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(Reason Magazine)   What Liberals Don't Understand About Ayn Rand   (reason.com) divider line 521
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2012-08-24 11:12:44 AM  
She was really a dude.

/Won't give "reason" a click because it is named opposite of reality.
 
2012-08-24 11:18:45 AM  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVeyan_Satanism
"My religion is just Ayn Rand's philosophy with ceremony and ritual added."
- Anton LaVey, founder of The Church Of Satan
 
2012-08-24 11:21:38 AM  
That her high school ex-boyfriend was really John Galt?
 
2012-08-24 11:25:30 AM  
That she was a self-centered selfish biatch?
 
2012-08-24 11:28:47 AM  
In don't understand why she liked William Edward Hickman so much.

I mean, when the embodiment of your philosophy is someone who kidnaps and butchers little girls, don't you think you should reevaluate your views?
 
2012-08-24 11:28:53 AM  
That she was the archetype for the Dunning-Kruger effect?
 
2012-08-24 11:32:37 AM  
Her hostility to the idea of any moral obligation to others led her to argue that, while helping a friend in need is fine, doing so at the expense of something it hurts you to give up is "immoral."

I'm pretty sure I already knew that Ayn Rand's philosophy could be summarized as either "I got mine, screw you" or "fark the poor".
 
2012-08-24 11:37:44 AM  
The strength of will it took her say the things she said with a straight face?
 
2012-08-24 11:38:39 AM  

Karac: I'm pretty sure I already knew that Ayn Rand's philosophy could be summarized as either "I got mine, screw you" or "fark the poor".


Did you really post that right after posting a sentence that said the exact opposite?
 
2012-08-24 11:51:38 AM  
What Conservatives don't understand about Ayn Rand:

HER WRITINGS ARE FICTION!
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-08-24 11:51:45 AM  
That is the most only reasonable article I have read from reason. The problem is that most conservatives really do believe what TFA says liberals believe. Just talk to some.
 
2012-08-24 11:53:29 AM  
I don't understand how people can read her books and LIKE her afterwards.
 
2012-08-24 11:56:21 AM  
I just had a big fart and DAMN did it smell really bad
 
2012-08-24 11:56:50 AM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I don't understand how people can read her books and LIKE her afterwards.


Speaking of rape...
 
2012-08-24 11:57:51 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: The My Little Pony Killer: I don't understand how people can read her books and LIKE her afterwards.

Speaking of rape...


Her books rape them and then they develop Stockholme Syndrome?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-08-24 11:57:55 AM  

Azlefty: What Conservatives don't understand about Ayn Rand:

HER WRITINGS ARE FICTION!


I think Atlas Shrugged was more an anti-communist novel than anything. But it's typical for the right to take what they want from a book then claim they have some sort of intellectual basis for their policy.

Look at austerity and the Austrian school of economics in Europe. Conservatives like to imply that that is their economic position, but tax increases are a core part of the Austerity policies implemented in Germany, the UK and the countries that have been bailed out.
 
2012-08-24 12:01:58 PM  
What I could never understand is how anyone could wade through that dreck

/her writing bored me to tears
 
2012-08-24 12:03:01 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: The My Little Pony Killer: I don't understand how people can read her books and LIKE her afterwards.

Speaking of rape...

Her books rape them and then they develop Stockholme Syndrome?


Nah: the rape scene in Atlas Shrugged is terribly awkward and tremendously poorly written. Usually people stop at that point in the book because it's so insulting to the reader.

/Also, because it was a "willing" rape, she should've gotten pregnant.
 
2012-08-24 12:06:02 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: I don't understand how people can read her books learn what Mitt Romney is about and LIKE her him afterwards.


It is a strange phenomenon that isn't exclusive to Rand obviously.
 
2012-08-24 12:08:48 PM  
i159.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-24 12:12:22 PM  
I got it out from the library when I was young because I was (am) really into classical mythology. Whoops.
 
2012-08-24 12:13:00 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: The My Little Pony Killer: I don't understand how people can read her books learn what Mitt Romney is about and LIKE her him afterwards.

It is a strange phenomenon that isn't exclusive to Rand obviously.


I'm inclined to agree with your statement, but I know the only thing that anybody could possibly like about Mitt Romney is the fact that he's not Obama.
 
2012-08-24 12:14:20 PM  
I don't understand why she was against welfare and social security all of her life and then when she got old she sucked up as much social security that she could. Maybe conservatives could explain that one to us liberals.
 
2012-08-24 12:16:12 PM  

Lando Lincoln: I don't understand why she was against welfare and social security all of her life and then when she got old she sucked up as much social security that she could. Maybe conservatives could explain that one to us liberals.


don't hate the player, hate the game?
 
