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Clarence Thomas and The Fountainhead

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In The Los Angeles Times, David Savage profiles Clarence Thomas and his 20-year career on the Supreme Court. The emphasis is on the conservative justice's "willingness to stand alone in dissent," and Savage opens with a very interesting anecdote that may help explain Thomas' individualistic approach:

Each summer, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas invites his four new law clerks to his home to watch a movie.

Not just any movie, but the 1949 film version of the classic of libertarian conservatism, Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead."

The movie's hero, played by Gary Cooper, is an idealistic but stubborn architect, who, as Rand wrote, "stood alone against the men of his time." A character, it might be said, a lot like Thomas himself. "If you think you are right, there is nothing wrong with being the only one," he said last year in explaining his fondness for the movie. "I have no problem being the only one."

Read the whole profile here. Read a whole lot more about Thomas here.

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  1. More Howard Roark, less Howard Dork!

  2. Oh, shit. With a title like “Clarence Thomas and The Fountainhead”, Damon has summoned Tony and Max for battle to the death.

    May the tournament begin!

  3. One would think a fan of Ayn Rand would at the very least support freedom of speech.

    1. Thomas is actually pretty good on free speech issues as they relate to adults. It’s free speech as it relates to minors where he falls down.

  4. “If you think you are right, there is nothing wrong with being the only one,” he said last year in explaining his fondness for the movie. “I have no problem being the only one.”

    And, apparently, if you are a District attorney who really really believes a guy is guilty and hides exculpatory evidence, that’s okay, too.

  5. lesee – thomas, intern/clerks, & home movies…hummmmmm

    1. We’ll leave you alone…

    2. The correct joke to make is about the time he tried to make Anita Hill his Dominique Francon.

      Even by troll standards you are fucking worthless.

      1. ur comment is nothing but a pubic hair in the wind

        1. You cannot fathom the immensity of the fuck no one gives about you.

          1. ive got ur immensity hanging

            1. by a pubic hair no doubt

      2. You know, if her testimony were true, how come nothing else has been alleged in the years since? Given the total lack of control he was portrayed as having, it seems implausible that he wouldn’t have faced additional accusations.

        Doesn’t prove anything, but it doesn’t help what still looks like a mostly political attack.

        1. Pubic hairs can be hard to find if you aren’t looking for them.

        2. it doesn’t help what still looks like a mostly political attack

          Are you talking about Thomas or Strauss-Kahn?

          1. Please. First of all, a French politician triggers a political attack in the U.S. because of why?

            Second, was the accuser politically motivated? Because, initially, it was all her. An accusation of rape usually results in an arrest, and just because someone is wealthy and/or highly placed doesn’t mean they should be allowed to leave the jurisdiction. There’s no way the prosecution could instantly know the accuser had credibility issues.

            Besides, all sex is rape.

            1. a French politician triggers a political attack in the U.S. because of why?

              At this blog? Because of ideology, of course.

              1. Please don’t feed the troll.

  6. I heard once that he asked Anita Hill to touch his Fountainhead.

    1. He was so excited, she thought it was made of Reardon Metal.

  7. If you think you are right, there is nothing wrong with being the only one

    Unless you are a little girl who doesn’t want to be strip searched. In that case, STFU and get them panties off.

    1. Please, continue with your narrative.

  8. Looks like he’ll be recusing himself the next time there’s a case involving a lawsuit against a tobacco company for not giving the smoker a sufficient fire in the mind.

  9. He can’t be that big a fan. He is famous for never speaking during oral argument. He should be making 45-minute monologues.

    I’d listen.

    1. He’s really expanded on my approach to minimalism.

  10. STOP WITH THE FUSSING AND RANDOM FIGHTING. YOU ARE DOCTORS AND LAWYERS. PUT ON YOUR SWIMSUITS AND JOIN THE PARTY, YOU MANIACAL MEN OF MARS! STOP WITH THE LECTURES. STOP WITH THE LECTURES. GROW UP IN THE MINDS OF CHILDREN AND EXPLAIN WHY THEY ARE SO BRAVE. GIVE ME SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN. GIVE ME.

      1. Needs more typos.

    1. MANIACAL MEN OF MARS

      Now there’s a band name. Catchy, alliterative, suggests stage dressing and costume design, and dozens of on-point album titles.

