FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY - LEST ANYONE FORGET THIS! This is being copied here in case other websites that had this article vanish. This is too important to vanish.
You should read this to give Ayn Rand’s "ideas" their proper context, see where she GOT those ideas, who she based her character-heroes on, and you need to repeat this over and over, spread it all over, until all of America understands what made this fucked-up Russian-Jew’s mind tick.
You see, Ayn Rand’s influence over the very people leading the fight to kill all social programs in the US, and her ideological influence on so many powerful bankers, regulators and businessmen who brought the financial markets crashing down, means that it’s suicide to ignore her, no matter how dumb, silly or beneath you her books and ideas are. THIS CAN NOT BE FORGOTTEN. IT CAN NOT VANISH INTO THE MEMORY HOLE.
1. FACT: Ayn Rand Worshipped A Serial Killer Who Kidnapped and Dismembered Little Girls. His name was William Edward Hickman - and she based her heroes on this man, a killer that she idolized.
2. FACT: Ayn Rand is 2012 VP Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's GURU. We are speaking of Paul Ryan who introduced the "Let Women Die" legislation (where in hospital, even if a woman's life is at risk, an abortion cannot be performed to save the woman); Paul Ryan who sponsored and advocated the "Rape is not really rape if a woman gets pregnant" nonsense. Nobody is telling these bastards to take birth control, or to get abortions. Nobody is telling anyone to stop breeding. But they'd tell YOU what you can do with your body if you are a woman, even if you got raped. These people need to BE GONE. They can not be ignored or just voted down. Not enough. They need to BE GONE.
These morons go on about "God's Will" as if they know God's Will? What ever happened to their demented belief in the anti-Christ? What if the rapist is inspired by the Devil to rape the woman, so that the anti-Christ can be born? No, they'd have it that the rapist is inspired by God's Divine Will to go rape a woman and if she's pregnant, that's also by Divine Will. These American Taliban (no offence to Muslims intended) have to BE GONE.
Article originally By Mark Ames - with some notes added in [ ] brackets, and some issue-related things of the times eliminated as redundant, since they might not be issues later on. Nonetheless, this information about the loon Ayn Rand MUST BE PRESERVED and NEVER FORGOTTEN.
[NOTE: Ayn Rand is also the primary inspiration for Anton LaVey's "SATANIC BIBLE". So it's ironic as hell to see lunatic rightwing Christian extremists loving her and her constipated-faced fanboy Paul Ryan. Why don't they just join the Church of Satan? G-d damned brainwashed f'cking stupid bastards - too f'cking stupid to live. I doubt that Anton LaVey even knew this about this wacked out bitch - or else he used her just to shock people, horrify people.]
This is an article about the man behind Ayn Rand: she had unrequited adoration and idolization for a notorious serial killer, William Edward Hickman. This is not some myth. It's not a slander or propaganda. This is a fact. Vice President candidate Paul Ryan claimed, with his own mouth, repeatedly, that he owes his entire “moral” worldview to Ayn Rand. She was nothing but a pathetic groupie of a serial killer.
The US is the only place where right-wing elites can openly share their distaste for the working poor. Where do they find their philosophical justification for this kind of attitude? [I note with surprise that most of them have no freaking idea that they are voting for things drastically against their own self-interest - while at the same time, promoting the views of Ayn Rand who was all about self interest. There is no word for this kind of contradiction - except to say that these people are TOO STUPID TO LIVE. To top that off, the issue of the day, Obamacare IS NOT REMOTELY socialized medicine. Other modern Western and some Asian countries have real socialized medicine - everyone pays taxes, usually a high flat tax that pays for EVERYTHING that civilized people need to keep society civilized: roads, firefighters, police and yes, medical care. This eliminates the number one killer: STRESS. You go to the hospital, it's paid for already, you don't personally pay anything. THAT is socialized medicine. Obamacare is just going to make PRIVATE insurance companies richer and still, not everyone will be able to afford it. Obamacare is flawed, it's just the same old SHIT packaged up another way, it's freaking ROMNEY CARE. It's no good. "Medicare for all" is what people heard and voted for in 2008 - Obama won by a landslide. He didn't DO what he said he'd do. The USA still practices "profit driven medicine" and sick people make doctors and Big Pharma quite rich. Now, think about that when you think of PARASITES. People getting rich off other people's sickness.]
