Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Fountainhead in a Nutshell

The last time I can remember an Ayn Rand reference on The Simpsons, Maggie was leading a communist style baby revolution ala The Great Escape. They were trying to escape the baby bottle hating harridan School marm at the Ayn Rand school for tots. So, it's a little refreshing that this time around, the Simpsons presented a more sympathetic presentation of Rand's philosophy. The clip, which for now is circulating on You Tube, has been added below. Hopefully it doesn't get removed. Anyways, it presents Maggie as a baby Howard Roark, and parallels Rand's novel The Fountainhead. It's good for an amusing bit of Rand lite and I even think it would be useful in introducing Objectivism to children. Check it out:

And if you're interested, here's an excerpt from the movie based on the book:

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