cynic wrote:Mark Tiedemann wrote: The only problem I have with Rand---and it's a big one---is that she only cared about the freedom of individuals who she thought "deserved" it. If you weren't a polymath, hypercreative, singularly autonomous, you then probably needed other people's help and so didn't count. She completely failed to recognize that the Americans she thought so highly of couldn't have done any of what they did without the community upon which they depended (whether they acknowledged it or not). For her, such men (and a few women) sprang fully actualized and complete from the head of some bizarre Zeus.
these fantasies and bizzare rhetorical condemnations are not uncommon .
after hearing these horror stories myself, and coming to use the information available, it became clear that they are often warped, paranoid fabrications .
charity is fine . when it is voluntary. everyone is entitled to the same rights and protections, none more, none less.
don't believe me (as if that is at all likely ).
beside reading the work, you can see mike wallace and phil donahue tear into this sick evil waste of protoplasm on video'.
they address most of the same disgusting vicious attitudes that concern you.
go to google video and witness for yourself the venomspitting heartless slavedriving harpie spread her wicked words.
Thank you no. I spent a good part of my adolescence reading everything she wrote and spent the better part of the next five years getting over it. At best, it is a skewed view of reality. Her contention that capitalism is the only "natural" economic system is sufficient to make the rest suspect. Economic systems are none of them natural, they always favor those most adept at their inner workings, and it presumes homo sapien sapiens is made for little other than to build mechanisms designed to promote some at the expense of others. Granted, history would lend credence to that view, but I think it would also suggest it is worth finding a way to get past zero-sum games.
Rand doesn't disgust me, she simply failed, ultimately, to make a convincing argument. Some of her followers, however...yeah, they disgust me. In some ways they remind me of third or fourth generation christians, the ones who hunted pagans down in the streets after enacting laws to banish their beliefs.