Christmas with Ayn Rand

Posted: December 7, 2011 in Current Events, Media Gleanings, Philosophical Debris, politics, Religion
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As far as I can tell, this is on the level.  It comes courtesy of John Scalzi and is found on his blog under the heading of  “The Ten Least Successful Holiday Specials”.  As you know, Ayn Rand holds a special place in my heart reserved for stunted rationalists.  I laughed at this more than I have since Michelle Bachman’s last interview.

Ayn Rand’s A Selfish Christmas (1951)

In this hour-long radio drama, Santa struggles with the increasing demands of providing gifts for millions of spoiled, ungrateful brats across the world, until a single elf, in the engineering department of his workshop, convinces Santa to go on strike. The special ends with the entropic collapse of the civilization of takers and the spectacle of children trudging across the bitterly cold, dark tundra to offer Santa cash for his services, acknowledging at last that his genius makes the gifts — and therefore Christmas — possible. Prior to broadcast, Mutual Broadcast System executives raised objections to the radio play, noting that 56 minutes of the hour-long broadcast went to a philosophical manifesto by the elf and of the four remaining minutes, three went to a love scene between Santa and the cold, practical Mrs. Claus that was rendered into radio through the use of grunts and the shattering of several dozen whiskey tumblers. In later letters, Rand sneeringly described these executives as “anti-life.”

 

Do yourself a favour and check out the other nine.

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