2011-04-29

Randian Super Productivity Part 1

So one of teh primary tenets of Objectivism, at least as I understand it, is something to do with Productivity. How being Productive is some sort of Virtue and is representative of one's worth as a human being - hence the disdain for moochers and idolatry of the super-productive entrpreneurial Galtian übermenschen.

Here's an observation - teh self-financed Atlas Shrugged Part 1 film came in at $20 million to make. Revenues might be as much as one quarter of that.

Also self-financed, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog had a budget of $200,000, or 1% of what teh Galtian Ubermenschen burned through and at least as good revenues. Granted teh actors worked gratis, but by the time they had all been paid by DVD sales, total revenues were still way under $20 million. Atlas Shrugged Part 1 has so far raked in marginally higher box office reciepts than Clerks did, but Clerks was made for around $28,000. I'm not even going to mention Blair Witch.

6 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

and idolatry of the super-productive entrpreneurial Galtian übermenschen.


Such as the Walmart heirs, Steve Forbes, and the rest of the U.S.A.'s billionaires, most of whom also got their fortunes the old-fashioned way.
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Whale Chowder said...

Sadly, Dr. Horrible has gone Galt.

Substance McGravitas said...

You know, liking Ayn Rand doesn't mean you aren't a slave or a parasite. I mean, a slave or a parasite might sponge off somebody else's ideas right?

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

I still have no intention of subjecting myself to Atlas Shrugged. Still, hard to avoid getting exposed to snippets when one of your hobbies is laughing at glibertarians.

Here I think is the message that most conservatives and libertarians miss - You Are Not John Galt. You aren't even one of John Galt's chosen super-industrialists. You are Dagny Taggart, at best - and only then if you struggle and work your ass off at it.

I can't remember where, but I read somewhere that Ayn Rand would ask herself WWJGD? Because even teh Spawner of Objectivism didn't see herself as John Galt - and that's because he's supposed to be some sort of platonic archetype - something no one can ever be. Really, just a collection of "philisophical" ideals to strive for. More than a bit like Jesus.

Therefore, all those idiots with their "I am John Galt" bullshit are totes missing the point. If you were John Galt or even one of his Hong Kong Cavaliers - you wouldn't be talking to us moochers. You reveal yourself only at the end of the bloated story and only after it's too late for everyone else. Because you don't give a shit about anyone outside your immediate circle of übermenschen. In fact, if you weren't saddled with teh failure to Objectivism that is Ayn Rand, you wouldn't reveal yourself at all. Ayn needed that climactic denouement sequence to kick off her four thousand page lecture on how horrible people are - John Galt wouldn't bother. It would be waste of effort and amount to lost productivity.

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