Skip to comments.Call It 'Atlas Snubbed'
Posted on 07/21/2011 3:45:14 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
Love for Ayn Rand goes unrequited. Libertarians love her, but she rejected them as "emotional hippies of the right." Conservatives love her, but she opposed Ronald Reagan, saying, "His likeliest motive for entering the Presidential race is power lust." Right-leaning Christians love her, but she was an atheist, an abortion supporter and a champion of the anti-Christian ideal that selfishness is a virtue. She also called religion a "sign of a psychological weakness." Her fans -- including Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, talk radio's Rush Limbaugh and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas -- would be crushed to learn she might never love them back, either. Ms. Rand has been dead since 1982, but today she's as loved as ever. Her 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged" champions laissez-faire capitalism and individual achievement. She vilifies communism, socialism and unionism. She dubs government redistribution of wealth immoral. Some of her ideas are central to the American Dream. But Ms. Rand did much of her writing while hopped up on amphetamines and nicotine. And like most people who abuse this combination, she went too far. She crafted philosophical arguments and wrote bizarre works of fiction to prove their premises. Then, in the delusional grandiosity that only chemicals can inspire, she declared herself, "the most creative thinker alive."
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Agree 110% with her on these points!
‘If you can’t attack the message, then attack the messenger’ ping.
Ayn Rand promulgated some great truths about government snd the virtues of self reliance. I accept her philosophy for it's truth and allow her the failing all humans have. I can't see a better way.
Oh no, not....nicotine!
Im so conservative John Galt asks “Who is Dainbramage?”
The difference between Conservatives and Libertals is that Conservatives do not demand complete ideological orthidoxy in all things. Liberals are always looking for a way to destroy those opposed to them, so any deviations are a reason to hate somebody. But Conservatives are allowed to listen to, to be friends with, and learn from people from anyplace on the political spectrum. We might not agree, but we don’t have to hate.
The irony of philosophical atheism is that, whether you go left with it, or right, you will meet on the backside of the world — as a libertarian.
But her real philosophical work goes unread. Rand's "Objectivist Epistemology" is brilliant. She lays out a cogent and concise theory of concepts and explains how humans acquire knowledge. It should be must-reading for everyone who plans on teaching.
Of course, bashing her admittedly quixotic lifestyle is tons more fun -- and so easy, too!
Well. It didn’t take long for this to rear its ugly head! Now we know Ann was a pil popper. I feel so much better now. Course, she can never defend herself to the author of this piece of crap.
If Newton had beaten his wife, would apples still fall from the tree?
Rand new what evil looked like, she just couldn’t/wouldn’t recognize its source.
Not right there, dangling at the end of her fingers or tipped at an angle from her pursed lips! ;-)
Newton was an odd duck who never even had a wife and was extremely and oddly religious therefore I reject the notion of gravity and adhere to the time-tested notion of crystal spheres.
Daily I find more wisdom and common sense here at FR than in the commercial media - sheesh!
Anyone who agrees with anyone 100% of the time is an idiot.
Extrapolating from molehill to mountain is always a bad course of action.
Mountainizing will always lead you astray
Did the author even bother to read a summary of Atlas Shrugged? Corporations were happily using government to crush competition all the way through the book. The beggars on the street played a very small part in the novel compared to the ones in the board rooms.
Thomas Sowell, Ph.d claimed that criticizing capitalism as immoral would be like blasting calculus because it doesn't have vitamins. It is an economic system not a political system and describes human activity necessary for production.
Interesting way to frame. Is Propaganda 101 a core requirement at 'Journalism' school nowadays? Do they teach anything else? And from the Wall St. Journal, too.
They were diet pills, which a lot of people took in those days. When another doctor questioned her on her routine, she mentioned those pills, the doctor told her to stop and she did.
And she criticized Gov. Reagan for his teaming up with the Moral Majority.
And even though I was something of an admirer of Ayn Rand, I voted for Reagan anyway.
Newton didn’t have a wife. He had other issues including regularly having nervous breakdowns, wanting anyone who steals something to be summarily executed, and believing in alchemy. By all accounts not a very nice guy but a total genius.
Publius, here is one for TheList ;)
and ColK, it certainly is a given that those of us on this side of the political spectrum, had better be prepared for the reality that Lock Step Thinking is NOT something that we do ; }
May God give us strength.
and most of our founding fathers cultivated and used various (now illegal) drugs.
“”But she did not imagine executives would loot their shareholders, cause an economic crisis and then beg for government help.
Her brand of laissez-faire capitalism led to corporations growing bigger and bigger until “too-big-to-regulate” became “too-big-to-fail.” She never imagined big business telling big government what to do or a government that only takes over failing businesses — not successful ones.””
