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An honest book review....

Lizard_of_Ahaz 9 June 25
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Ayn Rand was a proto-libertarian, a selfish, short-sighted mediocre author who ended up relying on government assistance in her later years She was egotistical, bigoted & narrow-minded. I liked Atlas Shrugged as a teen. I grew up.
@BD66 is, as usual, mis-informed & only half aware of world & social history.

phxbillcee Level 10 June 26, 2021

Dorothy Parker was one of the leading intellectuals & greatest wits of this time period. Many leaned towards Communism as it 'seemed' a viable alternative to the rampant oligarchy/fascist state growing here. Today they, especially as the horrors of the Russian State became known, & the fiasco in China under Mao, likely would lean more Progressive/Democratic Socialist, or something to that effect. (I myself am "something to that effect', I guess. I don't like labels, but know what I believe & where I'd like our Country to head to actually become that "Shining City on the Hill" ).

BD can throw labels around all he likes, especially as he doesn't really seem to know what they mean or represent. If he, like Ann Coulter, supports McCarthy, well, he outs himself very clearly there. One of the most vile, dishonest & self-serving of our politicians, disowned by his own Party. (Something that the Repugs of today won't do with the worst of their Members or base.) Y'all have hitched your 'star' to tRump, dishonesty & lies. Live with it, if you can.

@phxbillcee BD66 isn't even half aware and McCarthy was also disowned by the state he represented not to mention being a drunk who made only one contribution to this country which was drinking himself to death at age 48... He, Nixon, Hoover and the entire Trump family are excellent arguments for abortion...


Perhaps this web site name should be changed to

She reported in 1937 on the Loyalist cause in Spain for the Communist magazine, 'The New Masses.'[48] At the behest of Otto Katz, a covert Soviet Comintern agent and operative of German Communist Party agent Willi Münzenberg, Parker helped to found the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League in 1936, which the FBI suspected of being a Communist Party front.[49] The Hollywood Anti-Nazi League's membership eventually grew to some 4,000 strong. According to David Caute, its often wealthy members were "able to contribute as much to [Communist] Party funds as the whole American working class," although they may not have been intending to support the Party cause.[50]

Parker was listed as a Communist by the publication Red Channels in 1950.[54] The FBI compiled a 1,000-page dossier on her because of her suspected involvement in Communism during the era when Senator Joseph McCarthy was raising alarms about communists in government and Hollywood.[55] As a result, movie studio bosses placed her on the Hollywood blacklist.


BD66 Level 8 June 26, 2021

Or maybe you should be declared a Nazi sympathizer... Seems that way since you refer to the McCarthy era "Big Red Hunt" and we all know that McCarthy and Nixon were Nazis who were behind this movement even to the point of calling Eisenhower a "commie".... Then there was that prancing, dress wearing little Nazi bastard named Hoover who was compiling lists and dossiers on everyone committing acts of slander and blackmail.

@Lizard_of_Ahaz At least in the 1930's people could be Communists out of naiveté or ignorance. Ayn Rand was one of the few people to see the evils of Communism before she escaped from the Lenin/Stalin Communist Nightmare, and she tried to warn those in the West with her books like "We the Living" After Communism had 72 years (1917 to 1989) to fail so spectacularly, leading to the premature deaths of more than 100,000,000 people, there is no excuse for any rational person to embrace it and repeat the mistakes of the Dorothy Parkers of the 1930's.

@BD66 Ayn Rand was no different from any of today's Republican party... Selfish, entitled, and a failure who when faced with cancer decided to go on public assistance and Medicaid rather than pay for her own medical treatments and instead mooching off taxpayers instead...
If billionaires had any interest in living up to the fake idealism in her writings this country wouldn't be the mess it is today. Communism may not be a good system but it is a lot better than unregulated and unrestrained capitalism could ever be as that leads to fascism which is by far the worst possible system invented by mankind.


"Communism may not be a good system but it is a lot better than unregulated and unrestrained capitalism"

  1. 61,911,000 Murdered: The Soviet Gulag State - Communist
  2. 35,236,000 Murdered: The Communist Chinese Ant Hill - Communist
  3. 20,946,000 Murdered: The Nazi Genocide State - Socialist
  4. 10,214,000 Murdered: The Depraved Nationalist Regime - Gangster/Imperialist
  5. 5,964,000 Murdered: Japan's Savage Military -Imperialist
  6. 2,035,000 Murdered: The Khmer Rouge Hell State -Communist
  7. 1,883,000 Murdered: Turkey's Genocidal Purges -Imperialist
  8. 1,670,000 Murdered: The Vietnamese War State - Communist

I don't see any millions murdered by "unrestrained capitalism"

@BD66 Hitler was a fascist, Imperialism is fascism, the Japanese were fascists, Turkey is still a fascist state. Mostly all your list proves is you don't know your ass from a hole in the ground because you have been indoctrinated by fascism...

@Lizard_of_Ahaz None of those countries that you call fascist got that way from "unrestrained capitalism".

@BD66 Actually they did but you haven't studied either history or economics, you only listen to garbage from uneducated jackasses who are trying to destroy this country...
The 14 points of Fascism


@BD66 But knowing how intellectually lazy you are let's use the short form of those 14 points and just remind you as well that before Mao the Chinese were Nationalists (AKA fascists) and are once again returning to fascism...

@Lizard_of_Ahaz While I am no fan of Rand, and would not defend her, I doubt you ever read Atlas Shrugged.

@Alienbeing I used to buy and sell storage at auction and ran across several of her books. I tried to read one and after the first chapter I threw them all in the trash... Honestly it was only because I was worried that if I used them for toilet paper they would give me a rash. As far as I am concerned her writings made romance novels look like literature and those are just the same trash over and over.

@Lizard_of_Ahaz As I thought you didn't read it. At least you are honest about it.


Never heard of it or the reviewer.

FrayedBear Level 9 June 26, 2021

best advice I've seen on social media in days

My review would be...
"The only reason to pick this book out of a free book bin (or the trash for that matter) would be for its proper use as toilet paper..."

@Lizard_of_Ahaz OK - will accept that exception LMAO

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