By now, everyone is more than familiar with Our Glorious President’s idiotic and infantile proclamation that "you didn’t build that", but something about that entire moronic speech resonated with some deep-seated memory that refused to get off its lazy ass and move into the spotlight of my consciousness.
Thankfully, Jennifer applied boot to ass:
“He didn’t invent iron ore and blast furnaces, did he?”
“Rearden. He didn’t invent smelting and chemistry and air compression. He couldn’t have invented his Metal but for thousands and thousands of other people. His Metal! Why does he think it’s his? Why does he think it’s his invention? Everybody uses the work of everybody else. Nobody ever invents anything.”
She said, puzzled, “But the iron ore and all those other things were there all the time. Why didn’t anybody else make that Metal, but Mr. Rearden did?”
Sound familiar? It should. That came out of a book published over fifty years ago, and yet remains astonishingly predictive of modern events transpiring around us today.
She was probably the worst writer I have ever had the misfortune of reading, but damned if Rand was not right.