Mark McHugh

Helping Matt Taibbi Understand

In Open Thread on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm
From The Breakfast Club:
Brian: …I’ll take shop, it’ll be such an easy way to maintain my grade point average.
Bender: Why’d you think it’d be easy?
Brian: Have you seen some of the dopes that take shop?
Bender: I take shop. You must be a fuckin’ idiot!
Brian: I’m a fuckin’ idiot because I can’t make a lamp?
Bender: No, you’re a genius because you can’t make a lamp.
Brian: What do you know about Trigonometry?
Bender: I could care less about Trigonometry.
Brian: Bender, did you know without Trigonometry there’d be no engineering?
Bender: Without lamps, there’d be no light


Matt Taibbi is fun to read, but I often find his logic “pitchy.”  His latest article for the guardian (a UK publication) concerns me because he’s ordained himself to explain America to outsiders, but his logic is deeply flawed (and that’s being kind).   From the article:


When Britain and other countries were engulfed in the flood of defaults and derivative losses that emerged from the collapse of the American housing bubble two years ago, few people understood that the crash had its roots in the lunatic greed-centered objectivist religion, fostered back in the 50s and 60s by ponderous emigre novelist Ayn Rand.

While, outside of America, Russian-born Rand is probably best known for being the unfunniest person western civilisation has seen since maybe Goebbels or Jack the Ripper (63 out of 100 colobus monkeys recently forced to read Atlas Shrugged in a laboratory setting died of boredom-induced aneurysms), in America Rand is upheld as an intellectual giant of limitless wisdom. Here in the States, her ideas are roundly worshipped even by people who’ve never read her books oreven heard of her. The rightwing “Tea Party” movement is just one example of an entire demographic that has been inspired to mass protest by Rand without even knowing it.

Really?  You think this crusty, amphetamine-addicted  hag is guiding America from beyond the grave?

(there’s supposed to be a youtube video embedded here, but I noticed it’s not displaying most of the time [good work, wordpress] so here is the link:


Here’s the thing, Matt:

The only thing Rand ever did was figure out that you could sell scads of books by validating the anti-social leanings of self-important dickheads, dweebs, nerds, misfits, sociopaths and losers.  It was genius.  She whispered, “you’re special” into the ears of people who weren’t and they returned her reassurance with worship, but make no mistake, these kids were fucked in the head long before they picked up The Fountainhead.  Brian from The Breakfast Club  will soon believe he’s John Galt incarnate, despite not being able to make a lamp.

Matt Taibbi should understand this.  Of Sarah Palin, he wrote:

And here’s the really scary part: it worked. Palin’s paranoid ramblings and self-pitying tantrums on the way out of office not only didn’t injure her chances for national office, they actually appeared to help, as polls taken in the week after her resignation showed that 71% of Republicans were now prepared to vote for her for president in 2012. Just as she had during the campaign last fall, Palin defied rational analysis by making a primal connection with the subterranean resentments of white middle America, which is apparently so pissed off now at the rest of the planet for not coddling its hurt feelings in the multicultural age that it is willing to embrace any politician who validates its insane sense of fucked-overness. 

Long before Sarah, there was Ayn, blurring the lines of  useful reality to already-aberrated minds.   Their popularity is symptomatic of a culture that allows certain egos to go unchecked; not leaders in any real sense.  It’s useful to me, because anyone who admires them has basically said, “Hi, I’m an emotionally retarded megalomaniac, who doesn’t really understand anything, other than I am more important than everyone else.”  While that may not be textbook sociopath, it’s an awesome start!

And there’s the real problem: sociopaths.  We’re up to our freakin’ eyeballs in ’em.  That’s what Matt should have told the guardian.



  1. Great post Mark, did you see my question about the loan mod. scams on your last post?

    Apparently BOA is deeply involved in it.

  2. I saw your question, but I’m not following the BOA story in particular. What I am hearing from people in the biz is that most all these mods are going to implode again, and the banks will end up with the property. The shenanigans you describe don’t surprise me in the least.

    I’ll tell you what though, “mortgage revolt” will put this country back on track a million times faster than “tax revolt”. The government is spending your money without collecting it just fine.

  3. JTS is working on something, he was telling me about it, watch for something from him on the bail. If what he says is true, they were designed to implode.

  4. Yeah, poor Matt goes all retard when it comes to “white middle America” and its sense of “fucked-overness.” I mean, where would they get such a crazy idea, anyway? Oh right. Them sociopaths you were talking about.

    Speaking of which, did you catch any of the Goldman testimony today? Some really funny moments. They came off looking really, really bad, especially since most people at home don’t know what clueless morons our senators are when it comes to finance.

    Back to Taibbi, it’s bizarre to watch left-liberals play intellectual historian. Even more bizarre, I think, than watching the idiot right do the same thing.

  5. Maybe Taibbi should talk to Barofsky. Check this:

    A Democrat named by a Republican president, Barofsky says missteps by both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations are to blame for TARP’s failures.

    “There’s a reason there are Tea Partiers out there, and when you look at it, anger at the bailout is one of the first things they talk about,” says Barofsky, referring to the anti- Obama political movement. “This Treasury Department and the previous Treasury Department bear some of the responsibility for not being straightforward with the American people.”

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