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  •  What a horrid human being (4+ / 0-)

    The Ayn Rand thing is interesting... Because obviously she adored selfishness and wanted to contribute to nothing.

    But her going on Medicare completely fit within her ideology. I am most important. I will do anything that benefits me.

    In some ways her exact situation is the height of selfishness. Essentially she is saying in my life I will actively attack these programs, I will convince everyone that we shouldn't contribute to them and then I'll turn around and use them anyway.

    It's another "I got mine, fuck you" angle.

    What a horrid human being.

    •  Oh, she was. But only by moral standards (5+ / 0-)

      Alisa  Rosenbaum was by any account a moocher, a social parasite and a go-along-to-get-along in the fine old Russian "lick the boots above, kick the faces below" tradition.

      Having acquired a university education at the expense of the Communist State .  ... she promptly defected to the United States where she was able to sponging off her relative ,  -- until she was able to launch her hollwood career as a seamstress and sometime script writer, and then parlay the Red Scare of the 20s into a writing career of her own in the 50s.  

      To be fair : she was very much the product of her times ... Born into a petite bourgeois family, the Bolsheviks confiscated the Rosenbaum pharmacy so the family fled to the protection of the "Whites" in Crimea.  Granted: the liberal arts education offered to women, much less those from counter revolutionary families, was not, by world standards much of a much. It consisted primarily of politically correct admiration of approved German philosophers and Russian novelists -- and the latest dictats of the Education Committees.

      But by inverting  all the shibboleths of Leninist intellectualism and applying the  love of absolutism coupled to oversimplification -- Rand's fiction fit right in with the American's infatuation with Anti-Communist politics and the "running dog intellectuals" who acted as its cheerleaders.

      And there was an element of the real-life Horatio Alger Story in Ayn Rand's biography:  a chance meeting with Cecil B. DeMille led to a couple of jobs as a film extra and a steady position as a junior screen writer.   (The NY chapter of NAMBLA is, named the Horatio Alger Chapter for good reason.)

      That Rand/Rosenbaum was as she was and did as she did isn't remarkable.  That she succeed to the extent that she did ... perhaps was.

      However, that her fanboys and sycophants in "The Collective" could not or would not chip in to keep her off the Government Dole ... IS  very significant -- and proves just what happens when Rational Positivism tries to migrate from the printed page to the real world.  (The OTHER Positivists will munch your snacks and bask in your reflected glory in THEIR self-interest, but will quickly realize that an old, sick, bitter, and self-contradicting Icon is better admired from a distance.)

      A treacherous ingrate herself, Rand/Rosebaum appealed to a purile generation of up-and-coming treacherous ingrates "with delusions of godhood" and good political connections.

      And now they're running the country !

      It might help  to remember that Ayn Rand was more "mascot" than she was "prime mover."

      •  This is great info (3+ / 0-)
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        Scientician, Renee, AdamSelene

        It reinforces my belief that a blockbuster biographical (and realistic) movie of her life could be a paradigm-shifter.

        Arrrr, the laws of science be a harsh mistress. -Bender B. Rodriguez

        by democracy inaction on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 09:27:28 AM PDT

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        •  I'd see the X-rated version ... (0+ / 0-)

          I mean I liked Threesome  and, although I missed it there WAS a Harrad Experiment filmed in the 70s ...  so clearly there HAS been a market for pretentious purile posturing punctuating presentations of slightly off-center sexuality.

          But seriously ... how did the Howard Hughes biography fare at the box office?

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