Friday, January 18, 2013

Adam Lanza = Randian Hero?

[In the shooting-fish-in-a-barrel department...]

Adam Lanza, heroic Randian-egoist?

It might appear so, according to result No. 2 here.[*]

Checkmate, asshole.

(Some of my commentary regarding the unbelievably malicious, way-beyond-the-pale "William Edward Hickman" smear can be found here.)

So, what's the over/under on when this Leiter fuck gets his comeuppance?  Not if, but when.  I suppose it depends on the degree of psychological evasion and malice of which even so-called philosophers are capable.  All that scholarly excellence and reputation means only so much when the scholar in question takes a big fat dump all over intellectual integrity.  I'll be ramping up, by a few hundred percent, my campaign to checkmate various and sundry progress-obstructing scumbags in the coming days/weeks/months.  This unjustice will not stand, man.  I'm the motherfucking Django of the philosophical world and these slimy bastards are going DOWN.

[*] Copied and pasted should it ever happen to disappear from publication at 'Leiter Reports':

Ayn Rand's Early Inspiration: A Child Killer

This certainly belongs in the "you can't make this stuff up" category.  As J. Brendan Ritchie, who flagged it for me, wrote:  "Apparently Ayn Rand was heavily inspired by (and admired) a psychopath. Incidently, objectivism now makes a lot more sense to me."

Also, the "J. Brendan Ritchie" character who flagged the item for Prof. Leiter can be found in the Department of Philosophy at University of Maryland, College Park (tied at #31 in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings of graduate philosophy programs).  Prof. Leiter's credentials can, of course, be found here.  Some pretty pathological shit going on here in "higher ed," huh?

(Here is an example of what Randian heroes actually believe.  A true scholar of Rand, Allan Gotthelf - also a leading scholar of Aristotle - can be found in the Rutgers University Philosophy Department, which is ranked at #2 in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report; he also serves as chairman of the American Philosophical Society-affiliated Ayn Rand Society.  Let the evasion commence/continue/snowball?)