Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator
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He actually says "John Galt wept", people

Just to prove that, despite living in the Twin Cities and posting lots of political crankery and cutesy-poo stories about a kid, I am not actually James Lileks, here is today's example of the master at work.

In the course of complaining about how much he hated Ant Bully (easy for him to complain; he didn't have to watch Transamerica AND a British mystery show about lesbian horticulturalists who solve crimes* ALL IN THE SAME WEEKEND), he criticizes it for being -- ready? -- insufficiently Objectivist, and very possibly Stalinist propaganda. Dig this, and dig it deep:

There’s Lucas the Ant Bully, who picks on ants because big kids pick on him. Through the marvel of recent advances in ant necromancy, he gets shrunk down to ant size so he can learn important life lessons, like the need to swarm over enemy colonies and sting them to death by the millions. Well, actually, no; he learned the virtues of community and sharing and helping, etc. At one point he’s on a mushroom with the wizard ant looking at the great & glorious human city in the distance. The wizard asks about human society, and he is amazed that humans don’t all work together. That is not the Ant Way, which is selfless and communal. John Galt wept. I mean, is it too much to ask that the kid at least stick up for humans? A little? Nope! We’re all selfish and individualistic, scorning the common good, which is why the distant city they’re observing is brightly lit and reaches for the heavens, and the ants are all naked drones giving in a defenseless hole.

JAMES LILEKS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. If only ants would adopt the values of capitalism, maybe they too would have brightly lit skyscrapers and Mossino sweater-vests.

*: No, really.
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