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Excretions from the Drooling Beast
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-10-09 22:41
Not a lot of people understand why I set such store by Ayn Rand's description, via her character Steven Mallory, of the "drooling beast" that "prowl[s] through mankind." I set such store by it because it's accurate:
As appendages of the drooling beast, many people do not recognise themselves.
Others regard the very concept as hyperbolic, or even paranoid and delusional.
Lately, stuff.co.nz has been asking the drooling beast how to fix the economy. An appendage labelled Dave Mollard submitted an article entitled, "Keep Pruning those Tall Poppies." It said little about the economy, but argued for the general efficacy of New Zealanders' infamous capacity for pulling down the high achievers in their midst:
"Closed, mindless [can't even use the comma properly], utterly wanton, but with an aim and a cunning of its own."
Note the package-dealing here: the unconscionable cackling that goes on when entrepreneur Serepisos, developer of several iconic sites in Wellington and saviour of New Zealand Football, goes bankrupt; the impertinent, envy-infested outrage that dregs ejaculate when Sonny Bill Williams exercises his right to do with his life as he pleases; these are equated with, and placed in the same moral category as, legitimate contempt for a sub-dreg (politician) who watches porn on the taxpayer dime. It's important for the drooling beast, qua parasite, to obliterate the distinction between preying and producing, between its own kind and productive humans.
This protuberance goes on:
Again, note the package-dealing, where the justified shaming of corrupt politicians, police and civil servants is deemed to be on a par with dissing cricketers for their deservedly high salaries or holding a rational position on nuclear-powered warships.
Since he's in India, I'm surprised Mollard isn't advocating the restoration of the Hindu caste system. That had a pretty good knack for not letting anyone rise up from the crowd!
The drooling beast is real, and Tall Poppy Syndrome is its excrement.
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