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Ayn Rand Inspiration to Right-Wing Leaders, Was a Big Admirer of Serial Killer


Society & Culture  (tags: Ayn Rand, Right Wing, Republicans, Serial Killer, influence, bankers, judges, politicians, economy, corporations, William Hickman, Greenspan, Paul Ryan, Clarance Thomas, Russ Limbaugh, Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead )

Dandelion
- 733 days ago - alternet.org
Rand's influence over the people leading the fight to kill social programs, and her ideological influence on powerful bankers, regulators and businessmen who brought the financial markets crashing down, means her ideas are affecting all of our lives.



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Jason S. (57)
Friday September 14, 2012, 9:44 pm
Ayn Rand ideas is what wrong with world, no humanity in her just about money
 

Sue D. (156)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 1:28 am
One need only look at the eyes of Ayn Rand to know there is nothing... no life, no soul, no heart...to see. Dark and vacant, this is exactly what she admired about the sociopath she worshiped - she certainly didn't worship any Supreme Being, or God. The same can be said about those who SO admire her, her books and her life. They may claim superiority, but perfecting deceit and self-righteousness is not worthy of admiration. They are all empty shells of self-adulation and waste the air they breathe.
 

Judy C. (106)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 3:02 am
It is very disturbing that the Right Wing would openly embrace the pathology of this woman. How does this fit in with the tenets of Christianity? What kind of twisted mind would be able to integrate and profess both of these polar opposite belief systems? Ayn Rand seems like a deficient, pathetic sub-human being. These guys who admire her must be even worse, because they supposedly should know better. Or at least they should know enough not to admit this moral bankruptcy. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Barbara K. (84)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 5:23 am
Wow, notice how much Romneyhood is like her? The people he is surrounded by, also. Having him in charge of anything should scare the livingdaylights out of us normal people. The heart of people is known by what they read, and admire; in this case, it is pure evil.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:26 am
Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' FAVORITE book -- he even REQUIRES his clerks to read it.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:45 am
The Virtue of Selfishness . Ayn Rand argues that all selfishness is a moral good, and all altruism is a moral evil, even "moral cannibalism," to use her words. To her, those who aren't like-minded sociopaths are "parasites," "lice" and "looters."

But with Ayn Rand, there's something more pathological at work. She's out to make the world more sociopath-friendly so that people her serial killer hero William Hickman can reach their full potential, not held back by the morality of the "weak," whom Rand despised.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:49 am
Ayn Rand, "If [people] place such things as friendship and family ties above their own productive work, yes, then they are immoral. Friendship, family life and human relationships are not primary in a man's life. A man who places others first, above his own creative work, is an emotional parasite."

 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:53 am
Whenever you hear politicians or Tea Partiers dividing up the world between "producers" and "collectivism," just know that those ideas and words more likely than not are derived from the deranged mind of a serial-killer groupie.

When you see them taking their razor blades to the last remaining programs protecting the middle class from total abject destitution -- Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid -- and bragging about how they are slashing these programs for "moral" reasons, just remember Ayn's morality and who inspired them.

 

Russell R. (87)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 7:26 am
The Path to a Civil War in America!
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 8:00 am
It is indeed disenhearting Russell, and if these extremist are not pulled back, or as this article said: " The only way to protect ourselves from this thinking is the way you protect yourself from serial killers: smoke the Rand followers out, make them answer for following the crazed ideology of a serial-killer-groupie, and run them the hell out of town". Many have spoken in various articles of this being the most divided our Country has been since the Civil War.

 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 8:33 am
Thanks for posting this, Dandelion. I had gotten the impression that Ayn Rand was a sociopath --but I didn't realize just how sick she was! Should we be surprised that she's a role model for Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann and the tea party itself?

If William Hickman found his way into Ayn Rand's miniscule heart, can you imagine the hots she'd have for John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Speck, Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and the Zodiac Killer? Is it my imagination, or does Ayn Rand, in the picture that accompanies this post, look like the prototype for the look adopted by the rock group "Devo"? She's the subject of a campy movie just waiting to be produced...
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 8:52 am
Good point connecting with other famous serial killers. Yes, wonderful hat, gag. Seems to suit her though, off the wall. That the likes of Clarance Thomas, serving on our Supreme Court would consider her book one of his very own favorites disturbs me greatly, and that he requires his staff to read it is also disturbing. Try to make more of these sickos.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 2:58 pm
Here, hear, susanne and Sheryl...especially about Judge Clarance Thomas!!!..."...the "pollution" is very deep and toxic!"
 

Mary T. (186)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 5:14 pm
Ayn Rand was a crazy freak that has put her ideas in the minds of the Tea party bunch, Imagine living in a world that lives like this, Very scary thought.
 

