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  •  'useful deception for power-hungry politicians'... (15+ / 0-)

    indeed, rgembry!

    From FC's diary, here is a celebrated example of 'power-hungry' politicians:

    Even Rand's use of the terms "moochers" and "parasites" - at one time used only by her closest devotees, has found its way into the lexicon of such Catholic Republican operatives as Mary Matalin.
    "Closest devotees" in this paragraph of FC's diary links  to "Letters to the Editor" of the New York Times, (which are in response to a review of "Atlas Shrugged" by a Granville Hicks,) where a familiar "politician" praises Ayn Rand:
     
    To the Editors:

    "Atlas Shrugged" is a celebration of life and happiness.  Justice is unrelenting.  Creative individuals and undeviating purpose and rationality achieve joy and fulfillment. Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should.  Mr. Hicks suspiciously wonders "About a person who sustains such a mood through the writing of 1,168 pages and some fourteen years of work."  This reader wonders about a person who finds unrelenting justice personally disturbing.

    Alan Greenspan
    New York.

    (bold/italics mine)

    I thought that this 'letter' was important enough to bring the quote directly to the diary.  Greenspan should be questioned about his beliefs as well as others who subscribe to it.

    We must identify those 'politicians' and policy makers who believe in the Randian philosophy, because I do not believe that they are working with ideas congruent to a democracy, 'for the people, by the people and of the people.' Rather Randianism seems to be a 'economic might makes right' credo.

    FC this is a powerful piece and hopefully will be put to good use not only in this election, but going forward.

    Thank you for your time and effort and bringing it to us.

    It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. ~~Joseph Stalin

    by SeaTurtle on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 08:23:18 AM PDT

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