It’s time to open Schrödinger’s box with Schrödinger’s Candidate Rand Paul! Today we get to see his unique perspective on the most sacred of all Libertarian beliefs: property rights.
It doesn’t seem as if Republicans respect personal property of their benefactors, the American Corporation. Whether it is using unlicensed songs for their campaign themes (“Hey, Noot! How’s that Eye of the Tiger thing working for ya,” we asked in 2012), or today’s object-lesson, stealing the copyright, rebranding it as your own, and then reselling it at a higher price point.
“We learned that the Rand Paul campaign had been selling Ray-Ban sunglasses imprinted with the “Rand” logo without our consent,” Jane Lehman, who handles corporate media at Luxottica, Ray-Ban’s public relations firm, wrote in an email to The Hill.
So let me get this right: a sitting US Senator took someone else’s product, stamped his own logo on it, and then sold it on his website?
“One picture on Paul’s website showed President John F. Kennedy wearing the iconic glasses atop his head next to a picture of Paul with a similar pair of glasses.”
“I can hear Senator Bentsen now, ‘I knew Jack Kennedy and you’re no Jack Kennedy,’ ” a caption on the site said. “Well, you and I may not be Jack Kennedy, but Rand likes Raybans and now we can all own Rand branded Raybans.”
“$150 is more than you might normally pay for sunglasses, but these are Raybans and even more, they are indelibly marked with the Rand Brand … and as always, it’s a contribution to the Rand Paul for President campaign,” the site said.”
If you or I did that I think we’d be in the sneezer for piracy. But still seems strange for an Ayn Rand Fanboi to be mooching off of someone else’s work.