Fran F. (111)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 7:09 pm
Dandelion, thanks for posting this excellent article. More people need to know who Rand's prototypical "hero" was based on, since she has inspired so much cruel legislation and thieving court decisions. Great comments all around, and yes, she looks completely wack in that picture, like a horror film zombie.
 

Terrie Williams (769)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 10:56 pm
I am more than sure Ayn had the secret hots for Hitler, Mengele, Goebbels, Himmler, Goering...et al. That was her wet dream....or should I say wet scream. I bet she would have got off to the death screams of millions of The Reich's victims. She was a &*%^ing POS who couldn't write worth a damn. Yes, peeps, her eyes says it all...souless and dead. She was the Ultimate Fascist.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 2:55 am
Great article thank you.
 

Veronica Smith (1)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 6:53 am
Money and greed are why the entire world suffers because it can so so much good and people are so deceived into believing those in power. Power corrupts most.
 

jan b. (3)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 9:15 am
Republicans looked as crazy 10-15 years ago and those people are still around and we should wonder why AYN would be one of their heros ? She sounds crazy to me too. . Maybe they have become embarrassing to watch and listen to and its not nice to make fun of crazy people. But, if the good-ol republicans are still around they aren't able to control them.
 

Linda MacRae (47)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 12:13 pm
I can't believe she is still such an influence - not unless one understands that she is the 'background' for the Tea Party and the Far Right? Crazies.....
 

Angelika R. (143)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 2:48 pm
OMG-so far have only heard of her but never SAW her or a picture. Gosh Sheryl, now did you have to shock me with this zombie photo?
Sue D. said it best already.. and I definitely agree with Terry W. as well.
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:01 pm
Ayn Rand, a very dangerous lunatic, hypocritical at best... and so are her "followers".
 

SuSanne P. (182)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:31 pm
Thank you Dandi for sharing information with me I had never heard of or known of before. I never say I am in Shock anymore, but appreciation all the knowledge you share with me with EVERY submission I read from you.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:44 pm
You are welcome Susanne. If you watch any of her videos her eyes are this empty black holes, her eyes dart back and forth, she doesn't appear to be someone I'd want to associate with.

When I have someone representing me and the Country in which I reside, I would like to have Leaders that would not be followers of Ayn Rand. There are many good and decent people that one could draw upon for a role model and Ayn Rand certainly would not be one I'd select.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 7:56 pm
Noted. Not only was she an atheist---which is totally antithetical to the Repub. platform, but I've read many articles stating that she was "on the gov't dole" later in her life. This is also totally opposite of the Repub. talking points. Guess we just have to continue trying to educating the public and hope some of it sinks in.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:08 pm
It is amazing at how many of them are hypocrits. I know that many want to cut back or out unemployment benefits yet in the past they or a wife collected those benefits, some had help to go to college, one who inherited a farm from their Father, he had collected subsidies, yet she wants all those eliminated. It's the ole' I got mine but don't you dare ask. They get good health care benefits paid by our taxes but they don't want the citizens to have any Universal Health Care.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:28 pm
Thank you for exposing her, Dandelion. I read The Fountainhead in college back when I was 21 years old, and I remember feeling confused, then mortified by her stance about social workers being losers who try to help the poor who she portrayed as losers too. For her, you had to blow up buildings in order to make "worthier" designs reign. In other words, terrorism was justifiable. I realized then, without knowing much about the world, that this was a seriously demented sociopath.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:34 pm
For Ron Paul to name his son Rand Paul after her was enough to make it clear that he was very misguided, no matter what he was saying currently. Rand' s ideas about going back to segregation kind of shows you the apple as it fell from its tree...or should the metaphor be about a nut?
 

Tal H. (8)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 9:40 pm
Thanks for the share!!
 

Beverly C. (0)
Monday September 17, 2012, 6:10 am
FRIGHTENING!!!
 

Linda Rust (66)
Monday September 17, 2012, 6:21 am
Dandelion, You and I haven't met before, I came across this link on an article sent to me by B.Mutiny titled "15 photos of Libyans apologizing to America". It's truly terrifying though, to think that these Republicans hold Ayn Rand up as some sort of social role model. I didn't know about her connection to this sickening sociopath, is it possible they don't either? Have they even read her books? It would be just like someone of Michelle Bachman's caliber to jump on the bandwagon and start parroting the party line without actually reading the book. Still, it's their responsibility if they want to run for public office, particularly the White House, to investigate their heroes and know what the h**l they're talking about. Well, the above article illustrating the sadness many in the Middle East feel about the recent violence there is a great antidote to Rand's toxicity. There are still lots of good, caring people out there in the world. Thanks for the enlightenment, no matter how queasy it makes me feel.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Monday September 17, 2012, 7:25 am
Yes, these people have read her books, at least the people who are holding seats of power. Whether the average Tea Party member knows of her that is questionable, but the others know of her and they push her books and her ideas. Which makes it all the more frightening to me......I think of the people who guarded and ran the camps of death in Germany, and I think, these people would fit fine with that. That should scare the crap out of many in this Country.
 

