The Obamas, and Directive 10-289…”Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual”…

Glenn Reynolds had a post yesterday referencing the uptick in sales of Ayn Rand’s classic novel Atlas Shrugged and Friedrich Hayek’s classic booklet on political/economic philosophy The Road to Serfdom.
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This is wonderful news, perhaps a day late and a dollar short, but it at least shows some mental activity in the sleeping giant of the American polity. Both books should be on the required reading lists for incoming college freshman classes, but it appears from what I hear through the grapevine that far more young skulls full of mush are being injected with the Alinsky collectivist philosophy through the supposedly “autobiographical writings” of The One…..President Barack Obama.

You see, what is happening is that through the “economic emergency,” Obama is trying to implement Rand’s fictitious “Directive 10-289,” which is what the the combination of “stimulus package,” unsupervised TARP bailouts, “Cap and Trade,” and “Health Care Reform” equal when they are rammed down your throats without discussion (or even the reading of the details) by your supposed “representatives” in the national government. Here is Directive 10-289 (h/t outdoorsunlimited.net)

DIRECTIVE 10-289

“In the name of the general welfare to protect the people’s security, to achieve full equality and total stability, it is decreed for the duration of the national emergency that-

Point One: All workers, wage earners, and employees of any kind whatsoever shall henceforth be attached to their jobs and shall not leave nor be dismissed nor change employment, under penalty of a term in jail. The penalty shall be determined by the Unification Board, such board to be appointed by the Bureau Of Economic Planning and National Resources. All person reaching the age of twenty-one shall report to the Unification Board, which shall assign them to where, in its opinion, their services will best serve the interests of the nation.

Point Two: All industrial, commercial, manufacturing, and business establishments of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth remain in operation, and the owners of such establishments shall not quit, nor leave, nor retire, nor close, sell or transfer their business, under penalty of the nationalization of their establishment and of any or all their property.

Point Three: All patents and copyrights, pertaining to any devices, inventions, formulas, processes, and works of any nature whatsoever, shall be turned over to the nation as a patriotic emergency gift by means of Gift Certificates to be signed voluntarily by the owners of all such patents and copyrights. The Unification Board shall then license the use of such patents and copyrights to all applicants, equally and without discrimination, for the purpose of elimination monopolistic practices, discarding obsolete products and making the best available to the whole nation. No trademarks, brand names, or copyrighted titles shall be used. Every formerly patented product shall be known by a new name and sold by all manufacturers under the same name, such name to be selected by the Unification Board. All private trademarks and brand names are hereby abolished.

Point Four: No new devices, inventions, products, or goods of any nature whatsoever, not now on the market, shall be produced, invented, manufactured or sold after the date of this directive, The Office of patents and Copyrights is hereby suspended. (Added later in chapter: All “research departments, experimental laboratories, scientific foundations” will be closed except for government-operated facilities.)

Point Five: Every establishment, concern, corporation or person engaged in production of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth produce the same amount of goods per year as is, they or he produced during the Basic Year, no more or no less. The year is to known as the Basic or Yardstick Year is to be the year ending on the date of this directive. Over or under production shall be fined, such fines to be determined by the Unification board.

Point Six: Every person of any age, sex, class or income, shall henceforth spend the same amount of money on the purchase of goods per year as he or she spent during the Basic Year, no more and no less. Over or under purchasing shall be fined, such fines to be determined by the Unification Board.

Point Seven: All wages, prices, salaries, dividends, profits, interest rates and forms of income of any nature whatsoever, shall be frozen at their present figures, as of the date of this directive. (But taxes will be allowed to increase as needed for the public good)

Point Eight: All cases arising from and rules not specifically provided for in this directive, shall be settled and determined by the Unification Board, whose decisions shall be final.

“How is the emergency to end if everything is to stand still?”
– Fred Kinnan, Atlas Shrugged

If you think my assessment is hyperbolic, read this Michelle Obama address from well over a year ago, interspersed with Hugh Hewitt’s commentary, to see what has been obvious to many of us for a very long time. The choice in the last election was between individual liberty and government-enforced collectivism. And some of you just weren’t paying attention. You wanted someone who could “make the trains run on time,” and you got yourself your own Mussolini….your “imaginary hip black friend.” Ayn Rand could have used this Michelle Obama quote in her novel, more than half a century ago. The Alinskyites work slowly, but they grind very thoroughly, while the rest of us are out trying to live the lives of freemen. Michelle Obama, speaking at UCLA, February, 2008:

Barack, as Oprah said, is one of the most brilliant men you will meet in our lifetime.

Barack is more than ready. He’ll be ready today, he’ll be ready on day one, he’ll be ready in a year from now, five years from now – he is ready.

