Meet Tomorrow’s Sociopaths Today!
The Fonzie of Freedom interviews two soulless white-bread future Kochwhores:
A little background on Alexander McCobin:
Alexander McCobin recognized the formal principles of his beliefs after reading Atlas Shrugged, a birthday present from his father in 9th grade. Throughout high school, Alexander participated in Lincoln-Douglas debate, which allowed him to study philosophy and particularly those who advocated the philosophical principles of liberty. During college at the University of Pennsylvania, Alexander began the University of Pennsylvania Libertarian Association to promote discussion and education of libertarian ideas on campus and expand his horizons regarding the power of the message of liberty. During the summer of 2007, he e was an intern at the Reason Foundation, working on privatization efforts around the U.S. At the same time, he also ran a nonprofit organization to promote youth debate education to underserved students in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region. In May, 2008, Alexander graduated from Penn with a B.A. in philosophy and economics and an A.M. in philosophy. He spent the following year working as a Koch Associate at the Cato Institute focused on marketing and development.
Of course no mention of a ninth grader reading of Atlas Shrugged would be complete without the obligatory John Rogers quote:
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
Bonus McCobin shruggery:
* How did you first get exposed to the ideas of liberty?
While I believed in liberty throughout my life, I didn’t recognize the formal principles until my birthday in 9th grade when my father gave me a copy of Atlas Shrugged. It took me a whole month over the summer to read, but once I finished, I said, “this is what I have always thought.”
* If you were first of a different political alignment, were you won over quickly once you were exposed to the ideas of liberty? And what arguments did you find most compelling?
Atlas Shrugged put into words and clarified everything I had always thought.
Yeah. We know. You already said that. Like, twenty seconds ago.
But what fifteen year-old boy wouldn’t want to spend a month of summer indoors, transported by a fantastical tale of perpetual motion machines, taking your ball and going Galt home because the other kids refuse to acknowledge your awesomeness, seemingly endless philosophizing and, of course there is Dagny Taggart who has “a head for business and a bod for sin“?
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