They wouldn’t have shoved the Fountainhead at me in my high school. I had to get through “Tom Jones” for it’s supposed historical place in the novel as literature.
There was “Cane” we read, “Sleep”, and to this day when was “Catcher in the Rye” taught?
I had read “Catch 22″ when I was 13. I laughed out loud for the first time to a book.
I probably did read The” Fountainhead” during my school years, formal school years. There in there after all the Sci Fi, short stories, magazines & movies meant to make one see the world as it is, for what it is.
All I got from “The Fountainhead” was as a parable of what sort of man wins the best girl in the end. This woman, what’s her name? That woman ended up with the man who was famous and powerful and important for his work. So he ended up with the woman.
The book and most all of Rand’s philosophy are dated back to a Russian writer of the 1890s who was Utopian with the sort of stories popular amongst Politico Science Fiction Prepper Survivalists of about 2 centuries.
The common man’s experiences as labor either in Russia, France, Germany, or the US generate common dreams. We all want to take our girl for a ride in our flying car.
For the Russians Science Fiction was what they got to read since it hadn’t happened yet there was less censorship.
All round and as I come to the point the Rand Philosophy was not original. I do not, and never did take her work so seriously as have our juvenile representatives such as Paul Ryan.
The real feeling of poverty is not having enough to give to others. It is painful to be selfish for me, and I think most people. Every single book by an author such as William Faulkner has a profound point to remember when experiencing the Human Condition.
He is a better writer than Ayn Rand. In particular “Absolam, Absolam!” means that you have wasted your life if you spend it in the service of bad ideals. It doesn’t even feel right to work at increasing selfishness.
Ironic to my pragmatism is the airport nation considering how in Rand’s story “Atlas Shrugged” everybody who is this Titan of Industry ends up out at the airport island with their TravelAir, Beech Staggerwing, or maybe Hughes Lockheed.
My ears were pricked up when I heard about how Betsy DeVois had started up a pilot training program for high schools students. In Transcendia everyone will be encouraged to learn to fly, and it will be paid for by the Nation as in our national interest. I come from the line as a ramp rat where I went to work because I wanted to fly.
It was said of the program to train young pilots that it was not scalable, and this isn’t true. The people of the United States as a whole are being systematically denied the good that their Treasury can do for them. “The States are going to have to learn to get along without help from the Treasury.” said Steven Minuchin.
Why is that? In our faces has been the ease with which the Department of Defense can get all the dollars in the world for weapons & weapons systems that just cost a lot, while not demonstrably protecting our lands or our vital communications systems or advancing much of anything, or we’d not be so afraid. I’d hazard to say we are afraid because we are lost.
Hubristic lying bank & investments Financial Engineers made up a bunch of toxic things to sell suckers, they could using fraudulent ratings, indicative of the sorts of things people who care only for themselves. The Rand & selfish a philosophy jettisons integrity right quick if a dishonest unethical way to get away with the money this instant, can be engineered.
Billions we can’t count and will never see thrown our way more than a car loan or part of a house the bank lets us have as a penny on a dream they can decide time to substitute with a nightmare went to these real people at our expense because they were seen & certified as special, & smarter. There is no question that these feudalists start with money.
We whose greatest times of security benefited when families were founded on the prospects that the GI Bill made real. It is such a common story that there is no need at all for me to tell my story.
Look at the debt weighing down on people in their thirties now? In what industries does that education pay? Software engineering does give those so skilled a lot of freedom but we can’t even expect our government to protect the internet in the ways that give us nationally shared security. That is to some great effect the fault of the NSA determined to sweep us so much information they have none.
If you are looking for gold you are not so likely to find it digging up all the sand on the beach.
Our Government helped people take our homes and raise our rents. My friends with the greatest security and incomes still had to work years longer.
The man on the stage who told the most truth about what was and what could be was Senator Sanders. He was advised by economists I found when I got far along in my economics studies. He never said, “Modern Monetary Theory” and I cannot fathom why not.
He still had to say that the money for education could come from transaction taxes on Wall Street Trades. I’m not against that, but there is a great deal of power possessed by our Sovereign Wealth, as well as even the unique status as the Reserve Currency for the world.
Essentially we do have all the money in the world. We are not allowed by the parasites feeding upon our body to be wise about how the money we have meant for our well being and security wisely.
The Election of Trump is the Election of a hollow man brought to the top of the nation by those who believe in and use in a philosophy of selfishness and greed. Trump is what an Ayn Rand hero looks like. Melinia is his trophy. There is no Howard Roark in this book.
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