      1. So, basically a David Bowie redux?

        1. No, I’m thinking Barsoom. Perform naked with swords, jump around the stage, fight Plant-Men… that sort of thing.

          1. It only works if they get Buckethead to play with them.

  11. WHAT A WASTE OF RESOURCES. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD. THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO LOVE IN THIS WORLD. THIS IS A DREAM, A NIGHTMARE, AND A REALITY. STOP BLINKING, OR YOU WILL MISS IT. STOP BLINKING, OR YOU WILL MISS IT. STOP, BLINKING, OR YOUR WILL KISS IT. KISS IT. KISS IT. KISS IT.

    THE HEBREW PEOPLE ARE ACID WASH. THIS IS NOT MY DISCOVERY. IT IS THE DISCOVERY OF THE LOSERS IN CATVILLE. THIS IS NOT MY DISCOVERY. THIS IS THE DISCOVERY OF A GENERATION. WHO HAS EVER REALLY LOVED ME. WHO?

    GET OFF YOUR SWINGSET. GET OFF YOUR MINDLESS PORCH. GET ON THE PHONE. CALL YOUR LOVER. LET HIM KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT THE END. THIS IS THE END. WHAT IS SOFT IS SOFT INDEED. GO FORTH.

    1. Better. But again, needs more typos.

  12. “If you think you are right, there is nothing wrong with being the only one,”

    Well, sure, but when you’re the only one there is also nothing wrong with double-checking to make sure there’s not something you simply missed.

    1. Goddammit, forgot to change my handle back. This place really should get a preview function.

  13. WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE?!?!?!?

    1. I think we’re being preached to about the dangers of commenting on Hit & Run.

      All hail PALEACRITA!

    2. A wild nutjob appeared!

      1. It’s super-effective!

  14. HI GUYS I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO TYPE LOUDLY HOW ARE YOU DOING???

  15. First off, he needs to get them to read the book. Watching a cardboard cutout Gary Cooper and that speech are tedious at best and mind-numbing at worst.

    Also, not enough sex (read: none) in the film.

    Someone ought to remake the film. Modern NYC and their building snobbery are the perfect backdrop for the retelling. And they could get Howard Roark to redesign the WTC and the nearby mosque at the same time for the lulz.

    1. But then he would have to blow up the new WTC and that would drive everyone completely off message.

      1. No way, dude. They could get him to blow up the mosque, the public would embrace him and he could plant the American flag on top if the newly-designed WTC, that he conveniently designed as a hand giving the finger directed at Mecca.

        Revisionism at it’s finest!

  16. I suspect Gary Cooper adapted the “strong silent” persona to compensate for the fact that he could not act.

    And what kind of accent did Patricia Neal have exactly?

    1. Elban.

    2. high noon is considered a top 100. and the plot has been ripped-off & adapted many times.

  17. I’m not sure which post deserves my attention more: the one where PALEACRITA tells me to molest children or the one where PALEACRITA tells me to kill the Jews and prank call my gay lover.

  18. Congressman Frank needs your input!

  19. So Long Dong Silver was in ‘The Fountainhead’?

    I had no idea that there was a porn parody version of Ayn Rand.

    1. Porn is the ultimate expression of objectivism: an act of love is provided only for selfish incentives.

      And Fountainhead is already it’s own porn parody name. Although, i heard there’s a female-oreinted Ayn Rand porn called “Atlas Hugged and Cuddled Afterwards.”

      1. “Anal is Anal”

  20. I cringed wrt to the movie being about ‘libertarian conservatism’. No and no. Ayn Rand also cringed at the entire movie or so I’ve heard.

    1. She wrote the screenplay and had considerable input, a lot for a mere writer, at least.

  21. I dunno, sounds like a recipe for runaway narcissism.

    1. Stupid Tony … when psychologizing and making amateurish psychiatric misdiagnoses of Rand fans, the word to use is “sociopathy.”

      1. Better warn Obama, Tony… he’s on the fast track to runaway narcissism.

  22. captive audience anyone?

  23. Thomas is just as shitty as a Supreme Court Justice as Rand was as a novelist.

    1. Min: … er, Max:
      “Thomas is just as shitty a Supreme Court justice …”
      Not “just AS shitty.”
      You’re as shitty a grammarian as Ron Jeremy is a romantic.
      Re-fucking-tard.

    2. Make that “just AS SHITTY AS” …
      The rest applies to your retardery.

      1. Jamie…

        You are just as shitty as can be as a pedant. 😉

    3. Racist much, Max?

  24. I thought that stupid piece of shit got the banhammer.

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