April 22, 2011

The Truth About Ayn Rand



  1. Well, it was Nietzsche who wrote of Christianity & Judaism as “gutter religions” that makes the practitioners weak. The “Superman” dismisses philosophies that make him weak.

    And, of course, the philosophy falls apart when faced with reality for Rand, as for anyone.

    Now it’s time to ask the “Randites” if they follow their leaders opinion of religion.

    Comment by db — April 22, 2011 @ 6:38 am

  2. That’s true, db, and I’ve read that Ayn Rand’s Objectivism borrowed heavily from Nietzsche and other philosophies, but she lacked the deft intelligence of Friedrich and couldn’t match him as a writer.

    It’s ironic that so many of the wealthy and their ‘protectors’ have jumped on the Rand bandwagon — in ‘The Fountainhead’ she demeaned most of the ‘swells’ as being crass empty shills, willing to do anything to turn a buck. Only a few recognized Howard Roark’s genius and gave him a free hand. Of course, like every religious icon — and that’s what Rand was creating, a secular cult icon — the original intent has been twisted to fit the convenient current moment. None of her bullshit has ever worked, just as no Christian nation has ever existed, but that doesn’t stop the crazed fanatic from redoubling their efforts to try it again. If this were a hot stove, none of these nitwits would have any hands left.

    Rand acolyte Alan Greenspan finally apologized (a little) for getting it wrong, and Arthur Laffer even admitted his supply side mumbo-jumbo didn’t work so well in the real world — long after the damage was done, of course.

    Comment by RS Janes — April 22, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  3. There are a few things wrong with your comic-thing.

    1. The republican party and the democratic party have been trading power in the government for the past 40 years, so you can’t blame the recession on solely the republicans.

    2. The republicans who are elected into power are hardly following Rand’s ideas about economics, which is full lasseiz-faire capitalism, as in, no government intervention at all. Rand Paul’s bill is a prime example of a move toward lasseiz-faire capitalism and should be applauded as a step toward a true free market system.

    3. She did not regard only the rich as producers, she regarded the people who produce as producers. Indeed, if you’ve read any of her books, the majority of her villains and parasites are extremely wealthy.

    4. When Ayn Rand was old, she was hardly anywhere near broke. Sales of her books had brought her a small fortune, so she did not begin collecting social security to “stay alive.” She did collect medicare and social security but because she had been paying into it her entire life, i.e., she was entitled to it as it was partly her money.

    Perhaps you should do a little more research before attacking a person.

    Comment by dlcd — May 18, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

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