Bad science fiction writing does not a theory of economics make

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

From Paul Krugman's blog post Rule by the Ridiculous – NYTimes.com, this tidbit:

Rep. Paul Ryan requires that his staffers read Atlas Shrugged. I mean, I was inspired by Isaac Asimov, but I don’t think I’m Hari Seldon — whereas Ryan, it seems, really does think he’s John Galt.Time to bring out the classic quote:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Future historians will giggle at our expense.

0 responses to “Bad science fiction writing does not a theory of economics make

  1. I don’t think you can properly blame corporatism on Ayn Rand. Of course I probably use a different definition of corporatism than you do.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/04/ron-paul-president-obama-is-not-a-socialst.php

  2. “Bad science fiction writing does not a theory of economics make”

    And a theory of economics does not a political system make.

    It didn’t work with Marxism, and it isn’t working with the Randian corporatopia being pushed by the Rs.

    Politics is about people, and people aren’t completely selfless (which would be necessary for Marxism to work as the basis for a political system) nor are they completely selfish (Randism’s failure).