Like: This Article Absolutely Eviscerating Ayn Rand

I rarely do a quick blurb and link, but I couldn’t resist.

I’ve detailed my dislike of Libertarianism, Ayn Rand*, and even Slate before, but here is Johann Hari’s excellent and scathing evisceration of Ayn Rand based on two new biographies (props to Travis for the find).

Enjoy:

http://www.slate.com/id/2233966/

*I have since attempted to actually read Atlas Shrugged and get halfway through before giving up due to inherent nonsense. Meanwhile I have read all of the fountainhead in sort-of-skimming fashion.

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One Response to Like: This Article Absolutely Eviscerating Ayn Rand

  1. dwayngerous says:

    I found that article to be less eviscerating than promised, but interesting nonetheless.

    Adam Kirsch summed up Rand’s appeal nicely in his NY Times review of “Anne Rand and the World She Made.” He writes:

    “Rand’s particular intellectual contribution, the thing that makes her so popular and so American, is the way she managed to mass market elitism — to convince so many people, especially young people, that they could be geniuses without being in any concrete way distinguished. Or, rather, that they could distinguish themselves by the ardor of their commitment to Rand’s teaching. The very form of her novels makes the same point: they are as cartoonish and sexed-up as any best seller, yet they are constantly suggesting that the reader who appreciates them is one of the elect.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/books/review/Kirsch-t.html

    BTW – I’ll take a quick blurb over a ginormous screed any day.

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