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I want to find the teacher that made me read Anthem and kick her.
Back when I was young and foolish, I actually semi-bought into her Objectivism bullshit; mainly as a result of reading The Fountainhead, which has the dual distinction of being a rocketing narrative (she was clearly paying attention all those years she worked for DeMille) and having just the right amount of Us vs. Them, Integrity vs. Phillistinism, to attract any halfway credulous adolescent.Kid stuff.
I'm sooooo glad I wasn't force-fed that crap. I read a few of her "works", but found her pretty tiresome. BCNU
Scary factoid of the day-Alan Greenspan was a friend of Ayn's and is an old adherent to Objectivism. This puts a chill all along my spine.I have to bite my tongue every time one of my acquiantances starts ranting about how wonderful Rand is...especially if I'm at work.
slyboots2 wrote:Alan Greenspan was a friend of Ayn's and is an old adherent to Objectivism. This puts a chill all along my spine.*****Same here. He was very close to Rand and was long a member of her inner-circle (those weekly soirees in Manhattan with the rest of her coterie yakking away into the dawn . . . and her poor husband playing butler) and had a ringside seat for the deranged soap opera of her loony affair with Nathaniel Branden. He never talks about her publicly, to the best of my knowledge, but I doubt if her ideas are very far from his thoughts.
I love her work as fiction. So she was shortsighted and egotistical and fallible. So aren't we all.I don't so much mind calling her a con artist, but I don't think it's really accurate. Don't con artists know what they are doing when they are perpetrating a con? She herself was completely blind and bamboozled by her own logic.Has she really had so much influence? Don't most people dismiss her? I don't know. I didn't know Greenspan liked her.
Might as well call John Wayne a con artist. To understand Ayn Rand read Mises and other classical economists.
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