I do not hold Ayn Rand in high regard. I think she was a shitty writer, a bad polemicist with a vile and abhorrent philosophy.
I think people who adore her writing and tout her ideals are like the John Birchers I encountered back in the 1960s, pathetic losers who tend to have to pay people to have sex with them.
I know from experience…. One gave me a collection of her works… Oh the degradation of having to please a daddy by keeping that crap around my apartment, even if he was paying the rent.
From Think Progress: http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/18/truth-about-ayn-rand/
By Jeff Spross
Apr 18th, 2011
A film adaptation of the 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, opened this past Friday. The release of the film has coincided with a resurgence of popularity for Rand on the American Right. The trailer for Atlas Shrugged had its world premier at this year’s CPAC conference, the Tea Party group FreedomWorks has rolled out a massive campaign to promote the film, and the story’s opening line — “Who is John Galt?” — has appeared on numerous signs at Tea Party rallies.
At the same time, some of the right’s leading political and media lights have heaped praise upon Rand. The author of the Republicans’ new budget plan to gut Medicare and Medicaid, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), has said Rand is the reason he entered politics, and requires his staff to read her work. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) have both declared themselves devotees of her writing. Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has his law clerks watch the film adaptation of Rand’s book The Fountainhead. She’s also received accolades from right-wing pundits Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, John Stossel, and Andrew Napolitano.
During her lifetime, Rand advocated “the virtue of selfishness,” declared altruism to be “evil,” opposed Medicare and all forms of government support for the middle-class and the poor, and condemned Christianity for advocating love and compassion for the less fortunate:
Continue reading at: http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/18/truth-about-ayn-rand/
From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/media/150703/ayn_rand_movie_fails_in_free_market_%28despite_tea_party_hype%29/
Ayn Rand Movie Fails in Free Market (Despite Tea Party Hype)
The reviews of “Atlas Shrugged” have been merciless. And despite a major push by Tea Party networks, Ayn Rand’s paean to ego-centrism has not drawn audiences.
By Mark Howard
April 21, 2011
The film version of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s soporific paean to malevolent ego-centrism, has finally been released to the throngs of slobbering Tea Baggers desperate for some cinematic validation. Sadly for these pathetic flim(flam) buffs, this flick hardly fills the void in their lost souls.
The movie is being released as “Part 1″ with the promise of two more in the unlikely event that this one turns a profit. But the circumstances of its production foretell its dreary fate. Producer John Aglialoro has stated publicly that he was forced to commence production a few days short of the expiration of his rights to the book. As a result it was hurried into production without a script or a cast. He also admitted that casting was difficult because “Talent agencies were not sending us many of their top people.” Apparently no one of note wanted to be associated with a project that had been aborted on numerous occasions. That’s why one of the most popular books of the last half century is coming to the screen with unknown TV talent in the leads. The director complained that he didn’t have the necessary time to make the movie he wanted to make. It’s almost as if the principals are preemptively making excuses for why the movie sucks so bad. And they aren’t the the only ones who think so. The reviews have been merciless:
Roger Ebert: “The most anticlimactic non-event since Geraldo Rivera broke into Al Capone’s vault. I suspect only someone very familiar with Rand’s 1957 novel could understand the film at all, and I doubt they will be happy with it.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal:“The book was published in 1957, yet the clumsiness of this production makes it seem antediluvian.”
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: “It has taken decades to bring Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ to the big screen. They should have waited longer.”
Continue reading at: http://www.alternet.org/media/150703/ayn_rand_movie_fails_in_free_market_%28despite_tea_party_hype%29/