Whoa. I wonder what color the sky is in the author’s world? Wasn’t it Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, aka “Big Government” who told “Big Banking” that they had to loan money to unqualified buyers, that grew the housing bubble, and of course, brought about the inevitable collapse of said bubble?
And don’t forget “Big Unions” wielding their none too inconsiderable clout to dictate to “Big Auto”? Not to mention their political influence, (see the ultimate in Big Government, aka Barack Hussein Obama).
Unbelievable really, the kind of stuff that gets presented as reality.
May God give us strength.
Newton also used and abused his position as President of the Royal Society to discredit and slander his literary and scientific rivals. (He would have called them enemies.)
Not a nice man at all.
KarlInOhio posted -
“”Corporations were happily using government to crush competition all the way through the book.””
Right to the point Bump!
And then having the abrupt, and decidedly unpleasant reality dawn upon the weak entities, that Government then went on to crush them in turn, in order to gain complete control.
It would be a an even better story, if it were not unfolding before us today : /
That’s a morning ping!
I completely, absolutely, 100% agree with you on that.
Ahem. Although I might well disagree with you on some other things.
And a atheist's ability to discern the moral from the immoral derives from......?
Her fans — including Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — would be crushed to learn she might never love them back, either
That’s right, them conservatives are too stupid to know anything about Ayn Rand other than she wrote “Atlas Shrugged”.
Why they probably don’t even know how to pronounce her name!
Agreed as always.
Al Lewis writes poorly-reasoned articles full of flawed analogies, foolishly believing that they make him appear to be intelligent and erudite.
Truth is truth, no matter the source. Conservatives are smart enough to find the diamonds and discard the dirt when it comes to ideas.
It also amazes me that the Left doesn’t think we know who Ayn Rand was...as if these revelations are simply earth-shattering!
It's called 'crony capitalism'. Obama supports it in spades. Perry appears to be a big fan too, so the powers that be will likely be covered by both parties this election.
This article on Rand is written with a pen full of acid. But it’s interesting nonetheless.
Read it along with our first FReeper Book Club from 2009. Some of the FReepers who commented on those threads were among the most erudite people on his site.
FReeper Book Club: Introduction to Atlas Shrugged
Part I, Chapter I: The Theme
Part I, Chapter II: The Chain
Part I, Chapter III: The Top and the Bottom
Part I, Chapter IV: The Immovable Movers
Part I, Chapter V: The Climax of the dAnconias
Part I, Chapter VI: The Non-Commercial
Part I, Chapter VII: The Exploiters and the Exploited
Part I, Chapter VIII: The John Galt Line
Part I, Chapter IX: The Sacred and the Profane
Part I, Chapter X: Wyatts Torch
Part II, Chapter I: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Part II, Chapter II: The Aristocracy of Pull
Part II, Chapter III: White Blackmail
Part II, Chapter IV: The Sanction of the Victim
Part II, Chapter V: Account Overdrawn
Part II, Chapter VI: Miracle Metal
Part II, Chapter VII: The Moratorium on Brains
Part II, Chapter VIII: By Our Love
Part II, Chapter IX: The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
Part II, Chapter X: The Sign of the Dollar
Part III, Chapter I: Atlantis
Part III, Chapter II: The Utopia of Greed
Part III, Chapter III: Anti-Greed
Part III, Chapter IV: Anti-Life
Part III, Chapter V: Their Brothers Keepers
Part III, Chapter VI: The Concerto of Deliverance
Part III, Chapter VII: This is John Galt Speaking
Part III, Chapter VIII: The Egoist
Part III, Chapter IX: The Generator
Part III, Chapter X: In the Name of the Best Within Us
Coda: Ten Years After
Afterword and Suggested Reading
The Bible acknowledges that humans know right from wrong even before encountering The Word through Christ or Scripture. So this is really no new question. It's the same old question of what you have faith in--the concept of man having morals within is not contrary to either atheism or Judeo-Christian thought.
So Ayn Rand's atheism was biblically based?
I'm not a big fan of personality cults. That sort of thing is what got us into this mess.
And there you have it, bottom line.
Why does this keep coming up as an issue? She was a vulgar, crude, ugly, grandiose and cruel person. Who she was doesn't really have much to do with what she created.
If we conservatives insisted on our artists being decent people...well, then we'd have no art at all.
It's pretty safe to post on those threads that she is running (a slealth campaign) for POTUS now that only the blessed (like you) can see the signs of and that she will win in a landslide. Begging her to run works too. Anything else and you risk having your mother called a ..., OPPPS, I mean a PDS.....
"He made me vote for Newt!"
<skeptical looks and quiet shuffling>
(sheepishly) "...in a straw poll"
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