct 2, 2010 at 4:21:29 PM
Natalie, Again, I just think we are just going to ... by Kevin Tully on Saturday, Oct 2, 2010 at 5:18:51 PM