[FoRK] The Looter's War on Selfishness
sdw at lig.net
Mon Mar 23 11:36:42 PDT 2009
geege schuman wrote:
>> Can *Atlas Shrugged* and Ayn Rand be added to Godwin's Law, please?
You'd have to add socialism first, but that's still an active
fear-mongering epithet from right to left.
Ayn's books aren't great, but they at least make some reasonable
points. Not that they can't be applied completely unreasonably.
Completely different from invoking Godwin I think. In this case, the
reference is shorthand for a specific class of accusation. That
refuting it requires you to have read the books just makes the
conversation more fun. ;-) The alternative is a long-winded accusation
that describes the idea being referenced. Well, I suppose 'socialism'
would come reasonably close, however that doesn't cover the path. Atlas
Shrugged specifically depicts US capitalist -> recession -> depression
-> "looting" -> socialism -> the Big Shrug.
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