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Monday, October 24, 2016

What if in 1980 Ayn Rand — the bestselling author and founder of the Objectivist philosophy that professes the virtues of selfishness — became an advice columnist?

Former Daily Show contributor John Hodgman explored this theme in the pages of The New Yorker, and in the video above, he performs the columns hilariously — complete with a musical interlude.

Watch the whole video to get to Ms. Rand’s prophecy of how the Republican Party would become captured by her devotion to avarice:

Because Ronald Reagan has deposed Jimmy Carter, and I predict that by 2013 my influence will be profound, and a new generation of leaders will hallow my name, and devotion to self-interest and capitalism and the free market will not be the exception but the rule, and these leaders will naturally share my disapproval of religion, my support of abortion rights, and my love of Godiva chocolates. I have to stop writing now, because I have chewed through my typewriter.

Here’s a fun fact: Rand actually despised Reagan.

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  • Independent1

    Although I definitely don’t agree with Rand’s selfishness philosophy, we may have agreed on one thing; that Ronald Reagan was without question the worst president in American history. Although there may have been other presidents who were more corrupt and caused more damage to our country during their terms as president; Reagan’s destructive legacy has already lived for 30 plus years with the destruction he wrought back in the 1980s continuing to plague America with no end to the destruction he started in sight.

    And the entire premise in Rand’s thought that she could capture the adoration of the GOP, has really somewhat come to pass with the principles being espoused today by a number of asperants for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination – probably no more so than Paul Ryan – so her prophecy was really not that far off. And who would think that conservatives who often speak out with such hatred for Russia, would latch onto the political theories of a Russian born woman who didn’t migrate to America until she was 21 and probably developed most of the political beliefs she espoused
    from her time in Russia.

    • daniel bostdorf

      Ayn Rand is the Devil’s Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and a few others wrapped up in the same level of sin Dante wrote about.

      • Independent1

        It’s really telling when Evangelicals, Catholics and others will put their support behind a party who has so many supposed leaders who idolize someone as outright sinful as Ayn Rand was; it only goes to show just how persuasive and sinful the Devil himself can be to lead not only the lay people but even the leaders of churches toward damnation.

        • jointerjohn

          The message of Ayn Rand is completely 180 degrees day/night opposite of the message of Jesus of Nazareth. When people like Paul Ryan claim to be followers of both it simply indicates to me that they are either liars or so simple minded they don’t even know what they believe. In Ryan’s case the evidence suggests both.

    • martykayzee

      The only thing nice you can say about her is that she was an outspoken atheist.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Reagan had a similar problem that George W. Bush had. I am not usually sympathetic to either, but in this case I am offering a weak defense. Even though both preached “Trust, but Verify”, neither practiced that when it came to their own advisers. They would accept anything told them by their people without question, resulting in bad decisions that adversely effected the country.

      • Independent1

        Bush was no bright light (he graduated from Yale with middle C grades); and he was also a pathological liar, so he could have been misled; and maybe allowing himself to be the keynote speaker at a recent rally for the cult leader in Texas who believes God put Hitler on earth to chase the Jews back to Isreal is an indication of just how gullible he can be to be swayed by such obvious nonsense.
        But Reagan espoused some very devious beliefs when he gave speeches supporting Nixon’s run for the presidency; and he was bounced from being head of the Screen Actors’ Guild when they found out how much he hated unions; and even as governor of CA he more than doubled CA’s debt while governor. Admittedly, he may have been in the first phases of Alzheimers even when he was 1st elected so there could have been some infuence there but I still think he was a very devious person who could hoodwink millions because of his acting experience.

  • daniel bostdorf

    For me….the video is not funny. At any level. the article is a trite piece of frivilous journalism disguised as humor. There is absolutely NOTHING funny about anything Any Rand stood for….The only parallel I can think about for this satire is the bizarre “Springtime for Hitler in Germany” by Mel Brooks…you see—I am not a fan of holocaust humor or this video.

    and what is more frightening is that Rand’s philosphy has guided GOP politics since Reagan…

    It has taken me a bit of time to suppress the revulsion I have for Any Rand. I could write dozens of paragraphs based upon my unfortunate digestion of her poison via her works…

    I simply feel that before anyone draws any conclusions about Rand, you have to read as many of her works as you can stomach….I grew up with this demon named Ayn Rand…and had a humanities teacher that introduced me to this psychopath in the early 1970’s.

    I simply must allow other “neutral” writers analysis to speak. They are far more lucid and free from the raw disgust I have of rand. Which means that I would get banned from this site if I write. (some of you wish for this I know)

    i encourage you to first read the article titled: Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them: At least she put up a fight before succumbing to the imperatives of the real world. This article is what I could never write.,_but_grabbed_social_security_and_medicare_when_she_needed_them

    And here….the definitive site that houses the collective disgust against Rand.

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