To reject that Christ is to embark on dangerous waters indeed. For to justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil... Ayn Rand’s “philosophy” is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society.Well, well, he has really set me straight on how to practice the golden rule. Certainly, I can take Vidal at his word. He knows what's right and what's wrong. Clearly, we have here a man who considers himself above the herd. A herd in desperate need of Gore Vidal's moral acuity and judgment.
On the matter of Rand's popularity, the 84 year old Vidal must be concerned about the renewed interest in Rand and her works. While his books appeal to a small segment of readers, Rand's decades old novels continue to sell in record numbers.
Still America's moral arbiter presses on. In an interview posted today on The Atlantic's website, Vidal again demonstrates why he is the literary Left's moral compass. Upon being asked to comment on the arrest of Roman Polanski for raping a 13 year old girl, Vidal replied thus:
I really don’t give a fuck. Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s been taken advantage of?...The media can’t get anything straight. Plus, there’s usually an anti-Semitic and anti-fag thing going on with the press – lots of crazy things. The idea that this girl was in her communion dress, a little angel all in white, being raped by this awful Jew, Polacko – that’s what people were calling him – well, the story is totally different now from what it was then.Okay, thanks for the moral clarity Gore. Thanks for sharing your moral sewer where 13 year old girls not wearing communion dresses are "asking for it." Gore continues his unhinged rant by stating that Polanski was targeted for prosecution for not subscribing to American values such as "lying and cheating." It's difficult to know which is sadder, Vidal or the liberal media and intelligentsia's ("American literary and cultural icon") patronizing of such a repulsive creature.
Crossposted at The Dougout