. (0)
Monday September 17, 2012, 1:31 pm
Thanks for the post Sheryl. This is one scary looking, freaked out woman with sociopathic views and a deep core of selfishness.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Monday September 17, 2012, 3:18 pm
I agree, and to think so many of these supposed educated people look to her as a role model. Egads what is wrong with them.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 1:35 am
Camila said: "For Ron Paul to name his son Rand Paul after her was enough to make it clear that he was very misguided, no matter what he was saying currently."

I didn't know that, Camila! How could any parent name a sweet, innocent baby after that.....THING! Every time I see Rand Paul's mug, I'm going to also be visualizing that picture of Ayn Rand in her upside-down flower pot hat!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 1:35 am
And her pinking-shear haircut!
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 7:44 am
Charming isn't she....not. I know, of all people to have given for your childs name, and for him to live up to. People really need to think before they vote for some of these people.
 

Brian M. (145)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 10:13 am
Clearly, Ayn Rand qualifies as a sociopath. Someone needs to do a psych eval redux and diagnose all of the mental illnesses this sick, sick woman clearly had.
 

Edith B. (141)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 10:03 pm
Well knowing who Rand Paul was named for explains a lot to me! Thanks, Sheryl, for posting this.
 

l L. (1)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 3:33 pm
Educating and sad..... Thx for the article.. I saw a movie.. I think clled the passion of AYN Rand.. Said she excaped Russia with a Rand typewiter... I wondered why she had to escape and from what. I wondered what horrors she had witnessed in her childhood and what formed her later years of this personality.

Were there ever any days of goodness and innocence with her? Did she experience the horrors of Stalin or some such horrid leader and it twisted her mind. Or was she just an opportunists, with an angle to sell a product that would sustain her?
Or; was she part of that cult back in the day, that Hitler and his were led to hell in a handbasket?

I don't remember the name of that right now/religion but it was instrumental in shaping him for the horrors he believed in pulling off.
Now remember, these people in our country these days in power supporting these thinking pattern, have more in common than this woman. They are directly or indirectly skrewed to the same ideolgies plural.

I have noticed; that even tho some may; in the sphere of influence, denounce Ayn Rand, they are also speaking the same way our leaders of Ayn R are, as forstated in other posts here.
It is nauseating to know she likes serial killers and takes great delights in their minds...
What else is askrew in the world?

To learn of all of those people in places of leadership and influence who are appealed to such is noteworthy.

I learned from this movie, that she was very manipulative to meet her sexual needs by controling a young couple who had admiration in her capacity to use her thinking mind. People search for truth aabout life and the world stage and their place in it.

She knew how to play her game and get some legal nookie, while she was mariied and still lliving with hers and them.. theirs.. I felt sorry for them for being so nieve. In their break- up of things, as their paths were led, was sorriful.
But she was a mater manipulater... I guess in the end like food, words feed and intrigue the mind and those who master it can lead anyone to anywhere....I GUESS?
 

l L. (1)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 3:37 pm
typing and spelling errors.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 4:36 pm
Thank you for your additional information Lyn. We all need to learn of things behind the scenes and from whence people formulate their ideas.
 

Mark Wickens (0)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 11:17 am
Congratulations, all. Now that you have summarily dismissed Ayn Rand based on how you feel about her eyes and a sensationalist article from a far-left web site based on half-truths about something she wrote in a personal journal in her twenties, you may safely avoid engaging with her actual, considered ideas, carefully and clearly expressed in numerous books, articles, speeches, and interviews.

For those who are less afraid of ideas that contradict their preconceived notions, I recommend reading The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. You are in for a treat. And to get an idea of her philosophy, in her own words, check out aynrandlexicon.com.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 11:30 am
As they say there is always one. This isn't the only source of information I've read on her and you can keep those kind of poisonous treats. There are far too many books and literature by many others that I'd much rather spend a bit of time with than the likes of Ayn Rand. I've researched enough just so I would know who this person was that so many spoke about. Others can do their own research too.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Monday October 8, 2012, 8:54 am
Mark, we read those books, and that is why she is deemed a sociopath. We would rather have a world of compassion and kindness over her righteous might makes right mentality. Everything about her life and philosophies is sick and depraved.
 

Ty H. (0)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 7:41 pm
Rand Paul is not named after Ayn Rand, that is an urban myth. His full name is Randall. During his early days, he would go by the nickname Randy, and his wife shortened it to Rand when they were dating as a term of endearment.
 
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