It turns out, you can trace much of this thinking back to Ayn Rand, a popular cult-philosopher who plays Charlie to the American right-wing’s Manson Family. Read on and you’ll see why.
One reason why most countries don’t find the time to embrace her "thinking" is that Ayn Rand is a textbook sociopath. Literally a sociopath: Ayn Rand, in her notebooks, worshiped a notorious serial murderer-dismemberer, and used this killer as an early model for the type of “ideal man” that Rand promoted in her more famous books — ideas which were later picked up on and put into play by major right-wing figures of the past half decade, including the key architects of America’s most recent economic catastrophe — former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan and SEC Commissioner Chris Cox — along with other notable right-wing Republicans such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Rush Limbaugh, Rep. Paul Ryan, and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.
The loudest of all the Republicans, right-wing attack-dog pundits and the Tea Party mobs fighting to kill health care reform and eviscerate “entitlement programs” [even though many Tea Party people are seniors and collecting Social Security and getting Medicare ] increasingly hold up Ayn Rand as their guru. Sales of her books have soared in the past couple of years; one poll ranked “Atlas Shrugged” as the second most influential book of the 20th century, after The Bible.
So what, and who, was Ayn Rand for and against? The best way to get to the bottom of it is to take a look at how she developed the superhero of her novel, "Atlas Shrugged", John Galt. Back in the late 1920s, as Ayn Rand was working out her philosophy, she became enthralled by a real-life American serial killer, William Edward Hickman, whose gruesome, sadistic dismemberment of 12-year-old girl named Marion Parker in 1927 shocked the nation. Ayn Rand filled her early notebooks with worshipful praise of Hickman. Rand was so smitten by Hickman that she modeled her first literary creation — Danny Renahan, the protagonist of her unfinished first novel, "The Little Street" — on Hickman, the serial killer.
What did Ayn Rand admire so much about Hickman? His sociopathic qualities: “Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should,” she wrote, gushing that Hickman had “no regard whatsoever for all that society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. He has the true, innate psychology of a Superman. He can never realize and feel ‘other people.’”
This echoes almost word for word Ayn Rand’s later description of her character Howard Roark, the hero of her novel "The Fountainhead": “He was born without the ability to consider others.”
("The Fountainhead" is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s favorite book — he even makes his clerks learn it, much as Vice President-to-be Paul Ryan tried making his interns read Ayn Rand.)
I’ll get to where Rand picked up her silly Superman blather from later — but first, let’s meet William Edward Hickman, according to Ayn Rand, the “genuinely beautiful soul” and inspiration to Ayn Rand. What you will read below — the real story, details included, of what made Hickman a “Superman” in Ayn Rand’s eyes — is rather gory reading, even if you’re a longtime fan of true crime “Death Porn” — so prepare yourself.
Ayn Rand fell for William Edward Hickman in the late 1920s, as the shocking story of Hickman’s crime started to grip the nation. His crime, trial and case was a non-stop headline grabber for months. Ayn Rand joined the herd of Hickman groupies, and there were lots of them at the time—much like serial killer groupies today, the types who write letters to imprisoned serial killers. That’s Ayn Rand. Here, for example, is an old newspaper clipping showing how common it was for the growing legions of reactionary morons of the late 1920′s to sign up for the William Edward Hickman Fan Club:
Is serial killer William Edward Hickman (left) opening one of Ayn Rand’s fangirl letters?
