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"Rand would never in a million years claim that corporations who lobbied for bailouts were the Galt type! It's exactly opposite her thinking!"
And illustrates exactly why her "thinking" was so wrong-headed in so many ways. Her heroes here are people who run train lines and oil companies, among other things -- industries that, in the United States and everywhere else, have always, always been highly dependent on and intertwined with "the government's levers of power." That she supposes there's such a thing as a tycoon who is not so intertwined -- that there is such a thing as a "self-made man," much less that they are legion in the "productive industries" -- shows how little she knew or experienced of either business or government. Like most utopians, her view of the world is almost entirely detached from reality. But hers is a much meaner and angrier utopia than most. For what it's worth, I've read "The Objectivist Ethics" (you can read it here: http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServe...). It's a whole lot of gobbledygook in which Rand takes it on herself to divide the human race into "human beings" and "parasites, moochers, looters, brutes and thugs." Leaving aside her dubious credentials to serve as judge and jury here, the use of language alone is borderline sociopathic. It's hard to read her and not get a sense that she really detested a whole lot of people. It sounds just this side of the rantings of your average paranoid schizophrenic. And has about as much to do with the real world.
But of course, thanks for reading.
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