I love Ayn Rand.
via WSJ: Tomorrow’s release of the movie version of “Atlas Shrugged” is focusing attention on Ayn Rand’s 1957 opus and the free-market ideas it espouses. Book sales for “Atlas” have always been brisk—and all the more so in the past few years, as actual events have mirrored Rand’s nightmare vision of economic collapse amid massive government expansion. Conservatives are now hailing Rand as a tea party Nostradamus, hence the timing of the movie’s premiere on tax day.
When Rand created the character of Wesley Mouch, it’s as though she was anticipating Barney Frank (D., Mass). Mouch is the economic czar in “Atlas Shrugged” whose every move weakens the economy, which in turn gives him the excuse to demand broader powers. Mr. Frank steered Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to disaster with mandates for more lending to low-income borrowers. After Fannie and Freddie collapsed under the weight of their subprime mortgage books, Mr. Frank proclaimed last year: “The way to cure that is to give us more authority.” Mouch couldn’t have said it better himself.
Shelly Roche for BytestyleTV
So... who am I and why am I doing this? I (Shelly Roche) started ByteStyle.TV in the summer of 2009, intending to do a tech podcast... but I've ended up talking about much more than just the tech world - politics, news, food issues... you name it. There's some pretty ridiculous stuff going on in the world right now, and we don't always hear about it until it's too late (if at all). I have a technology background (Open Source, Drupal, Ruby on Rails, iPhone), and tend to be very entrepreneurial. I write articles for Urban Garden magazine, and have been on Fox News' Freedom Watch (with Judge Napolitano, Ron Paul & Peter Schiff), Fox Business, Russia Today, FreeTalkLive, PJTV, YRTV, Freedom's Phoenix, the Chicken Whisperer and more. I'm currently exploring North America in my RV whilst doing some top-secret awesome tech stuff 🙂 Shelly Roche was formerly at ByteStyle.tv and is promising to return some day!