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Thursday, January 06, 2005
  God Damn the National Review
I just finished reading one of the most disgusting smear jobs I've come across. What makes it worse, is that this piece of filth is nearly 50 years old, and has been exhumed, as if the rotting stench it emanates will not be noticed. I'm referring to Whittaker Chambers book review of Atlas Shrugged, Big Sister Is Watching You. I don't know whether this is a coincidence, or whether the National Review has deliberately dug this out to re-smear Ayn Rand while ARI has garnered attention for the press release on the asian tsunami. Either way, the review is atrocious, and it is unforgivable and detestable that they have republished it.

I had to laugh though, when I read the following:
Out of a lifetime of reading, I can recall no other book in which a tone of overriding arrogance was so implacably sustained. Its shrillness is without reprieve. Its dogmatism is without appeal. In addition, the mind which finds this tone natural to it shares other characteristics of its type. 1) It consistently mistakes raw force for strength, and the rawer the force, the more reverent the posture of the mind before it. 2) It supposes itself to be the bringer of a final revelation. Therefore, resistance to the Message cannot be tolerated because disagreement can never be merely honest, prudent, or just humanly fallible. Dissent from revelation so final (because, the author would say, so reasonable) can only be willfully wicked.
To such a preposterous statement, the only proper response would be, "Have you read the bible?".
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:27 AM


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