Hickman, who was only 19 when he was arrested for murder, was the son of a paranoid-schizophrenic mother and grandmother. His schoolmates said that as a kid Hickman liked to strangle cats and snap the necks of chickens for fun — most of the kids thought he was a budding maniac, though the adults gave him good marks for behavior, a typical sign of sociopathic cunning. He enrolled in college but quickly dropped out, and quickly turned to violent crime largely driven by the thrill and arrogance typical of sociopaths: in a brief and wild crime spree that grew increasingly violent, Hickman knocked over dozens of gas stations and drug stores across the Midwest and west to California. Along the way it’s believed he strangled a girl in Milwaukee, and killed his crime partner’s grandfather in Pasadena, tossing his body over a bridge after taking his money. Hickman’s partner later told police that Hickman told him how much he’d like to kill and dismember a victim someday — and that day did come for Hickman.
One afternoon, Hickman drove up to Mount Vernon Junior High school in Los Angeles, and told administrators that he’d come to pick up “the Parker girl” — her father, Perry Parker, was a prominent banker. Hickman didn’t know the girl’s first name, so when he was asked which of the two Parker twins — Hickman answered, “the younger daughter.” And then he corrected himself: “The smaller one.” The school administrator fetched young Marion Parker, and brought her out to Hickman. No one suspected his motive; Marion obediently followed Hickman to his car as she was told, where he promptly kidnapped her. He wrote a ransom note to Marion’s father, demanding $1,500 for her return, promising that the girl would be left unharmed. Hickman’s extreme narcissism comes through in his ransom letters, as he refers to himself as a “master mind [sic]” and “not a common crook.” Hickman signed his letters “The Fox” because he admired his own cunning: “Fox is my name, very sly you know.” And then he threatened: “Get this straight. Your daughter’s life hangs by a thread.”
Hickman and the girl’s father exchanged letters over the next few days as they arranged the terms of the ransom. Hickman’s last ransom note to Marion’s father is where this story reaches its disturbing apex: Hickman fills the letter with hurt anger over her father’s suggestion that Hickman might deceive him, and “ask you for your $1500 for a lifeless mass of flesh I am base and low but won’t stoop to that depth.” What Hickman didn’t say was that as he wrote the letter, Marion was already several chopped-up lifeless masses of flesh. Why taunt the father? Why feign outrage? This sort of bizarre taunting was all part of the serial killer’s thrill, maximizing the sadistic pleasure he got from knowing that he was deceiving the father before the father even knew what happened to his daughter. But this was nothing compared to the thrill Hickman got from murdering the helpless 12-year-old Marion Parker. Here is an old newspaper description of the murder, taken from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on December 27, 1927:
“It was while I was fixing the blindfold that the urge to murder came upon me,” he continued, “and I just couldn’t help myself. I got a towel and stepped up behind Marian. Then before she could move, I put it around her neck and twisted it tightly. I held on and she made no outcry except to gurgle. I held on for about two minutes, I guess, and then I let go. When I cut loose the fastenings, she fell to the floor. I knew she was dead. Well, after she was dead I carried her body into the bathroom and undressed her, all but the underwear, and cut a hole in her throat with a pocket knife to let the blood out.”
Then he took a pocket knife and cut a hole in her throat. Then he cut off each arm to the elbow. Then he cut her legs off at the knees. He put the limbs in a cabinet. He cut up the body in his room at the Bellevue Arms Apartments. Then he removed the clothing and cut the body through at the waist. He put it on a shelf in the dressing room. He placed a towel in the body to drain the blood. He wrapped up the exposed ends of the arms and waist with paper. He combed back her hair, powdered her face and then with a needle fixed her eyelids. He did this because he realized that he would lose the reward if he did not have the body to produce to her father.