That is not the question. The question is: What are we ready for?

Wait, wait, wait – because we say we’re ready for change, we say we’re ready for change, butcha see, change is HARD.

Change will always be hard, and it doesn’t happen from the top down.

We do not get universal health care, we don’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 – 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 – uninvolved, uninformed…

Someone I know was trying to justify voting for Obama the other night by saying “well, someone had to do something.” I was nearly speechless, but had the presence of mind to respond that jumping off a cliff is certainly “doing something.”

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37 Responses to The Obamas, and Directive 10-289…”Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual”…

  1. Woodwork says:

    How perfect is that, driver?

    “Directive 10-289″ eh?

    We need a new term that can –in honor of Ayn Rand’s acute political prophecy– some how equal the now passé “Orwellian” and capture the happy diabolism of this New Day Rising under “Directive 10-289.”

    How about: …feeling a bit “Randy” …under Directive 10-289?

    You’re a musician, how’s about a jagged little lick that could be the political equivalent of “Jenny, Jenny 867-5309” like “…eh, … Randy, Randy 10-289”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBHJqtgo8RA

  2. driver says:

    I like the idea of the “Feeling a bit Rand-y?” slogan….unfortunately, Ayn left no bikini shots for use on the T-shirts. This one will have to do.

    FEELING A BIT RAND-Y?
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    As for your song idea, it’s good, but I have to work with you on the rhythm. To match 8675309 beat-for-beat in the chorus we will have to go with “one ze-ro dash, two-eight-nine.” I think we are onto something big here.

  3. Cowboy says:

    I agree with you completely that Hayek’s *Road to Serfdom* be required reading. But not so much on Rand. Rand is such a resoundingly terrible and tedious author that, regardless of whatever point she might be trying to make, she should not be inflicted upon any young, vibrant soul for fear of her inexorable deadening effect on one’s faculties.

  4. driver says:

    A thousand pages is a lot to expect from an incoming freshperson, I agree….they should wait for the mini-series. Hayek is pithy, profound, and to the point.

  5. Linda Starr says:

    I am torn about Cowboy’s recommendation! I read Atlas Shrugged 4 times when in college (University of Hawaii, 1960′s). I joined the local Objectivist group which included brilliant Dr. Jack Wheeler (ToThePointNews.com). However, my husband (a Dem all his life until 9/11) just can’t stand Rand’s writing which keeps stopping him from reading Atlas Shrugged as much as he wants to. And my good friend Dr. Kelley L. Ross (philosophy professor) writes on his site friesian.com “Ayn Rand (born Alice Rosenbaum) is a fascinating person and an inspiring advocate of freedom but a very mixed blessing philosophically.” But still, reading Rand is far better than all the forced reading of Marxist crap that’s been going on for decades!

  6. Stephen says:

    Au contraire. The evidence says that “faculties” all over are waking up, and a major anti-somnambulent in this is Rand. She is, however, quite detailed in this age of “take a pill” writing. Perhaps her non fiction would better answer.

  7. Washington does not do crisis management. It does management by crisis. As the result, we have emergency driven central planning.

    The fact that there is no threat actually existing, no crisis actually imperiling America to justify the robbery of sovereignty from the American people that this administration is committing is not slowing the thievery in the slightest.

    We’ve been had for so long by so many that we have come to think it is the norm. Whether we will – or can – wake up in time to save what’s left of the American ideal is still and open question.

  8. I agree with Cowboy that it’s terrible to inflict on freshmen the tedious, preachy style of Rand. I also agree with Linda that the Marxist crap you’re forced to read and regurgitate is nearly endless. It would have been enough in Sophistry Philosophy 101, but Psychology and Sociology texts are filled with left-wing BS. I think the resolution can be found in authors Hayek and Tocqueville. Unfortunately, if you’re going to send your child to a public university or an “Poison Ivy League” school, you’d best prepare them for four to five years of Marxist ideology.

    David Jacobson
    Cleveland Heights, OH

  9. apparently html tags don’t work here.

  10. driver says:

    David J, they do work. Let me know what you want to link and I’ll set it up. Probably tomorrow, though.

  11. Chris says:

    I’d always found Rand to be an extraordinarily engaging writer with obvious literary gifts (particularly in the areas of characterization and plot). I see people fling all sorts of horrible adjectives in her direction – did they even read her at all? Or did they read with eyes and mind half-closed?

  12. Chris says:

    I suppose I should have added links to web samples of her writing, so that folks may judge for themselves.

    Fiction:
    http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_ayn_rand_books_atlas_shrugged

    Nonfiction:
    http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=arc_ayn_rand_man_rights

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  14. Johnny I says:

    Hayek’s work, cut down to size, even for today’s freshmen:
    http://www.mises.org/books/TRTS/
    “The Illustrated Road to Serfdom” originally from, of all places, GM!

