Rand Paul, Ayn Rand, the ‘Collective’ and Light Bulb Tyranny (Video)
April 12, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) invoked the spirit of Ayn Rand, the libertarian’s favorite prophet of extreme laissez-faire capitalism, to make his case for light bulb freedoms. The right-wing has become hysterical over a non-existent tyrannical ban on incandescent light bulbs. Paul took his libertarian light bulb choice crusade to ridiculous lengths during a panel hearing today, comparing the federal government to a dystopian “collective” intent on crushing individual light bulb freedoms. Paul told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that energy efficient light bulbs should be voluntary “to make them consistent with a free society.” What a nut.
Rand Paul, the radical libertarian who believes private property owners should have the freedom to operate segregated lunch counters, suggested that the Energy Independence and Security Act, enacted in 2007 under the Bush administration, which sets standards for energy efficient light bulbs, would lead us down the path to a Communist anti-light bulb choice “collective.”
He compared the current light bulb tyranny to the plot in Ayn Rand’s novel “Anthem.”
PAUL: Ayn Rand wrote a novel, Anthem, back in the 50′s. And it’s a dystopian novel. In that novel, individual choice is banned, and the collective basically runs society. There’s a young man, and his name is Equality-72521. He’s an intelligent young man, but he is banned from achieving, or reaching any sort of occupation that might challenge him. He’s a street sweeper. Over time, he discovers a subway, and he rediscovers the incandescent light bulb. And he thinks, naively, that electricity and the brilliance of light would be an advantage for society, and that it would bring great new things as far as being able to see at night, and to read, and the advancement of civilization. Well, he takes it before the collective of elders, and they take the light bulb, and basically it’s crushed beneath the boot heel of the collective. The collective has no place, basically, for individual choice.
Paul added that “Now I’m not suggesting that this collective is against electricity per se, or for quashing individualism. But I am suggesting that we’re against choice.”
If this makes no sense to you, join the club.
By the way, Ayn Rand, despite penning cheesy novels against the evils of the “parasites,” and “moochers” of the welfare state, became a moocher herself in her later years. She accepted socialist Medicare and Social Security.
Watch Paul get glassy eyed when he mentions his hypocritical laissez-faire hero: