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Forum Post: Tom Friedman, Carrying the Ayn Rand Tourch on the Net

Posted 11 months ago on July 30, 2013, 2:30 p.m. EST by shooz (17944)
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Here's the story of one of the latest adherent to Ms. Rand objectivst destruction.

"If Thomas Friedman didn't exist, America's high-tech entrepreneurs would have had to invent him. Come to think of it, maybe they did. The dark science-fiction vision he celebrates serves them well, at pretty much everyone else's expense.

Friedman's vision is worth studying, if only because it reflects the distorted perspective of some very wealthy and influential people. In their world the problems of the many are as easily fixed as a line of code, with no sacrifice required of them or their fellow billionaires. "

http://www.alternet.org/media/why-tom-friedman-new-ayn-rand-our-dark-digital-future

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17440) 11 months ago

According to Thomas Friedman, tens of millions of un- and under-employed Americans can "earn a good living online by building their own branded reputations." (That's right: He went there. He said "branded reputation.") Using websites like Airbnb, Friedman suggests, they can rent out "their kids' rooms, their cars or their power tools."

Friedman seems unaware that millions of Americans don't have kids' rooms. (Lots of people don't have cars or power tools, either.) He might be astonished to learn that even in New York City, where he is professionally based, nearly half the population is considered either "poor" or "near poor." Those who live in ghettoes or other concentrations of minority poverty don't seem to exist for him.


They don't exist because they don't qualify. It's intentional.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17944) 11 months ago

I wondered how many rooms he's rented out in his own home?

So, don't loan your neighbor a rake....charge them for it!!

I wonder what his auto insurance corporations feels about him "renting" his car out on Craigs List.......to whoever.

Could we "brand" his reputation as Randian douche?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17440) 11 months ago

That is what he is. You have to qualify in order to be included in his version of society.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17944) 11 months ago

And this is why I feel that anyone who defends, or attempts to minimize Randianism, is an idiot in my book.

the fucking shit, is still growing.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17440) 11 months ago

It's the underground economy they are in favor of. A return to feudalism.

[-] 0 points by shooz (17944) 11 months ago

Neofeudalism.

New and improved, now with internet access.

(some charges and limits, may apply)

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17440) 11 months ago

The same thing is very true with msm. The news is geared towards a specific audience. It isn't designed for those people that would be classified as working class.

The problem is that part of that group has grown smaller. This is why I often ask.......who is your target audience? Who the hell are you talking to? Or, who the hell are you lying to?