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Objectivism holds that reality exists independent of consciousness, that man has direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive and deductive logic, that the proper moral purpose of one's life is the pursuit of one's own happiness or rational self-interest, that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights, embodied in pure laissez faire capitalism, and that the role of art in human life is to transform man's widest metaphysical ideas, by selective reproduction of reality, into a physical form—a work of art—that he can comprehend and to which he can respond emotionally.
Rand was twelve at the time of the Russian revolution of 1917. Opposed to the Tsar, Rand's sympathies were with Alexander Kerensky. Rand's family life was disrupted by the rise of the Bolshevik party under Vladimir Lenin. Her father's pharmacy was confiscated by the Bolsheviks, and the family fled to the Crimea, which was initially under the control of the White Army during the Russian Civil War.
Originally posted by Califemme
I'm in the middle of this book right now, as Hank is being railroaded into going to Jim's wedding with Lillian... it's pretty good so far, I think I'm finally getting to the meat of the story! The videos of Ayn's interview with Mike Wallace in 1959 and Phil Donahue in 1980 are awesome as well!!
Have you read Free to Choose by Milton Friedman? That is my next book to read. I also enjoy Walter E. Williams and Thomas Sowell's articles. I find they are in the same league as Ayn.
Flag and star, thanks for posting!
According to one source, Rand was alleged to be a mistress to Philippe Rothschild, who instructed her to write the book in order to show that through the raising of oil prices, then destroying the oil fields and shutting down the coal mines, the Illuminati would take over the world. It also related how they would blow up grain mills, derail trains, bankrupt and destroy their own companies, till they had destroyed the economy of the entire world; and yet, they would be so wealthy, that it would not substantially affect their vast holdings.
Originally posted by Sestias
Dorothy Parker on "Atlas Shrugged:" "This is not a book to be taken lightly. It should be thrown with great force."
Propaganda for those too young or just too naive to understand that capitalism has its dark side too.