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originally posted by: ketsuko
Actually coffee by itself is not to my taste.
So you are guilty of using those memes? I hope not. They are shallow and generally poorly thought out.
originally posted by: Hefficide
Rand wants to paint a picture of a world where only Michael Jordan merits playing. Without the team, and the support they provide, he's nothing. Without him, the team is mediocre. It's symbiotic - something Rand doesn't just miss - but openly demonizes.
What bothers me is not that Rand had her ideas, nor that people choose to like them. It's that so many in the current Republican party, holding high office, list her works as an influence. Hell, the hero of the Right is freaking named after her. That is a blatant sign of the disaster playing out before us.
We used to be a country with a Constitution where it was for all people but that is long gone now that DC is owned by Big Money who do not represent their majority of Americans.
originally posted by: jacobe001
Going on the religious side a bit: I recall from my younger years that Satanism to the core is the celebration of the Self. I have no need for anyone else or anything or God even. I do it all on my own.
Some accuse LaVey of paraphrasing the Nine Satanic Statements from Rand's Atlas Shrugged without acknowledgement, though others maintain that LaVey was simply drawing inspiration from the novel. LaVey later affirmed the connection with Rand's ideas by stating that LaVeyan Satanism was "just Ayn Rand's philosophy, with ceremony and ritual added"
originally posted by: TheSpanishArcher
a reply to: jacobe001
Would you say it's ALL because of Rand or that her writings are just another brick in the wall? Again, it's not that I'm a fan of hers but I do like fairness. I'd think the latter and I do realize the question is flawed. Is she a brick, a huge influence or a small influence would be more proper, I think.
Her books were fiction, more fantasy to say the least, and she had a thing for certain quirks and fetishes, which are shown in her main protagonists books.