Idaho Goes Galt?

BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.

When Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, asked Goedde why he chose that particular book, Goedde said to laughter, “That book made my son a Republican.”

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Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, questioned the choice of the book for a graduation requirement. “We have a wide variety of children who will be trying to graduate and reading and grasping some of these things, and their cultural context may be different,” she said.

Goedde responded, “I don’t plan on moving this forward – it was a statement.”

Nevertheless, as a formally introduced bill, the measure will be read across the desk in the Senate Wednesday morning and will receive a bill number; it will be among the bills posted on the Legislature’s website for the session and preserved in its records.

OK, it is not moving forward, but there it is.

“When I read Atlas Shrugged, and it’s been probably 30 years since I read it, but it certainly gives one a sense of personal responsibility,” Goedde said.

Like the personal responsibility to introduce legislation you have no intention of moving forward, wasting everyone’s time and money for your own personal vendettas? Congratulations, sir, you have learned the true essence of Atlas Shrugged: Fuck you, I got mine. What an assrocket.

(Spokesman-Review)

0 thoughts on “Idaho Goes Galt?

  1. There were many of us who read this (or part of it) in our younger years…and we learned from it.
    We learned that greed & power and the lack of any compassion or caring about others…was absolutely wrong.
    We also learned about bad writing. Later we would learn what a complete hypocrite the self-indulgent author was.
    Apparently some people either never learned…or they saw the opportunity to use this to indoctrinate the fearful & incurious.

  2. I think they should require reading the legend of Robin Hood. Compare and contrast the hero Robin Hood to the hero John Galt. (Remember, Robin Hood gets the girl)

  3. Eddie Willers represents the common man in Rand’s book and philosophical worldview. And it clearly shows that Rand views the mass of humanity as dogs; hard-working, enduring, and loyal creatures but not possessing many other positive traits and with the ability to be turned to good or evil by how they are treated. Dagny Taggart was obviously Ayn Rand herself.

    And how does Dagny (Rand) treat her loyal assistant, the common man, as the “evil” society crumbles? She leaves him to fucking die on the train tracks! Because that is what Objectivism holds the mass of humanity is nothing and the few brilliant beautiful people are everything. And even amongst the select few there exist a pecking order. Amongst the elect there are some even more Objectively Superior and those people need to be allowed special privileges.

    A majority of the reason Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged was because of her desire to justify her sexual mores and proclivities. She had to “wrap it” in the aura of her Philosophical Magisterium as part of the Whole Objectivist Truth.

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