  15. Markde43008 says:

    The Obama quote reminds me of this,

    “THE “NEW MAN” AND THE REVOLUTIONIST.
    IT is frequently asserted that the task of Communist enlightenment consists in the education of the new man. These words are somewhat too general, too pathetic, and we must be particularly careful not to permit any formless humanitarian interpretation of the conception “new man” or the tasks of Communist education. There is no doubt whatever but that the man of the future, the citizen of the commune, will be an exceedingly interesting and attractive creature, and that his psychology (the futurists will pardon me, but I fancy that the man of the future will possess a psychology) will be very different to ours. Our present task, unfortunately, cannot lie in the education of the human being of the future. The Utopian and humanitarian-psychological viewpoint is, that the new man must first be formed, and that he will then create the new conditions.”

    http://tinyurl.com/mkqaqh

    I’m no scholar, just an old unrepentent cold warrior, an enlisted man with no college. I can recall details well, and knew that Michelle’s quote was similar to the “new man” preachings of hardcore marxists. Wether he intends to make us into France,.. or some new age touchy feely Soviet lite,

    I’d fight with my last breath,. the Soviets were bastards, but at least honest about their intentions.

    Many commentaters roll their eyes and mock any comment about Obama having Marist tendencies,. yet,.. really, they admit, by Obama’s own books, he actively sought out marxists in college, studied their teachings, befriended radicals, dryed up bomb makers and arab kill all Jews types,.. it’s all admitted, but,. that’s just his intellectual curiousity or some such BS. He mimics their teachings on policy, on social welfare, on collectivism and statist goals..

    and they mock us?

    he waddles, lays the odd egg and quacks like Donald on a nephew enduced rampage, but he ain’t no duck,.. no sir, the New Dork Times says so..

    I wake up sometimes wondering, when did the lunatics took over my country?

    I struggle to resolve why when he talks and acts like an idiot French socialist, right down to their knee jerk disdain for flyover America,. no one, no one in the MSM even notices.

  16. Principlex says:

    The thing about Rand is that once you start thinking in principles and acting thusly, life gets much easier and you start reaping the successes. Life transforms into into an adventure rather than a trudge. Took me years to get this.

  17. D.W. Drang says:

    Hmmm, required reading…

    The University of Washington started a program several years ago in which all incoming freshmen are required to read the same book.

    The year’s selection is “The Audacity of Arrogant Gall”–or maybe it’s “Things I learned From My Serial Bigamist Alcoholic Deadbeat Father”?–by His Imperial Majesty.

  18. Johnathan Pearce says:

    Henry Hazlitt’s Economics In One Lesson, and Tom Sowell’s Basic Economics should also be on the list. Not to mention “Eat The Rich” by PJ O’Rourke. Actually, almost anything by PJ!

  19. bobby b says:

    Ms. Starr: Please remind your husband that, while we may lay back and choose to examine only those ideas that are delivered directly to us by a pretty woman feeding us grapes and a wonderfully choreographed collaborative presentation of the idea that is so clear and compelling that we could sleep through it and still absorb the best points, we’ll miss many of the best ideas doing so.

    Self-education is hard. If Rand’s writing is too cumbersome for him, perhaps he can find Perot’s old book. Now THAT was a simple read . . .

  20. el Diablo Loco says:

    Doing nothing is better than doing something stupid. Ask a doctor where he’s heard that before. Some silly oath….

  21. StickerShock says:

    U of Washington isn’t the only college requiring an Obama book for freshmen.

    The Illustrated Road to Serfdom is terrific! And MarkDe is spot on: It is telling that the ONLY topics piquing Obama’s intelletual curiosity are Marxist in nature.

  22. [quote]
    Chris:
    I’d always found Rand to be an extraordinarily engaging writer with obvious literary gifts (particularly in the areas of characterization and plot). I see people fling all sorts of horrible adjectives in her direction – did they even read her at all? Or did they read with eyes and mind half-closed?
    [/quote]

    What I found tedious was the constant repetition of philisophical themes. Flogging of the horse, if you will…

  23. Woodwork says:

    Although I have never really taken the time to read Ayn Rand I have used her weighty books for door stops & bicep curls. Taking the easy way out, I eventually rented the film version of “The Fountainhead” with the hope that I could affect having read it to one of my neighbors that I suspect has a tattoo of “Atlas” on his buttocks –only to have this heroic film move immediately to the top of my list of worst movies of all time …now “Roger & Me” is just another bad movie I’ve been forced to watch. The dialogue sounded like it was being read off a teletype and the characters were as thin and transparent as a lamp shade in Woo’s Chinese take-out.

