Ayn Rand Is Running The TEA Party

(Boston Globe)

There have been many valid questions raised as to just exactly who is running the much talked-about “TEA Party.” Is it Rush Limbaugh? Sara Palin? Glenn Beck? Joe Wilson? Rupert Murdoch?

Nope. It’s a dead author. An egomaniac novelist-philosopher that makes up some of the founding principals of libertarianism, but certainly was not directly involved with the conservatism movement in the least.

From beyond the grave, she now rules over the ever-pandering Republican Party and this so-called “tea party.”

Ayn Rand claimed to “individualism,” but had no interest in allowing for individual disagreement over her logic within her “inner circle,” and preached “objectivism,” but refused to be objective in terms of literary-criticism of her novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

Here is this new “ethic” born of Ayn Rand that we see dominating the political right:

1. If you are poor, it is always your fault.
2. Asking for and receiving help is always wrong and a weakness.
3. Drive all compassion out of yourself.
4. You and your view are perfect, and cannot be wrong about anything.
5. Greed is holy.

Before anyone thinks I’m making all this up, let’s take a look at Ayn Rand in the news:

Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) has named Ayn Rand “Writer of the Year of 2009” and Andrew Corsello spoke in his article of the “youth appeal” to Rand and as to his own experiences with her writing that greatly mirror my own.

2,000 pages of you’re-either-a-lion-or-a-leech ideology, loathing over Shakespeare, Beethoven, Marx, government, “subnormal” children, “simpering” social workers, homosexuals, and all of it with no grace, no subtly.

Philandering Republican Governor Mark Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail with Ayn Rand in the November 2nd issue of Newsweek.

While Rand’s philosophy was based on individual’s absolute freedom, Rand herself exercised a dictatorial control over her followers. Her chief acolyte (and lover), Nathaniel Branden, once circulated a list of rules for Rand’s inner circle to follow; one of them read, “Atlas Shrugged is the greatest human achievement in the history of the world“; another said, “Ayn Rand, by virtue of her philosophical genius, is the supreme arbiter in any issue pertaining to what is rational, moral, or appropriate to man’s life on earth.”

Ayn Rand has shifted in and out of favor, but she may be more relevant today than ever.

Lastly, do not forget that the anti-reformist  TEA Party have long since adopted this mantra of “Who is John Galt?”

I feel I have the answer these people seek, as to the identity of John Galt.

It is rather simple:

“John Galt” is nothing but what you read now, something that came from the mind of another.

I created “Little Suzy” for the sake of a online discussion in regards to the health care debate in the U.S.

“Little Suzy” and “John Galt” are one in the same, yet different sides of the same coin. Pure fictions created solely for the purpose of enforcing a point of view. In the case of “John Galt,” he is a construct for the protagonist to encounter and in the case of Ayn Rand’s writing to promote the concept of the “individual capitalist.” In the case of “Little Suzy,” she is a collaboration of non-fictional individuals in the real world who have suffered at the hands of the for-profit medical insurance agencies and she exists as the protagonist and the insurance company actuary the antagonist in a story where she dies from treatable cancer after being exempted from insurance coverage.

Who is Little Suzy?

She is the little girl who died because anytime someone speaks of health care reform in the U.S. the hounds of arrogance and venom are unleashed by the nearly completely partisan right-wing, thereby serving no purpose except to prevent all rational debate and civil discourse over the facts.

Ayn Rand and her TEA Party enjoy saying statements such as: “Some opinions are just wrong.”

Completely false and obviously founded in high levels of hubris. Nobody can ever be “wrong” about their own opinion. You can, however, be inaccurate about the facts.

The rejection of all facts is not “objective,” nor is it representative of “individualism” so much as it is a practice of willful ignorance.

I am perfectly willing to debate differences in opinions about the role of government and the role of the private sector, but often those heavily influenced by Rand feel that they are justified in their self-critiques of themselves as “geniuses” and “gifted.” One Randite, who goes by the name Malice (oddly enough), spoke in the GQ article of how Ayn Rand appeals to adolescents who are feeling dejected and find that the words of Rand are a reminder that, “you were right and everyone against you is wrong.” I believe he phrased it quite well as to what the true motives and core beliefs behind this movement truly are: self-superior logic. If someone disagrees with you, they obviously are not as smart as you. Or some other perverted form of backwards-logic that truly only serves to allow for people to behave like fools and be smug rather than civil and then call that “sound logic” and “spreading the truth.”

I feel I must disclose that part of my distaste of Ayn Rand is more complex than simply that I believe she is over-rated and outright immoral; it how she very much resembles myself in certain ways.

