Posted on | July 17, 2012 | 24 Comments
Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is in many ways too radical — with dangerous overtones of Nietzsche — but clearly enunciates certain basic insights. In one of her characters’ monologues, Rand expresses the fundamental problem with the Marxist maxim, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
What’s wrong with that? It turns “need” into a virtue, a permanent license to take from others, and makes ability a burden.
The resemblance between Marxism and modern liberalism is a subject that conservatives aren’t supposed to mention, nor are we supposed to notice that the Left values loyalty to its agenda over competence or virtue. Warner Todd Huston reminds us how this works:
Proving that no misdeed goes unrewarded on the left, reports have it that once Microsoft and NBC News break up housekeeping and put an end to MSNBC.com in its current form, the resulting new Internet outlet will be getting a new chief. And that new chief will be none other than Vivian Schiller, the disgraced former head of National Public Radio (NPR).
You may remember Vivian Schiller for her bungled firing of the NPR commentator Juan Williams back in 2010.
As a loyal leftist, Schiller can only fail upward, just as Anthony Weiner’s disgrace cannot disqualify him from aspiring to disgrace Democrats in some new office, and Ted Kennedy . . .
Not content to reward failure and celebrate vice, however, the Left’s perverse beliefs require them also to mock virtue and punish success:
Barack Obama wants us to live in an America of his imagining — a magical land of perfect equality where the laws of economics and human nature do not apply, where everyone gets his own unicorn and the only ones who have to pay are the mythical “rich,” who toil endlessly to provide for us all without complaint. . . .