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  •  Actually, I Managed To Get Through Ayn Rand (9+ / 0-)

    just fine - and while like a lot of people with socioeconomic theories hers doesn't stand up very well to the reality of human nature, she wasn't completely wrong about how collective action crushes individual initiative, or the effect of "moochers and looters" on those who produce. It's just I doubt she envisioned that the "moochers and looters" would be  claiming to be her followers!

    Somewhere up in The Great Hereafter, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Gandhi and Karl Marx are giving her a shrug and going, "Annie, if you've listed we could've told you - Your Worst Enemies Are Usually Those Who Claim to Follow You!"

    •  Atlas Shrugged ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... is the only book I've EVER burned.  It was a VERY old edition (cover price: $1.25), and pages were starting to fall out as I turned them.  We were on a camping trip when I finished it, and I just used it for kindling to start the campfire.

      OF COURSE the New Right is wrong - but that doesn't make WRONG the new RIGHT!

      by mstaggerlee on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 08:57:45 AM PST

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      •  Sadly, I had to do the same to a Steven King (0+ / 0-)

        Buick 88.  After I read it, then my wife did, the binding wore out on that paperback.  In fact, as the binding broke down so completely, it was kindling for 3 days.  I suspect Buick 88 has more in common with modern American economics than had anything Rand put to paper.  

        This is spoken as a non-economist, though I did 90% of my ex's homework for her Economics degree or else she would have been in the 9 year program.  She's still a waitress I hear, some 20+ years later.  I told her to do her own work.  She's a devout Republican, just like her daddy was, at least she'll inherit some wealth.  He's a Wall Street fella.

        I'm damaged and I like it, it made me what I am! BTW, my avatar is as stollen as my father's retirement fund, the old man died almost penniless. Bankers don't go to prison for breaking our laws, they buy bigger yachts.

        by Damaged262 on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 09:54:52 AM PST

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