Thidwick Shrugged

Dave Killion — January 16, 2012

Who is John Galt?

Everyone knows that Dr. Seuss is the nom de plume of Theodor Seuss Geisel, but some of our ‘Bedtime for Little Libertarians” posts (here and here) suggest to me that Ayn Rand was actually Geisel’s ghostwriter. Ridiculous? Consider Wikipedia’s entry for “Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose” –

“Thidwick, a moose who lives in a herd “about sixty or more” , accepts abug living on his antlers for free, who tells a spider of the free housing, and both accept a “Zinn-a-zu” bird. The herd rejects Thidwick after the Zinnazu bird’s wife, a woodpecker, and four squirrels move in. After abobcat and turtle settle, winter moves in, and although food is scarce, they refuse to let him travel to the other side of the lake. Thidwick realizes that he has lost his autonomy and that the collective in his antlers has forced him to support them. Pressure hits the poor moose after three mice, a fox, a bear, and 362 bees move in on his antlers, but trouble switches thoughts fast after seeing hunters who “must get his head for the Harvard Club wall”. When Thidwick is trapped after an attempt to escape, he suddenly remembers that antler-shedding season has arrived. He bucks the antlers off, leaves the freeloaders at the mercy of the hunters and swims to the other side of the lake to rejoin his herd. His antlers, and the former squatters, are stuffed and mounted.”

Do you see? It’s the plot of ‘Atlas Shrugged’, condensed into a child’s story!

I know, I know… you’re stunned. But that’s the kind of blinding revelation you have to be prepared for each and every time you you visit the LBC blog. Get used to it, because libertarianism is not for sissies.


Shirley says

yes…It appears Dr. Seuss was on our side. This story and “The Butter Battle” demonstrate that…. And then their’s Horton hears a Who…which I would say is both libertarian and pro-life. Ron Paul might have ghosted on that one.

— January 16, 2012

G says

Hahaha! Excellent post :D

— January 16, 2012

Barbara says

I suggest you read The Lorax

— January 18, 2012

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