Enough already with Ayn Rand!
Yes, we get it Paul Ryan and others like Illinois’ own Joe Walsh who have made mythical this wannabe (and in her day marginal) writer. We get that you want to resurrect her longing for the feudal, aristocratic [Eurocentric] order from whence she was born into and the one I wrote about earlier in the United States of Oz. Funny how you never note her hostility to Christianity — her atheism!
Her anti-democratic (note the lower-case “d”), pro-feudal, elitist dystopia began with the fall of Czarist Russia and her loss of all the privilege afforded to her [family] by way of her bourgeois pharmacist father. Without promoting the evils of Vladimir Lenin . . . Ayn Rand simply had a bad case of “sour grapes”.
It is once again, we find a character of the elite being promoted and worshipped by those who she undoubtedly looked upon as “common” or the “proletarian” in her mother Russia. Why do these people continually think and act counter-intuitively, and in benefit of the nation’s elite like the Koch Brothers?
So, let us venture down this yellow brick road and ponder . . . who are the lollipop guild and how is it that she is their leader?
I would suggest the Guild is largely made up of socio-economically challenged and displaced individuals, mostly men who have “toed the company line” and believed in the mythos of America; men looking for scapegoats to assuage their contemporary marginality. The Guild are those who, noting the demographic shift underway in America as it becomes a majority minority society with women now comprising the greatest percentage of college graduates, are sensing a real loss of “power” and are subsequently blaming others for their problems. A confusing time in a world some no longer understand.
To put another way:
Ozzie is undereducated and unemployed, Harriet’s bringing home the bacon. Gays are out of the closest, Blacks refuse the back of the bus, and Spanish is the nation’s de facto “second” language.
To draw from a more recent, 70’s sitcom; we are witnessing the death throes of Archie Bunker.
The “Lollipop Guild” then, like in the movie, is a group of scared and impressionable disciples of a mythical character. Unlike in the move, this character seeks not deliver Dorothy to a kind and benevolent “wizard,” rather this character seeks to broaden class distinction paradoxically by leading them in the belief that they can be whomever they desire essentially just by wishing it so or by identifying “the obstacle(s)” impeding their progress (never mind such impediments are often of their own making) . . . with Ayn Rand as their “objectivist” leader marching them into a manifest dystopia.
Rand’s affect upon the lollipop guild can be found in the United States of Oz.
*****And here is a follow-up question*****
If a Paul Ryan, “Randian”-like state were realized do any genuinely believe the majority of Americans (mind you now in a majority minority construct) would continue to “pledge allegiance” to that America; an America then devoid of social safety nets, a sense of community, etc.?
Additionally, does this question then in-and-of-itself prove that the dystopia wrought by Ayn Rand’s poorly conceived social order, in essence, portend the destruction and end of the United States of America as a global power and indeed, as an intact nation-state?
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