I am a writer, but like Ayn I do not simply “write.” From one writer to another reaching out across time I must admit I feel some connection to this woman. In my more jocular moments I speak of how the real problem with the world today is that nobody is listening to me as how to get things done. In a strange way, I suppose I could explain her appeal to someone who was completely flabbergasted by the nature of all of it. But I laugh good and hard about how silly and arrogant I sound in those moments, whereas Rand was actually serious about similar statements. There is a big difference, in the end.

I am composing a piece of societal-commentary right next to the creation of my own philosophical foundations along with simply writing fiction and short essays. I am prone to start coining -isms and start throwing them around as if there is a movement going on. I am a “populist for peace,” a “realist for media-integrity.” And so on.

Perhaps most profoundly is that in haste and inflamed passion I might lean toward alignment with this notion that I am vindicated by some gift of intellect over any misdeeds I commit; that I can treat my opponents in a way that I would never wish to be treated and they are the ones at fault not I.

When one takes a hard step outside of the ideological boxes that people like Ayn Rand and myself tend to create around ourselves it becomes clear that the two of us did share some common bonds beyond simply both being fiction writers.

In the name of compassion and mutual understanding I have to come to know this piece of what I call “wisdom” as to Ayn Rand’s similarity to any person who strives to take their writing and use it as a tool to display what they see in the world.

Alan Greenspan was one of many Randites who have come to see the failing in their former logic.

Greenspan, to his credit, came forward in the height of the global economic meltdown to speak out against the exact same kind of “free-capitalistic” business practices that caused the crash. He clearly stated that he found “[a] flaw in the model that I perceived as the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works.

Conservatives and libertarians greatly ignored and widely dismissed Greenspan and his unsubtle rejection of these “Ayn Rand Economics” or “Free-Market Capitalism” styled politics that he had once been a strong advocate of. I contend that these people do not care to explore flaws in their ideological stances and instead (in greater and greater numbers it seems) only seek to create an atmosphere of me-versus-you if any person is in anything but outright agreement if not an atmosphere of outright violence.

Ideals like “selfishness is a virtue” and “greed is good” above all else drove us into a lasting national recession while the GOP and the TEA Party continue to advance the abandoned ideologies of Greenspan that ultimately serve only to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

The disgusting and shameful element being that was the stated goal of these ungracious self-serving monsters to begin with: a ruthless war on the poor and the middle class.

Dishonesty and willful ignorance dominates the TEA Party, right along with the radical GOP, leaving me to assume that no less than Ayn Rand coming from beyond the grave is the one who is truly running the party.

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    Here’s one you won’t find heading up a tea party. Martha Stewart, in a recent TV interview, demonstrated why the elite hate ordinary people who stray into the public eye. She earns the title of Mean Martha with her demeaning responses to questions about Rachael Ray and Sarah Palin. She did us a great service, however, because she gave us a concrete example of the differences between the elite herding class and the herd, them and us. The few elite rule the many, as is tradition in the world outside of America. The elite herding class has moved into most all levels of government, the law, media, entertainment and the big city cocktail circuit. Ordinary working class men and women, their children and parents, are the fly-over herd they are to manage, like polished cowboys circling the cattle. In the terms of the Transactional Psychologists, Mean Martha and her elite are the I’m OK, you are not OK crowd. That is what happened to America since its founding, when everyone, as individuals, had to work and create to survive, stand on their own two feet and depend on their neighbors in times of stress. We have a lot of Mean Martha’s with us today assuming positions of importance where they believe they decide how the herd is to live. Claysamerica.com.

  6. Obama’s banker friends got handouts.. that’s what is driving the recession. The fed is the cause and must be eradicated but he is their puppet.

  7. Your characterization of Rand and her philosophy is totally false. It might help if you actually read something by Rand. Ayn Rand never said “greed is good” and your analysis is so superficial that it bears no relation to anything Rand said or wrote. The first rule for a writer is to write about what you know. You have violated that rule and embarrassed yourself in the process.

  8. @Clay:

    You sound like Marx.


    You should do some research on Obama campaign-funding rather than running your mouth like a fool. “The Fed” is not the problem and saying so only proves you didn’t research anything about what caused the global economic crash and don’t care to know anything of the truth of the world. You are stuck in the Alan Greenspan / Ayn Rand way of looking at things and you need some real data to back up these claims before every person you encounter not on-board will stop calling you a: conspiracy-nut.


    No, it’s not.

    “Selfishness is a virtue.”

    Direct quote from Ayn Rand.

    I haven’t read her books in a long time, but you are plain being absurd in your statements.

    I am writing about what I know, I didn’t stray from that one bit.

    Perhaps you have only read her books and know nothing of her “objectivism” movement.

    Perhaps you are one more Rand-defender who will pop up to say anything to stop the truth of this vile ideological stint being touted by the mainstream GOP and the radical TEA Party.

    “You have violated that rule and embarrassed yourself in the process.”

