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Introducing Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn

August 4, 2009

Many of you know about Atlas Shrugged, the novel by Ayn Rand that portrayed an epic battle of individual liberty, productivity and empowerment through capitalism against the parasitism and hypocrisy of socialism.  It must be noted first that, despite the more libertarian connotation of Atlas Shrugged, this blog espouses no particular strain of Republican ideology other than the fundamental precepts of our party.

So how and why does Atlas shrug in Brooklyn?

It’s not about the battle between capitalism and socialism within Brooklyn, per se.  It’s about the political party–and the only major party–whose values aggressively inoculate individual liberty, good government and capitalism against the plague of statism and socialism that is spreading at all levels of American government.

It’s about this historic party of decent, righteous principles that has, regrettably, become so infected with fractured agendas and incompetent, self-serving individuals, it only pays mere lip service to these values.  It shamefully conducts itself more like an oligarchic state socialist enterprise a la Stalin rather than an organization of honest, hardworking entrepreneurs of the sort that has made our country the proverbial shining city upon a hillThat is precisely why it has failed.

But above all, it’s about fixing this party–Brooklyn’s Republican Party–so that the people of Brooklyn can begin to shrug off the burdens from an ever-imploding, uncompetitive Republican Party and the dysfunctional, corrupt government of New York that is born out of partisan monopoly.

Reform in Brooklyn’s Republican Party, from the bottom up, from within and from without, is the only way to accomplish this.

Here we seek to facilitate the following in order to empower Brooklyn’s Republicans and all of its concerned, hardworking citizens to initiate reform and secure true ownership in the governance of our Republic:

  • Promoting transparency in the Brooklyn Republican Party, because “sunshine is the best disinfectant”
  • Educating Brooklynites on activism within the Republican Party to ensure accountability for actions of elected party leaders that boldly defy the fundamental planks of our party platform
  • Giving all Brooklyn Republicans a voice and an opportunity to speak out on what matters to us, and finally
  • Fixing and reforming the party until it becomes a healthy, functional and rational organization that successfully competes in elections to support good better government

You may ask why our bloggers use pseudonyms rather than their real names.  It’s not because of fear of reprisal, for those who may be most offended or threatened by what’s discussed have no power nor control over those who say them.  Instead, the politics of personality have brought down far too many movements for all the wrong reasons.   Ad hominem attacks too often distract the discourse, leading individuals to focus on the emotion of how one feels about another rather than concentrating on the reasoning and accuracy of the arguments being made.  And certainly within Brooklyn Republican Party politics, it is far too often relied upon to discredit the best intentions of fellow Republicans.  Therefore, the credibility and motives of the content on this blog must be assessed on their own merits and on no other tangential criteria.

That’s why we’re also encouraging people to comment and to join as authors unmoderated, so long as they refrain from using their real names.  E-mail us at atlasshrugsinbrooklyn@gmail.com for more information on that.

In Brooklyn, a Republican renaissance in the defense of liberty, good government, and our American way of life will start on this blog.  If we are successful in our goals, an honest, efficient and principled Republican Party along with sympathetic allies, who may very well be Democrats or of other political persuasions, will win the day.  Failure to reform and defend our Republic is simply not an option.

So now, let the good fight begin.

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8 Comments
  1. August 5, 2009 12:47 am

    I Count Vampire J. Machiavelli welcome you to the battle for truth, justice and the “Real” Republican way, have fun as you go forth and battle the Brooklyn GOP. Keep it clean and honest.

    Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com
    No More Schumer
    No More Pelosi
    No More Rangel
    No More Engel and his Million Dollar Home in Maryland.
    P.s Keep your eye on Pensiongate, Councilgate, and Bronxgate.

  2. Rick Dekker permalink
    August 5, 2009 9:37 am

    Outstanding!

    Now what we need to do is replace the current county chairman with someone who wants to build the party in Brooklyn, instead of hosting fundraisers for people running in New Jersey.

  3. August 7, 2009 10:04 pm

    While I am glad there are motivated Republicans in Brooklyn that want to be part of building the party, I wish you would channel that motivation toward supporting those of us who stepped up publicly in order to turn things around in Brooklyn instead of hiding in the shadows.

    I make it a point to NOT post anonymously so that people know that they can hold me accountable for everything I say. I don’t get why, if you are so into reform, that you don’t stand up and be counted, like the rest of us. Isn’t one of the tenets of good government transparency? Why not practice what you preach? You talk about bringing sunshine – yet you live in the dark. Isn’t that a tad hypocritical?

    That being said, I sincerely hope this site doesn’t become like many others – a venue for anonymous pot-shots with no accountability. I wouldn’t want to see something with become just another haven for cowardice.

    • John Galt permalink*
      August 7, 2009 10:33 pm

      Gene B.,

      Thank you for reading Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn! I assume you have already read our reasons for embracing pseudonyms on this blog. We stand by this approach for the very reasons you are attaching your identity to your comment: accountability and integrity. We do not wish for anyone to accept anything that is said on this blog at face value just because the personality behind it might be an extremely credible source. Nor do we wish to undermine genuine reform of Brooklyn Republican because the politics of personality is used to discredit any particular opinion or source.

      Rather, we want each post to be evaluated on the merits and the facts presented. As for transparency, there will be copious links to source material to support all assertions. And we encourage open and honest discussion to vet any conclusions that anyone might disagree with. We also invite everyone who wishes to blog about these issues to join our list of bloggers. Just e-mail us at AtlasShrugsInBrooklyn@gmail.com and we’ll send you an invite.

      Our primary intention is to report and comment on what is wrong in Brooklyn Republican politics and who is doing right. We will leave it to the various actors in Brooklyn Republican politics to step up–with their real names and everything–to enact the sensible reforms that need to be made.

      Hope to see future comments from you, Gene B.!

      P.S. If the pseudonyms still bother you, have you read the Federalist Papers recently?

  4. August 7, 2009 11:28 pm

    I must confess, I haven’t read the Federalist Papers recently. I wasn’t aware your life would be in danger if you revealed yourself! Mind you, I’m not questioning your right to do so.

    But, I have spent the past few years learning a thing or two about internet forums, having run my fair share, both for profit and non-profit.

    One thing I learned is that the people you want to reach will not take you seriously unless you personally stand behind your words. Otherwise, people are always left to wonder about your motives – even when you state them up front. Your words will always be overshadowed by people looking to see the person behind the curtain.

    Another thing I learned is that ad hominem attacks are rampant with anonymous posting. That cloak of anonymity is so inviting that people abuse it. But hey, your house -your rules. I choose to play by a different and, in my opinion, more honorable set of rules.

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