We were discussing Silicon Valley billionaires and their investments in new bio-technologies that they hope will enable them to do what no human has ever done: cheat death.
Peter Thiel, the PayPal founder who is a friend of Trump, is one of the Immortalists.
Lucky that he will never run out of money, especially since the Senate’s version of Repeal and Replace Obamacare is such a generous giveaway to the billionaire class.
The only reason it’s getting any Republican votes is that, as The New York Times reported a few days ago, “The bill’s largest benefits go to the wealthiest Americans, who have the most comfortable health care arrangements, and its biggest losses fall to poorer Americans who rely on government support.”
It should be called The John Galt Bill after the hero of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, the doorstopper of a novel that is akin to the Bible for certain conservative politicians, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who hands out copies of the book to newly elected Members (The House version of the health care bill is even more Galtian than the Senate’s).
Keep in mind that at her funeral in New York in 1982, “Ayn Rand’s body lay next to the symbol she had adopted as her own - a six-foot dollar sign,” according to Susan Chira who covered the service for the Times.