Hickman packed her body, limbs and entrails into a car, and drove to the drop-off point to pick up his ransom; along his way he tossed out wrapped-up limbs and innards scattering them around Los Angeles. When he arrived at the meeting point, Hickman pulled Marion’s head and torso out of a suitcase and propped her up, her torso wrapped tightly, to look like she was alive–he sewed wires into her eyelids to keep them open, so that she’d appear to be awake and alive. When Marion’s father arrived, Hickman pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him, showed Marion’s head with the eyes sewn open (it would have been hard to see for certain that she was dead), and then took the ransom money and sped away. As he sped away, he threw Marion’s head and torso out of the car, and that’s when the father ran up and saw his daughter–and screamed.
This is the “amazing picture” Ayn Rand — guru to the Republican/Tea Party right-wing — admired when she wrote in her notebook that Hickman represented “the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatsoever for all that a society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. A man who really stands alone, in action and in soul. Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should.”
Other people don’t exist for Ayn, either. Part of her ideas are nothing more than a ditzy dilettante’s bastardized Nietzsche — but even this was plagiarized from the same pulp newspaper accounts of the time. According to an LA Times article in late December 1927, headlined “Behavioralism Gets The Blame,” a pastor and others close to the Hickman case denounce the cheap trendy Nietzschean ideas that Hickman and others latch onto as a defense:
“Behavioristic philosophic teachings of eminent philosophers such as Nietzsche and Schopenhauer have built the foundation for William Edward Hickman’s original rebellion against society…” the article begins.
Rand denounced the hanging as, “The mob’s murderous desire to revenge its hurt vanity against the man who dared to be alone.” [What kind of a f'cking NUT was this bitch?]
The fear that some felt at the time was that these philosophers’ dangerous, yet nuanced ideas would fall into the hands of lesser minds, who would bastardize Nietzsche and Schopenhauer and poison the rest of us. Which aptly fits the description of Ayn Rand, whose philosophy developed out of her admiration for “Supermen” like Hickman. Ayn Rand’s philosophy can be summed up by the title of one of her best-known books: "The Virtue of Selfishness". She argues that all selfishness is a moral good, and all altruism is a moral evil, even “moral cannibalism” to use her words. To her, those who aren’t like-minded sociopaths are “parasites” and “lice” and “looters.” [Thank God the bitch was never a mother. She'd have seen her child as a weak parasite.]
But with Ayn Rand, there’s something more pathological at work. She’s out to make the world more sociopath-friendly so that people like Ayn and her hero William Hickman can reach their full potential, not held back by the morality of the “weak,” whom Rand despised. [She also despised Christianity, but the "too stupid to live" Evangelicals don't realize that as they worship her fanboy Paul Ryan.]
That’s what makes it so creepy how Ayn Rand and her followers clearly get off on hating and bashing those they perceived as weak–Rand and her followers have a kind of fetish for classifying weaker, poorer people as “parasites” and “lice” who need to be swept away. This is exactly the sort of sadism, bashing the helpless for kicks, that Rand’s hero Hickman would have appreciated. What’s really unsettling is that even former Central Bank chief Alan Greenspan, whose relationship with Rand dated back to the 1950s, did some parasite-bashing of his own. In response to a 1957New York Times book review slamming "Atlas Shrugged", Greenspan, defending his mentor, published a letter to the editor that ends:
"Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should." Alan Greenspan
[Yet Greenspan was shocked that he didn't consider the element of "greed" after Wall Street ROBBED people's money by gambling with it and losing it, ROBBED their money and then had the parasitic gall to ask for our tax dollars for bail outs. These people should be hung and shown on international TV. ALL their money should be confiscated and given back to those whom they robbed - the rest put back into our tax base as credit.]
As much as Ayn Rand detested human “parasites,” there is one thing she strongly believed in: creating conditions that increase the productivity of her Supermen – the William Hickmans who rule her idealized America: “If [people] place such things as friendship and family ties above their own productive work, yes, then they are immoral. Friendship, family life and human relationships are not primary in a man’s life. A man who places others first, above his own creative work, is an emotional parasite.” [As said, thank God she was never a mother.]
