The Conservative vision of people not like themselves

George Will, writing about a tea party candidate, wrote the following:

“Noting that Massachusetts “is requiring insurance companies to write polices at a loss,” he says, “We’re living it,” referring to the novel’s dystopian world in which society’s producers are weighed down by parasitic non-producers.

From 2000 through 2008, sales of “Atlas Shrugged,” which was published in 1957, averaged a remarkable 166,000 a year. Since Barack Obama took office, more than 600,000 copies have been sold. The novel’s famous opening words — “Who is John Galt?” — refer to a creative capitalist, Rand’s symbol of society’s self-sufficient people who, weary of carrying on their shoulders the burden of dependent people, shrug. Ron Johnson would rather run.”

Noting that responses could not contain personal attacks, I didn’t send my response to him or to the blog of the newspaper (NYT). Here’s what I wrote:

“parasictic non-producers” and “dependent people”
That’s how conservatives see people not like themselves. Atlas Shrugged is a childish book with cardboard straw men, created by a mind like yours. Who will turn this country into a Latin-American cess pool? Not Charles Murray’s low-IQ types or your parasites, but people like you who see no value in people unless they are fetuses.

Yes, it is personal. Very.

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