Battlepanda: Why liberals make fun of libertarians


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Why liberals make fun of libertarians

Because they make it so easy.

Julian Sanchez, who is otherwise the epitome of the sane libertarian, tells us that Ratatouille was deeply influnced by — who else — Ayn Rand.
Ratatouille is essentially an animated version of The Fountainhead, except that cooking replaces architecture, Ellsworth Toohey eventually has a Grinchian change of heart, and Howard Roark is a rodent. Remy, a culinary savant who happens to be a rat, delivers mini-sermons to his furry brethren on the importance of having high standards rather than being satisfied with garbage, and denounces his clan's parasitic existence, which he contrasts with the human impulse to create and innovate.