Only half clever

The left considers themselves quite “clever”. They say the reason right-wing folks can’t get a show like The Daily Show is because the right can’t be smart & funny at the same time (aka: clever). The video below is what the leftosphere considers “clever”.

The reason it is actually only half-clever is because Rand doesn’t turn college students into zombies. The professors do that well enough. Reading Rand will actually ward off college-based zombism.

Now if only we could get someone to make a video of that happening.

And speaking of Rand, when XKCD posted the “Bookshelf” panels, in the HTML he wrote a quick personal synopsis of Rand’s work as how he found himself “enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but getting lost at ‘therefore be a huge asshole to everyone’.”

I think he got that wrong. From my readings of Rand’s essays, you don’t get to be an asshole to “everyone”. Just to those who want you to give them free shit, and those who demand you give your shit to others for free by advocating for and writing laws that force you to do so.

Granted, these days, that is just about everyone. But if that is what he meant, then he should say that and not misrepresent what she wrote.

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5 Responses to Only half clever

  1. dfwmtx says:

    Ayn Rand is like Rush Limbaugh. Liberals haven’t actually read the words of either, but they’ve heard from plenty of other liberals how bad each is.

    What? No zombie Mouhammed? I think that’d be more appropriate than zombie Jesus. Mouhammed is one dead religious figure whose words keep infecting the world and turning people into dangerous creatures that would gladly harm the rest of humanity, kinda like zombies.

  2. Kevin Baker says:

    I have to go with that XKCD cartoon. The self-described Objectivists I’ve dealt with treat almost everyone (other than other self-described Objectivists, and even that isn’t 100% true 100% of the time) like assholes. It seems to be part and parcel of the philosophy.

  3. Joel says:

    Seriously, what Kevin said. It’s easy to agree with most of what Rand wrote. But when was the last time you met a devoted Obie who wasn’t a complete asshole? At some point “by their fruits you will know them” has to start kicking in.

  4. Windy Wilson says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that while I can agree with many things Ayn Rand said, I don’t need to hold her to the idea that her philosophy has to make a workable society. Much like Heinlein’s “Starship Troopers”, Ayn Rand’s works were a reaction against an increasingly statist status quo in what had been more libertarian societies. She makes counterarguments to the communists, and they seem off balance because she was pulling with all the might of her ideas away from the abyss the communists were pulling towards.

  5. PMain says:

    They’re attacking Rand as a means to side-step the political power they fear the Tea Party has garnered. The reason no one on the right has to make a spoof movie is it would be a documentary… cue the “Yes We Can” moments from the last the election to see real zombies.

    Nice dig at Jesus too! Good thing they’re the compassionate & open-minded side, just ask them

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