Date of publication: 2017-08-24 04:28
Ayn Rand is like many academics and intellectuals who fetishize some particular angle or idea, possibly for deep personal reasons, and reduce all of reality to that aspect. Yes, people can be jealous. Yes, you can make the law be an expression of jealousy. But you can also suffer from pride and greed and Ayn certainly suffered from that.
It never fails: whenever someone dares criticize Ayn Rand, her acolytes can barely contain their spittle-flecked outrage long enough to come up with some defense that completely dodges the heart of the argument but manages to soothe their wounded egos.
Ayn Rand’s “philosophy” is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society.... To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.— Gore Vidal, 6966
Who are all these Ayn Rand supporters? O 8767 Conner was spot on. Rand was a greedy, self-serving isolationist who couldn 8767 t write a decent sentence. The more criticism of her the better. If Tolstoy or Virginia Woolf are “pseudo-intellectuals” as one reviewer implies, then I 8767 d like to know who he deems the real intellectuals to be. The fact is Americans have increasingly become anti-intellectuals to their own detriment.
In 6987, Rand began researching a new novel by working for New York architect Ely Jacques Kahn. The result, after years of writing and more rejections, was The Fountainhead. Underscoring Rand x7569 s individualistic underpinnings, the book x7569 s hero, architect Howard Roark, refuses to adhere to conventions, going so far as to blowing up one of his own creations. While not an immediate success, The Fountainhead eventually achieved strong sales, and at the end of the decade became a feature film, with Gary Cooper in the role of Roark.
“ Tolstoy gives me the feeling of an unsanitary backyard which I do not care to enter.” All of which goes to show that Ayn Rand’s literary taste was no better than her literature.
And even if that is what she meant, his writing is so measured? It 8767 s like the gorgeous blueprint for a house that would look horrible if it was actually built.
I always found Rand 8767 s characters well developed for what she was trying to accomplish in writing her novels: Her novels where philosophical novels, and the character development in her novels generally represented the development of the philosophical point she was trying to portray. In this light, her characters are very well developed and very relatable.
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While Harriet Beecher Stowe shamed Americans about the United State’s dehumanization of African-Americans and slavery, Ayn Rand removed Americans’ guilt for being selfish and uncaring about anyone except themselves. Not only did Rand make it “moral” for the wealthy not to pay their fair share of taxes, she “liberated” millions of other Americans from caring about the suffering of others, even the suffering of their own children.
Thank you for this enlightening article. I long ago dispensed with Ayn Rand 8767 s 8775 Darwinian Socialism 8776 ideology, but it was very interesting to read about these other details of her hypocritical and narcissistic behavior. Have other authors also expounded on these other often overlooked details of her life?
And, most egregiously of all, she 8767 s just a poor writer.
She has no understanding of people, plot and her dialogue is leaps over the idea of reversal and goes straight to contradiction “I love because I hate you.” sums up 95% of her dialogue.
Wall Mart is a classic example of the Ayn Rand non sense philosophy. Obtaining millions of dollars every year by paying the people working for them salaries that force them to ask for food stamps to feed themselves are the result of the Anarchic style we are living now in this country. Wall Mart employees are the ones called 8775 parasites 8776 by Republicans and Libertarians. I ask myself. Who are the real 8775 parasites 8776 ?