    Still, I will continue to recommend Atlas or The Fountainhead to any young innocent on the verge of being lured into their contentious doppelgangers “A People’s History of the United States” and “Manufacturing Consent.” This is, after all, a knife fight and as driver is always quick to mention, there are no rules, just someone dead when it’s over …the rest continue as they were.

  24. Don Fisher says:

    Mr & Mrs President Zero speaks in such amorphous terms, one can easily take the action part of her statement and apply it to the motivation bhind the Tea party movement: “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 – 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 – uninvolved, uninformed…”

    Yup, thats just the way its working on me!

  25. Russ says:

    “Someone I know was trying to justify voting for Obama the other night by saying “well, someone had to do something.” I was nearly speechless, but had the presence of mind to respond that jumping off a cliff is certainly “doing something.””

    If only he were jumping off a cliff…he’s behind us pushing us off.

  26. Paul says:

    “We The Living” by Rand would be more suitable for the young minds. It is short and concise. Great read of the gutting of the Russian spirit under communism. I read somewhere it is a loose autobiography of Rand’s own experience. That book had a bigger influence on me than Atlas. It does not end well.

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  28. Oh, bother says:

    As I recall, the Obama campaign put Michelle on ice shortly after this speech on the grounds she was blowing their cover. It was around that time I realized that while I thought I smelled a (Marxist) rat, this rodent was the size of an elephant. And so it has turned out to be.

    I don’t care whether people read Rand, Mises, Obama, PJ or their favorite blog to get the message, as long as they get that unless they get up and get moving, the last six months are only the beginning of the loss of the greatest freedom humans have ever enjoyed.

  29. Johnny Boy says:

    I hear George Orwell recitiing passages from 1984….

  30. driver says:

    I may be overly-optimistic, but today is the first day since the coup took place that I began to feels something good in the air. Hope and change, but not the kind Obama envisioned. A whiff of Waterloo? I think something’s happening.

  31. Marty says:

    people keep calling O a Marxist but I don’t see that he has any coherent ideology of history and economics, Marxist or otherwise.

    I consider Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” a better handle on where O is coming from, domestically at least–remembering that Fascism was/is really of the left, not the right—a watered down Marxist economics, with race or nationality at the core, rather than class dialectics, but most of all, statism. Mix in the racialism and reverse the nationalism into anti-nationalism, keep the govt control over people’s lives and esp. the “commanding heights” of the economy, and you have a pretty good picture of Obama and his supporters.

  32. Woodwork says:

    I don’t believe Obama has any kind of passion or capacity for political philosophy or historical ideology; Obama is autobiography — and even after 2 full and critically acclaimed autobiographies his third, and most ambitious, is now a work in progress; even better, volume 3, “Dreams of Obama: Manifest Destiny,” will be a 3d pop-up featuring us Americans as fold-out figures.

    The end of history, indeed: Barack Hussein Obama threatens be the Omega to George Washington’s Alpha.

    It was a great run.

    You ever wonder what it would be like to live in Europe. Wonder no more.

  33. driver says:

    In a moment of candor during the campaign he basically described himself as an empty vessel (not his words), someone in whom people saw whatever they wanted to see. In other words, The Manchurian Candidate.

  34. Chistopher Rampley says:

    More and more people have had enough. The Obama / perma-big-government folks are witnessing the first snowflakes of an oncoming avalanche – ‘No we won’t’ – that will force their hand. When a government requiring the consent of the governed loses that consent, does it fall or gain the consent by force? The answer to that question will tell us if it’s just another tumultuous period in American political history, or the Second American Revolution. It will be interesting, and I am sure liberty will prevail.

  35. Yehudit says:

    Milton Friedman is an easy read; “Free to Choose” was written specifically for the average Joe who doesn’t think about economics. There was also a 12-part public TV series derived from “Free to Choose,” and all the videos are on YouTube now. I bet an engaging video would be less of a hurdle for many people than a book.

  36. Yehudit says:

    Also “Commanding Heights”, a positive free-market viewpoint history of globalization, created for Boston’s public TV station no less! But it’s great and you can watch the whole thing here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights/hi/story/index.html

    And here are the Friedman videos all in one place: http://www.ideachannel.tv/

    There is an intro by Ahnuld Swartznegger! (amusing because can we imagine Ahnuld as a free-market advocate now?)

    The more I think about it … junk the Rand tomes and send people these URLs. It’s all there and much fresher than Hazlitt or Hayek; “Free to Choose” was updated for the 90s, “Commanding Heights” going right up to 9-11.

  37. “I hear George Orwell recitiing passages from 1984….”

    Not on Amazon Kindle, you don’t… *g*

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