A new right is being born, following the death of the older conservative movement. Fortunately for the left, the next American right is dominated by libertarians like Ron Paul and Paul Ryan, who worship at the shrine of Ayn Rand.(Michael Lind, “Bring it on Ayn Rand geeks,” Salon, 15 March 2010)
Ayn Rand is all about disowning, losing connection with, one's emotions, with guilt, as one becomes bulwarked in reason. Her words, pro-offered ways of thinking, are perfect for a time when we want some group of people to suffer -- it'll be groups like the homeless and "greedy" (hipsters on food stamps?) youth/students; watch for it -- to be responsible for all society's dependent ways, but removed from feeling any guilt, owing to an intact ability to in any way feel their pain. Rand will help (certain) people -- the guilty -- become less real to us, and enable the damage this state-of-mind permits, and I think a lot of progressives are actually up for the carnage. We'll see how many of them were well loved enough in life, to continue to want to help people in an age which demands the weak be maligned and sacrificed.
If a philosophical change in entitlement programs comes to mean that only the worthy receive them, I'm not entirely sure that youth-despising elderly wouldn't find ways to stoke the sacrificial fires in homage to one Ayn Rand. Let the ambitious youth we strive to stump, prove their worth, spare "us" their provocative ambitions and erosive intentions, by dispensing of them in the fire: Rand can be taken as mostly about the select surviving, while the rest fall flat -- and "we" may all be in the mood for that.
Richard Brody shared a link.Moderator · November 20 at 3:38pm I'm obsessed with Bringing Up Baby, which is on TCM at 6 PM (ET). It's the first film by Howard Hawks that I ever saw, and it opened up several universes to me, cinematic and otherwise. Here's the story. I was seventeen or eighteen; I had never heard of Hawks until I read Godard's enthusiastic mention of him in one of the early critical pieces in "Godard on Godard"—he called Hawks "the greatest American artist," and this piqued my curiosity. So, the next time I was in town (I… I was out of town at college for the most part), I went to see the first Hawks film playing in a revival house, which turned out to be "Bringing Up Baby." I certainly laughed a lot (and, at a few bits, uncontrollably), but that's not all there was to it. I had never read Freud, but I had heard of Freud, and when I saw "Bringing Up Baby," its realm of symbolism made instant sense; it was obviou…
A Polish zoologist and his wife maintain a zoo which is utopia, realized. The people who work there are blissfully satisfied and happy. The caged animals aren't distraught but rather, very satisfied. These animals have been very well attended to, and have developed so healthily for it that they almost seem proud to display what is distinctively excellent about them for viewers to enjoy. But there is a shadow coming--Nazis! The Nazis literally blow apart much of this happy configuration. Many of the animals die. But the zookeeper's wife is a prize any Nazi officer would covet, and the Nazi's chief zoologist is interested in claiming her for his own. So if there can be some pretence that would allow for her and her husband to keep their zoo in piece rather than be destroyed for war supplies, he's willing to concede it.
The zookeeper and his wife want to try and use their zoo to house as many Jews as they can. They approach the stately quarters of Hitler's zoologist …