11.29.16

Contempt — it’s the American way

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall, Fiat money fear and loathers at 4:18 pm by George Smith

Writing about the social illness that’s tearing apart the US in its decline in 2016 is like pulling the wings off flies.

Endless cycles on the virtues of holding others unlike you in contempt, of adopting as a creed root hog or die.

Via Pine View Farm, the Gobble-Wallahs of Ayn Rand, always present:

On Monday Donald Trump is scheduled to discuss potential cabinet positions with a former bank CEO who bribed colleges to teach Ayn Rand, wants to end the Fed, and has argued that bank regulations dating back to the Great Depression should be chucked.

That man is John Allison, longtime head of the North Carolina-based bank BB&T and, most recently, president of the libertarian think tank Cato …

Allison likes to tell the story of two children playing in a sandbox, one of whom takes a toy from the other. When the aggrieved party complains to mommy, she tells them both to share. This is where it all went wrong. As the New York Times recounts:

“You learned in that sandbox at some really deep level that it’s bad to be selfish,” says Mr. Allison, adding that the mother has taught a horrible lesson.

It’s worth adding the guy’s a goldbug, too.

At some point, now well in the past, you just don’t care about any institutions the country allegedly stands for anymore. It’s all bullshit or stupendous fraud and the only reasonable response is laughter.

And when that happened to me, I wrote a song…


The best excerpt from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged:

Ragnar Danneskjold: But I’ve chosen a special mission of my own. I’m after a man whom I want to destroy. He died many centuries ago, but until the last trace of him is wiped out of men’s minds, we will not have a decent world to live in.

Hank Rearden: What man?

Danneskjold: Robin Hood …. he is not remembered as a champion of property, but as a champion of need, not as a defender of the robbed, but as a provider of the poor. He is held to be the first man who assumed a halo of virtue by practicing charity with wealth which he did not own, by giving away goods which he had not produced, by making others pay for the luxury of his pity. He is the man who became a symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights, that we don’t have to produce, only to want, that the earned does not belong to us, but the unearned does. He became a justification for every mediocrity who, unable to make his own living, had demanded the power to dispose of the property of his betters, by proclaiming his willingness to devote his life to his inferiors at the price of robbing his superiors. It is this foulest of creatures – the double-parasite who lives on the sores of the poor and the blood of the rich – whom men have come to regard as the moral idea … Do you wonder why the world is collapsing around us? That is what I am fighting, Mr. Rearden. Until men learn that of all human symbols, Robin Hood is the most immoral and the most contemptible, there will be no justice on earth and no way for mankind to survive.


And, yes, that photo is of my copy of the book!

And, yes, yes, it’s true. You’ll find it hard to believe now that I’m partaking of the SNAP benefit but I once gave a bit of a talk at the Cato Institute. They even flew me across the country and put me up in a swank hotel for my wisdom.

That was an age ago, in 2003.

2 Comments

  1. anon said,

    November 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    “He is the man who became a symbol of the idea that need, not achievement, is the source of rights…” So, the idea that because someone exists, he or she has rights inherently is quaint, I guess. Somebody ought to tell this to that guy who wrote that Declaration-thing.

    If I haven’t said it here already, I gave up trying on Rand about a third of the way into *Atlas Shrugged.* It was the part where she went on and on and on and on for about 1,000 words (maybe? who really knows?) about what money is. I can’t fathom how people can plow through her writing and keep rereading it. I still can’t believe she tricked some firm into publishing that bloated dreck.

  2. George Smith said,

    December 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Rand struck out quite a bit before success. Her first two books were failures. Finally, The Fountainhead, which I haven’t read, was a success. I did see the movie adaptation which was fair. To be honest, some of her proclivity for weird pre-Atlas Shrugged stemwinders is in it with the lead character, Roark, played by Gary Cooper (also starring Patricia Neal, both big stars so you know Hollywood put some currency into it).

    “Going on and on for about 1,000 words” … make that a few thousand, maybe even ten or more, usually.

    It’s obvious I found it hard to take seriously. The rant against Robin Hood is my favorite part. It would be fun to go back in time and see what the reaction was among the copy editors when they had to read it.

    I guess the book’s legacy is that it’s the “literary” justification for Americans into wealth and acquisition, one that tells them over and over and over that “It’s good to be a dickhead.”