Semi-Objectivist Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture
Submitted by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2013-02-02 21:58

A recent video interview of a powerful American politician influenced by Ayn Rand:

http://www.atlassociety.org/el...


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I've farmed carrots- yes they do...

Rick Giles's picture

I put it to you that politicians and news-makers drop references to Objectivism and Rand only to solicit your attention and interest.

Pols and celebs usually only mention Objectivism reluctantly, and almost never to gain attention

I perceive you disagree with my theory.

Leaving this to one side, when it comes to feigning interest in order to solicit votes/attention do you agree with me that it does go on? In general, that is?

Enough, or more, as to explain why the film leads off with this joke which I think we all get and maybe I find funnier than you do?

Populist Objectivism

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Rick: Carrots don't smell. Pols and celebs usually only mention Objectivism reluctantly, and almost never to gain attention.

Hey, it's only cynicism if it

Rick Giles's picture

Hey, it's only cynicism if it isn't true.

But I REALLY hate the state.

Evidence is out there. Before I google it who wants to weigh in on if this politician has done a Cam Brady??

(Hell, Winston Peters is even trying to get Richard Wigg to vote for him this week!)

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Kyle Jacob Biodrowski's picture

Hell, and I thought I was a cynic...

That politicians and

Rick Giles's picture

That politicians and news-makers are very willing to give you a sniff of this carrot in return for your attention. Indeed, to associate them with interest, fun, education, even inspiration. That's what I'm putting to you.

Issue

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Rick -- What issue did you raise?

For the record, a good

Rick Giles's picture

For the record, a good philosophy and healthy lifestyle will "save" you.

So long as we live our values rather than play dodge-ball with them.

Notice you dodging this issue I've raised. Which is fine. But, why?

Savior

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

For the record, a good philosophy and healthy lifestyle will "save" you.

It's often interesting, fun,

Rick Giles's picture

It's often interesting, fun, educational, or inspirational to hear current news about Objectivism or Ayn Rand.

So you agree with me about the facts. But what about the conclusion that relies upon them?

That politicians and news-makers are very willing to give you a sniff of this carrot in return for your attention. Indeed, to associate them with interest, fun, education, even inspiration. That's what I'm putting to you.

** Vote Cam Brady for North Carolina Seat of Congress This Term: Because Ayn Rands Is This Nation's Backbone!!! **

It's legit, that quote. Read it from one of his books. Probably The Disowned Self.

Objectivism in the News

Kyrel Zantonavitch's picture

Rick -- It's often interesting, fun, educational, or inspirational to hear current news about Objectivism or Ayn Rand. That's why I posted a link to the Ron Johnson video, and hope other Passionate Objectivists will continue to post them too.

What's the source of that rather malicious Nathaniel Branden quote? It doesn't sound right.

And what did you think of

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And what did you think of it?

There is a theme in the following Recent Posts on SOLO...

Interview: Sen. Ron Johnson and Atlas Shrugged
New Elan Journo Essay
Semi-Objectivist Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson
New Brook/Watkins Op-Ed at Fox News on Rand's Birthday

The theme is of Objectivism fans seeming to be desperate for outside recognition and vindication and willing to be very excited by these table scraps.

I'm not above suggesting that these politicians and news-creators are playing to that desperation. One way to tell is to check these guys out and see if they're not telling the same yarn to other interest groups. This was the first and best part (by a long shot) of the film 'The Campaign' (youtube clip linked to here, fyi

I'll bet you could google Ron Johnson giving a speech to a model train club or an animal shelter where he shows similar affinity as convincingly as any Hollywood star.

The trend seems to be to vest our hopes in these damn cartoon personalities to save us.

The story goes that Nathanial Branden, talking to a group of students, said “No one is coming to save you.”

One of them piped up, “You came!”, to which he replied “Yes, and I came to tell you no one is coming.”

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