    No, my friend, you have embarrassed yourself in trying to call me out but having no basis whatsoever in what you are saying.

    “Ayn Rand never said “greed is good” and your analysis is so superficial that it bears no relation to anything Rand said or wrote.”

    I woman was buried under a giant dollar-sign of flowers. You are just plain misinformed.

    She said statements exactly to the nature of what I said and she supported the ideology that was accepted by Greenspan and many others.

    You obviously are just another Randite who has yet to come to see the gross failings of this ideology.

    Like you and your uneducated comments you spewed at me I would have to say the same to you.

    Actually read this, Robert.

    The part about how Rand and I are similiar…

    Did you even read that or did you see something that wasn’t pro-Rand and just started lying unto the comment-box?

    I think it’s the latter and I think it’s very typical of a Randite to lie been backed into a corner with how ridiculous and narrow their ideology truly is.

  9. Oh wait ….

    You guys are “parasites” who don’t deserve to know the “gifted” nature of my blog.

    Getting it yet?

    She was a narcissist, pure and simple.

    Were I exactly like her everyone not seeing things my way would be the problem and I most likely wouldn’t even open comments for the “lower minds” to talk back to me.

    Kiss my butt, Randites.

    I will let you say whatever you want and I ask nothing in return but that you try to be logical and use rationality instead of emotion, if possible, to make your case.

    Rand on the internet would be nothing short of a dictator and you all know that already if you know anything about the woman at all.

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  11. The first rule for attacking Rand: Do not actually engage anything she said or wrote in the context of her philosophy.

    Characterize her as “mean,” “heartless,” and “greedy.”

    Distort the implications of her writings to mean poor, helpless, and old people dying in the roads for want of aid.

    Don’t address such aspects of her philosophy that people should only love “selfishly,” and as such should be free to give assistance to those whom they care about personally.

    Rand is deadly to statists because she withers the assumption that we are compelled to give to people whom we don’t even know; and as such, we cannot assess the merits of their supplications for aid.

    It is no wonder Rand is such a target. She attempts to cut in on the statists’, and specifically the socialists,’ comfortable little racket.

    The core of Rand’s philosophy is that the adoption of ideas have consequences. Her guiding principle is human freedom.

    Rand is not dictatorial in her views, though it is easy for simpletons to confuse being philosophically consistent with being doctrinaire. There is no such thing as a “totalitarian” reading of freedom.

    Your screed on Rand is composed of talking points straight out of the former communist Whittaker Chamber’s amateurish critique of Atlas Shrugged. Chambers was guilty of the same thing you are guilty of here: Caricaturing Rand without actually engaging or addressing her ideas.

  12. This “Greenspan was an Objectivist” meme is really tired. If Greenspan were an Objectivist, he would have disbanded the Fed on Day One.

  13. Ayn Rand said “greed is good” and “live not for others” or whatever that exact quote is.

    She is a low-grade pshilsopher if one at all.

    I’m not out to insult her as a writer, but as a thinker. She was so narrow and myopic in her reasoning it is plainly a sad thing that so many look to her so fondly when all she really brought to us was the notion of loving yourself at the cost of loving others, loving money at the cost of loving God, etc. Believe what you want, Ayn Rand was preaching intellectual poison and the Tea Party / Fox News Movement is no different from her.

    Satanic greed, un-Christian ideology … That’s my opinon, don’t like it? Couldn’t care less.

  14. You are extremely wrong about Greenspan, he praised Rand’s so-called “objectivist” movement and quoted her often and spoke very highly of her books. You obviously just don’t know anything about Greenspan. Disbanding the Fed would be stupidity and that’s why Greenspan and no Chair ever does it, because it’s a stupid idea.

  15. Oh yes. and like everyone else who flamed me for daring to write about your goddess; you didn’t even read my blog post anyway. So … who cares about you? You don’t even read to see if your statements are accurate or not. Very silly on your part.

  16. “simpletons ”

    This is why we all hate you “Randites.”

    We understand just fine and disagree with you utterly on that it is “speaking freedom.”

    No, it’s “speaking bullshit” and you just are in love with something that lets you be greedy and self-centered instead of compassionate and considerate.

    We are not simpletons, we are your fellows, your equals. Your attitude is poor and arrogant in nature but you are just a human like everyone else.

    You and all the Ayn Rand followers out there need to see that you ARE NOT that enlightened at all and just have your own “take” on all this yadda-yadda.

    The sooner you see that the sooner you will, well abandon Ayn Rand like every other else does when they she how narrow and downright negative her thinking was.

    Basically you want to poor to die so you can make let’s say another $100 dollars a year. I define that as “evil.” Nothing more, nothing less.

  17. “communist”

    Get out my country you red-baiting loser. You and all those who degrade themselves in these smears are no better than racists, antisemites and bigots.

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