In a symbolic move to teach "personal responsibility," an Idaho lawmaker wants every high school student in the state to read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." Do you think this is a good idea?
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- Sorry I missed your post. I have no hatred for Ayn Rand it's just that most people I've met that have read and enjoyed Atlas Shrugged remind me of the character Dwight Schrute from The Office.
German Fascism had a lot in common with Ayn Rand's philosophy of objectivism. I really don't care to type out the connections and explanations but just keep in mind the Third Reich's creative class, all its talented John Galts willingly and even cheerfully designed weapons, buillt death camps and fought an aggressive war. And those German John Galts did not defect, they keep the Nazi state running right up to the end.
When Ayn Rand was sick with cancer she was still willing to collect money and benefits from Social Security and Medicare. To hide the fact she filed under her birth name Alisa Rosenbaum. I don't fault her for that because it takes a truly committed person to value your principals above your own life -that kind of courage is rare.What I find sad is her supposed friends did not pass the hat around and share their resources to help her out -they stayed selfish to the end (maybe out of principal).
Feb 10, 2013
- The thrust of Rand's philosophy is that we as humans belong to ourselves, not others, not a government, and her case as an atheist not to a God. This is definitely at odds with any form of totalitarian ideology including fascism. Your narrow example in no way invalidates Rand's philosophy or successfully argues her philosophy was a form of fascism. Many of Rand's writings deal directly with the problems of totalitarianism.
I am unaware of the circumstances of Rand's dependence on SS or Medicare, I don't believe in either system either. I'd rather have that money in a 401k or insurance program. However I have paid into both for a large portion of my life so I don't see any conflict.Feb 10, 2013
- I don't get it. After all this effort to force Christianity into schools, Connies are now pushing a book by a Russian Pro-Abortion Atheist?Feb 10, 2013
- The book worships the true God... money.Feb 10, 2013
- I can accept an atheist. Your spiritual beliefs are your business. However atheists seem to have a problem tolerating the spiritual beliefs of others.Feb 11, 2013
- Ayn Rand certainly did. Near the end of her life in the late 1970's supposedly she often talked about the need for Objectivists to undermine and if possible stamp out religion. Ayn Rand was against all irrational expressions including art, literature and even love. In someways she was the ultimate expression of Calvinism -of course without the element of God. Ayn Rand is part of a long line of thinkers that tried to justify the excesses of an elite by claiming there was a hidden greater good in their actions -and all the rest of us should accept that until the new utopia comes.Feb 11, 2013
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