Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How is Ayn Rand still a thing?

The video from the latest episode of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, "Ayn Rand: How is she still a thing?" has really motivated me to get my play DARK MARKET done.
Unfortunately the embed function is disabled at Youtube so you have to go watch it here.

And it isn't only politicians who adore Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged - here is Penn Jillette about how misunderstood Ayn Rand is and how empty the theater was when he and his wife were the sole audience members for Atlas Shrugged I.

He liked the movie - I wonder what he thought of II and III.

Atlas Shrugged - Penn Point by pennpoint

 At one point in this video Jillette says that people will hate him for loving Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged but there are so many more reasons to hate Penn Jillette. He gets a shout-out in this article on the most loathsome Americans right between a gay-bashing Mormon billionaire and the ghost of Breitbart:
Charges: Humiliating himself as Donald Trump’s dancing business-monkey. Featured on a not-so-secret list of sexist creepers within the skeptic/atheist community. He’s an intolerably smug know-it-all who actually knows very little. A devout Randroid and Glenn Beck fan, he’s to the rationalist movement what John Wayne Gacy was to clowns. His thankfully defunct, eponymously titled show “Bullshit,” operated under the tired formula of dirty hippy debates Cato Institute whore, and we learn that second-hand smoke is as safe as Gerber’s. Magic! The Anti-Lorax, Jillette’s an environment-hating buffoon who denied anthropogenic global warming until as late as 2008–because he was too scared of the “political climate.” At least Teller has the decency to never speak.
Smoking Gun: “Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.”