Wednesday, January 12, 2011

....and Loughner listed an Ayn Rand book as one of his favorites as well

Which argues against the idea that he was a leftist, and even suggests that he put the Communist Manifesto up as a favorite on YouTube either to be controversial or because he didn't like it. While folks have commented on the Manifesto and Mein Kampf being up there, few seem to have looked at the rest of the books on the YouTube channel:

"Books:I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver's Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno."

On top of "We the living", about a totalitarian state, he lists Animal Farm, and Brave New World, both of which are against dictatorships, as well as Fahrenheit 451, which of course is about control of the public. The latter three are of course liked by people across the political spectrum, even though Animal Farm was a direct comment on Soviet Russia, with Stalin and Trotsky being embodied in pig form.

I doubt that anyone on the Left would ever list Ayn Rand as an author of a favorite book, considering that all her vitriol was directed against the Left itself. Yet the listing doesn't seem to have been commented on. Neither, of course, is it pointed out that this is the same 'Rand' that congress member Rand Paul is named after, so pervasive are her ideas on the libertarian right.

Also listed is "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", which suggests that he also had ideas about how mental illness is constructed in the United States.

No comments: