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Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul
Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul

David Pabian, March 27, 2012

I've yet to read this book, but I'll definitely be getting it, since it's not the Rand lemmings propaganda. I hope Weiss makes the obvious point that Rand was an example, still seen today in many U.S. immigrants from repressive regimes, of bitter resentment toward what she left behind and a complete intellectual incomprehension of the system in her adopted country. Tacking a foreign mindset on her new situation and not understanding the many subtle differences of the two systems, she could only rail against Soviet corruption through a very SUBjective prism. Her silly ideas are absurd because they're stuck in the 19th century European concept of capitalism and are totally outmoded, if not insane, in the 21st century. Her philosophy and novels appeal strongly to teenaged girls, as her works are centered, as she was, on the fantasy of not being a complete woman until getting raped by a big strong American He-man (I'm not making this up - read "Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged"). The tragedy is when anyone who isn't a teenaged girl still thinks her bubble-headed, drug and alcohol-addled fury actually amounts to a philosophy. Most of us now know that Alan Greenspan is pretty much of an idiot - but some of us knew it years ago when we first saw the photograph of him literally sitting at Rand's knees. His economic stupidity brought the U.S. to its knees, and it'll be some time before we stand again. One has to be pretty weak-minded to find just about anything Rand ever said or did a positive influence, or even adult thought. She was basically just a pathetic, envious bitter old junkie. We'll see if Weiss is up to the task of revealing the real rand.
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The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder by Vincent Bugliosi
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

David Pabian, May 24, 2008

I had seen a pre-published version of this book and will now be buying it, as anyone with a sense of morality, ethics or patriotism MUST support its message, its conclusion and its brave author. I have all of Bugliosi's books, as he's one of the very few non-cowards writing in America today. He makes his case here, and to any rational mind (as opposed to the majority of the U.S. decision makers who pander to the marketplace of uninformed emotionalism), his conclusion is the only one possible or permissible in any civilized society — which we in the U.S.A. (I don't say America, as Canada and the south Americas are generally more informed than we are on political matters), are every day becoming less qualified to call ourselves. This is an amazing book, full of unemotional wisdom, truth and common sense, and cannot be ignored by anyone interested in or passionate about the U.S. government.
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