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But there was a reason why all of them left Russia in those days in a hurry. Because they could not handle the heat so moved to greener pastures.
I just wanted to bring it up for everyone to learn and discuss about the influence she had.
Personally, I think I would have despised her, although I agree with SOME of what she says.
Sorry I'm late to the party.
It wasn't too long after I had read Atlas Shrugged that Ayn Rand was a guest on Phil Donahue show, late 79/early80.
The hate being thrown her way was very appalling.
That is to say that those who believe in that approach believe in it religiously and tend to combine it with a Christian spin.
The fact that Christ would have a mini-stroke over the association seems lost on so many and it boggles my mind. It's like starting a violent biker gang and then claiming that your club is actually based upon the teachings of Gandhi - just tweaked to apply to meth sales and killing people.
Consider me guilty of not reading this entire thread. I'm confused about whether we're debating Ayn Rand, the beliefs (hypocrises of) Christians, Conservatives (many of the them Christians), Conservatives (fiscal or social), Socialists, Libertarians, etc. I can tell you as a social libertarian, conservative, non-sectarian business owner that her words speak to me.
Like I said, some of her points I agree with totally - others I find reprehensible.
why should it matter?
But the big issue I saw (and by which I was prompted to start this thread) was that many who ride beneath her banner don't know what she was all about. I wanted to bring it all to light. To try to ensure that everyone understands what she was really talking about, and not just parroting something they thought they heard or read.
But the progress of Randian scholarship has by no means been a straight line of ascent. The Old Guard who knew Rand looks with unconcealed horror at the new scholarship exploring the genesis and structure of objectivist theory. Nor would the grande dame herself have been pleased by all this academic attention: She once threatened to sue a professor for writing a critical study of her work.
And yet Rand's very status as an intellectual outsider has won her work admission into the countercultural canon. The news will not have reached undergraduates, still giddy at seeing the world from the heights of Atlas Shrugged. But Ayn Rand--already a perennial, even a classic, of American popular culture--has entered the academic marketplace, big time.
THE HEIRS OF AYN RAND: HAS OBJECTIVISM GONE SUBJECTIVE?, Scott McLemee