Glenn Reynolds reports that, for some strange reason, sales of books like Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom are soaring.
The amused cynic contends:
(W)hat is happening is that through the â€œeconomic emergency,â€ Obama is trying to implement Randâ€™s fictitious â€œDirective 10-289,â€ which is what the the combination of â€œstimulus package,â€ unsupervised TARP bailouts, â€œCap and Trade,â€ and â€œHealth Care Reformâ€ equal when they are rammed down your throats without discussion (or even the reading of the details) by your supposed â€œrepresentativesâ€ in the national government.
He quotes none other than Michelle Obama herself, telling an audience at UCLA last year:
Barack, as Oprah said, is one of the most brilliant men you will meet in our lifetime.
Barack is more than ready. Heâ€™ll be ready today, heâ€™ll be ready on day one, heâ€™ll be ready in a year from now, five years from now â€“ he is ready.
That is not the question. The question is: What are we ready for?
Wait, wait, wait â€“ because we say weâ€™re ready for change, we say weâ€™re ready for change, butcha see, change is HARD.
Change will always be hard, and it doesnâ€™t happen from the top down.
We do not get universal health care, we donâ€™t get better schools because somebody else is in the White House. We get change because folks from the grass roots up decide they are sick and tired of other people telling them how their lives will be â€“ when they decide to roll up their sleeves and work.
And Barack Obama will require you to work.
He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism, that you put down your division, that you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones, that you push yourselves to be better, and that you engage.
Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual â€“ uninvolved, uninformedâ€¦
Who knows? Like the Khmer Rouge, he may decide to march urban populations out of energy consuming cities for resettlement at collective farm settlements in the countryside, too.