Monday's HOT MIC
Steve -- nice to see a shout-out to one of the great villains in all literature, Ellsworth Toohey from Rand's best novel, The Fountainhead. Insidious, scheming, self-serving and utterly sociopathic. In other words, just like a lot of people in public life these days, mostly on the Left but not entirely...
Toohey's philosophy is the polar opposite of individualism. He's all about collectivism; he believes in the crowd. Unlike Roark, who is all about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (Roark is presented as being as American as apple pie), Toohey rants about sacrifice, denial, the virtues of being miserable, and the unimportant nature of the individual.
Toohey's ideal world is a creeptastic hivemind:
"The world of the future. That's what I want. A world of obedience of and unity. A world where the thought of each man will not be his own, but an attempt to guess the thought of the brain of his neighbor who'll have no thought of his own..."