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  •  the one on the right (4.00)
    how about making it an old person digging through a dumpster in the snow?

    You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time. Abe Lincoln

    by x on Thu Mar 03, 2005 at 08:43:43 PM PST

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    •  That's Ayn Rand, Greenspan's idol (4.00)
      He's actually a crackpot Objectivist.
      •  eye-an? (none)
        I remember reading The Fountainhead at about 14 or so. As a kid would, I liked the way the two-dimensional character Roark refused to compromise. But then he rapes the lead female character.

        It seemed the essence of Rand because it suggests dominance as an act of moral strength, the woman is grateful for the courage he had to vanquish her resistance. I never read anything else by Rand. Is that why I'm broke?

        •  When I was in high school (none)
          I read everything I could get my hands on, and I was always after my English teachers and the librarians to recommend good stuff.  Then one day my English teacher gave me "Anthem" to read.  I was raised to be a good Democrat, but obviously at that age I wasn't very politically sophisticated.  And I was reading it as "literature" and not a political treatise.

          Nonetheless my reaction was visceral disgust.  It really surprised the teacher - she'd expected me to like the book.  I had a hard time verbalizing my distaste, but even so I recognized how it flew in the face of everything I valued and believed in.

          I never read anything else by Rand either: the one book made me sick to my stomach enough.  Maybe you're onto something though, because I'm broke too.

          How can we get over it when people died for the right to vote? -- John Lewis

          by furryjester on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 06:51:59 AM PST

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          •  Well, if you don't care about stomping on people (none)
            it's not hard to get rich.

            If you actually think people are decent, deserve to be treated with at least a modicum of respect, and believe in the golden rule (the one in the Gospels, not the one about gold), it's a LOT harder.

            I'm not 'poor', but I'm far from rich. My sister is closer, but that's only because she lives overseas and she and her husband have unique skills. My brother is even closer, but I couldn't work the way he does. My other brother is dirt poor, but is probably a better person than all of us put together.

            And that's really not right.

            •  Yeah (none)
              it's not right.  And yet living on the edge like I do, the seduction of more money (and health insurance! god, health insurance) is very very tempting...

              I got one of those bracelets from thinkblue, and I'm wearing it to remind me of what I'm about now.  It's not getting rich or even comfortable.  I'll worry about that later.

              How can we get over it when people died for the right to vote? -- John Lewis

              by furryjester on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 08:05:00 AM PST

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        •  No, but (none)
          that's why you're a decent person.  :-)  The only people who believe that rape is an assertion of moral supremacy are far-right Republicans (include the Objectivists in that lump of suety proto-fascists), porn movie writers, and the few gays who think getting shtupped by Gannon/Guckert would be just dreamy.

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