Rand Paul devoted some time during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing to summarizing Anthem, a short novella written by Ayn Rand, one of the twentieth century’s worst authors and a tyrant to almost everybody around her. Anthem is a vastly inferior plagiarization of an earlier work, We, written by Russian Author Yevgeny Zamyatin in 1921. Despite the fact that Rand’s Objectivist theories are mostly unworkable fantasy that, if actually followed to the extremes with which she preached them, would result in mass extinction or absolute global monarchy she continues to inspire generations of zombie followers seeking justification for a morally and intellectually bankrupt faith in selfishness and general misanthropy. A commenter on Gawker offered a nice parody of Randian fiction:
“In my novel, Crapfest, the hero discovers an abandoned mine and, in it, a rich vein of coal. He finds all the unemployed men he can and promises them a $1/day to dig as much coal out of the ground in the fastest way possible. When one of the miners complains, the hero has him taken out and beaten by the other miners who don’t want to risk losing their $1/day wage. Soon enough, the unsafe conditions in the mine lead to the inevitable and the mine collapses on the men, crushing half of them and burying the other half alive. The hero goes to the next town and opens up another mine, knowing that his campaign contributions to Rand Paul mean that he’ll never have to care about the health and safety of the people to whom he pays $1/day and that his interests will always come before those of his workers.
See in my novel, which is more of a non-fantasy treatment of economic reality, what gets crushed isn’t a light bulb (is that really her metaphor for a fucking idea? really?). It’s people.”
For an enlightening and well written critique of Rand and the carnage her philosophical ideals continue to spawn, check out this article via GQ http://www.gq.com/entertainment/books/200911/ayn-rand-dick-books-fountainhead.
But anyway, the point of this post is to list a few dystopian works that Rand Paul, should a) read and b) are far better discussions about the loss of individual choice:
The Giver, Brave New World, 1984, Never Let Me Go, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Iron Heel, We (as already mentioned), The Chrysalids, Fahrenheit 451, Stand on Zanzibar, The Lottery, Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment, The Pedestrian, One, This Perfect Day, Battle Royale, A Scanner Darkly, A Clockwork Orange, V for Vendetta, Teg’s 1994: An Anticipation of the Near Future.