Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Clarence Thomas- Right but not Wright

I thought this bit of information from Daily Kos today was amusing:

"The Los Angeles Times highlights some of Justice Clarence Thomas's more extreme solo opinions, most of which seem to be rooted in this: every year Thomas has his new clerks come to his home to watch a movie—"the 1949 film version of the classic of libertarian conservatism, Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead."

The Fountainhead, as you may know, is allegedly based on the life of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The only problem with this book is that there is absolutely no evidence to demonstrate that Wright was in any way similar to the intolerant, smug, arrogant, self-absorbed character in the book (and the movie.)  Actual accounts by Wright's clients of their interaction with him reveal a man who had a great deal of confidence in his own design judgment (as is appropriate for a person with such demonstrated talent,) but who treated them with respect and who was attentive and concerned with their needs.

As usual, conservatives have replaced the truth with a fiction, taken from a novel largely read by teenagers.  Like their worship of the draft-dodging phony patriot John Wayne, they can't deal with reality, so they substitute a cheap, juvenile fantasy.

1 comment:

mastercynic said...

And a deplorable example of the old studio system - forcing exceptional and thoughtful actors like Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal to give their most wooden performances. A complete waste of fantastic talent both in front of and behind the camera.