[Note: What is amazing is that babies and children ARE helpless - and they need that altruistic love and care. Are they parasites? According to her definition, they definitely are. Ayn Rand also never bitched when she got Social Security and Medicare. This bitch regards as immoral everything that makes the human species HUMAN - Humans are social animals - it's that simple, it's a fact.]
Here is the Russian Bag Lady Who Blew Paul Ryan’s Mind - Actually she was Jewish, her real name was Alisa Rosenbaum. When she talks in interviews, her eyes constantly shift back and forth, she can't look the person interviewing her in the eye at all.
And yet Republican faithful like GOP Congressman Paul Ryan read Ayn Rand and declares, with pride, “Rand makes the best case for the morality of democratic capitalism.” Indeed. Except that Ayn Rand also despised democracy, as she declared: “Democracy, in short, is a form of collectivism, which denies individual rights: the majority can do whatever it wants with no restrictions. In principle, the democratic government is all-powerful. Democracy is a totalitarian manifestation; it is not a form of freedom.”
“Collectivism” is another one of those Randian epithets popular among her followers. Here for example is another Republican member of Congress, the one with the freaky thousand-yard-stare, Michelle Bachman, parroting the Ayn Rand ideological line, to explain her reasoning for wanting to kill social programs:
“As much as the collectivist says to each according to his ability to each according to his need, that’s not how mankind is wired. They want to make the best possible deal for themselves.”
[Note: Collectivists do not say that. Hard Line Communists say that "to each according to his ability to each according to his need." You can't have pro Ayn Rand self-serving philosophy if you are against those that do things that serve their own interests! Heh. That's one reason there, the contradiction, that Ayn Rand is a moron. She never understood that HER needs might be opposed to MY needs.]
Whenever you hear politicians or Tea Party people [imo, they were co-opted, taken over and are now deluded ] dividing up the world between “producers” and “collectivism,” just know that those ideas and words more likely than not are derived from the deranged mind of a serial-killer groupie. When you hear them threaten to “Go John Galt,” hide your daughters and tell them not to talk to any strangers — or Tea Party Republicans. And when you see them taking their razor blades to the last remaining programs protecting the middle class from total abject destitution — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — and brag about their plans to slash them for “moral” reasons, just remember Ayn’s morality and who inspired her.
Too many critics of Ayn Rand would rather dismiss her books and ideas as laughable, childish, hackneyed, lame, embarrassing–”Nietzsche for sorority girls” was how I used to dismiss her. I did that with the Christian Right, like a lot of people who didn’t want to take on something as big, bland and impervious as them. Too many of us focused elsewhere–until it was too late and the Christian fundamentalist crazies took over America. [These people are the American Taliban - no offence to Muslims meant.] So this time I’m paying more attention–late as usual, but maybe there’s still time to head off the worst that’s yet to come–because Ayn Rand’s name keeps foaming out of the mouths of the Tea Party crowd and the elite conservative circuit in Washington. Ayn Rand is the guru, and they are the “Rand Family” followers carrying out her vision. \
The only way to protect ourselves from this thinking is the way you protect yourself from serial killers: smoke the Ayn Rand followers out, make them answer for following the crazed ideology of a serial-killer-groupie, and run them the hell out of town and out of our hemisphere.
[Note: She was one f'cked up groupie of a serial killer, she was also the epitome of everything she claimed she despised. Of course Paul Ryan tried to put in the "let women die" legislation (no abortions in hospitals, even if the woman's life is in danger), and laws giving rapists rights if their victims get pregnant, or saying it's not really rape if a woman gets pregnant. Of course he did, the little bug-eyed shitling who perpetually has a look on his face like he's trying to take a crap. His own guru idolized a serial killer. Indeed: THESE PEOPLE ARE TOO STUPID TO LIVE. FORGET ABOUT LETTING THEM RULE OUR COUNTRY!]
Perhaps those against these bastards need to take a more serious look at THIS. Let Nechaev speak, though at least I'm saying that tongue in cheek. These crazies do need to be run out of town - for good.
This article first appeared in Alternet.
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