2012-08-24 12:18:55 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Karac: I'm pretty sure I already knew that Ayn Rand's philosophy could be summarized as either "I got mine, screw you" or "fark the poor".

Did you really post that right after posting a sentence that said the exact opposite?


The sentence I quoted said it is immoral to help the needy if doing cause requires you to actually lift a finger. How is that the opposite of what I said?
Or is there some new kind of charity I'm not familiar with that requires you to not sacrifice time or money?
 
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2012-08-24 12:22:13 PM  

Lando Lincoln: I don't understand why she was against welfare and social security all of her life and then when she got old she sucked up as much social security that she could. Maybe conservatives could explain that one to us liberals.


They aren't against Medicare and social security for THEM, only for other people.
 
2012-08-24 12:22:17 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Karac: I'm pretty sure I already knew that Ayn Rand's philosophy could be summarized as either "I got mine, screw you" or "fark the poor".

Did you really post that right after posting a sentence that said the exact opposite?


Ayn Rand would have left Valley Forge as soon as it got cloudy. This country was founded on the ability of sacrificing for the good of all.
 
2012-08-24 12:22:35 PM  

Azlefty: What Conservatives don't understand about Ayn Rand:

HER WRITINGS ARE FICTION!



Yeah, you know except for all those nonfiction works she wrote codifying her philosophy.
 
2012-08-24 12:24:55 PM  
i253.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-24 12:25:54 PM  
I don't get how conservatives can follow a violently anti-religious philosophy such as Rand's.

She f*cking hated religion and the religious and would be appalled at how the theocratic GOP is using her name to further their own ends. She also hated the Looters who produce nothing, but take all the money. You know, people like Romney.
 
2012-08-24 12:29:05 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: AdolfOliverPanties: The My Little Pony Killer: I don't understand how people can read her books learn what Mitt Romney is about and LIKE her him afterwards.

It is a strange phenomenon that isn't exclusive to Rand obviously.

I'm inclined to agree with your statement, but I know the only thing that anybody could possibly like about Mitt Romney is the fact that he's not Obama.


It's deeper than that. There has always been a push in society that there are "special" people. People who are "gifted" The conservative echo familiar religious themes of God anointed leaders, and faithful followers who prosper.
 
2012-08-24 12:29:46 PM  
In her fiction, even private charity as a vocation is despised; so, mostly, is family.Rand made little allowance for the fact that some people cannot help themselves through no fault of theirs

How one can embrace this crap and still consider himself/herself a pro-life, pro-family Christian "values voter" is beyond me.
 
2012-08-24 12:31:46 PM  
All you really need to know about Ayn Rand is that she took social security in her old age.
 
2012-08-24 12:40:21 PM  

Karac: Her hostility to the idea of any moral obligation to others led her to argue that, while helping a friend in need is fine, doing so at the expense of something it hurts you to give up is "immoral."


Is this sentence supposed to make her look good?
 
2012-08-24 12:48:53 PM  

Karac: Her hostility to the idea of any moral obligation to others led her to argue that, while helping a friend in need is fine, doing so at the expense of something it hurts you to give up is "immoral."


Breast feeding and bone marrow donation are right out, as are condoms.
 
2012-08-24 12:56:02 PM  
FTA: When pundits alarmed by Rand-style individualism scoff at the "myth" of individual autonomy, we should remember that this "myth" gave us freedom and human rights, and unleashed creative energies that raised humanity's welfare to once-unthinkable levels.

What? No it didn't. Neither of those things (freedom and human rights) derive from Rand-style individualism. And while capitalism enables creative endeavors, many of those ideas have been implemented by society, not individuals working alone.
 
2012-08-24 01:03:18 PM  
denounced as a prophet of greed and narcissism by many liberals.

No, just stupid and boring as fark
 
2012-08-24 01:04:34 PM  

Karac: The sentence I quoted said it is immoral to help the needy if doing cause requires you to actually lift a finger.


Let's have a gander.

Karac: while helping a friend in need is fine, doing so at the expense of something it hurts you to give up is "immoral."


Yeah, um no it says nothing of the sort.
 
2012-08-24 01:08:27 PM  
that a government with good intentions will ultimately fark things up beyond repair.

that liberals were to be branded as progressives 50 years before they demanded it
 
2012-08-24 01:25:24 PM  

EnviroDude: that a government with good intentions will ultimately fark things up beyond repair.


Yes, because the best government, as we all know, is one with bad intentions.
 
2012-08-24 01:25:51 PM  
ITT: The Gathering Of The Knights Of Whiteness
 
2012-08-24 01:27:40 PM  

doyner: EnviroDude: that a government with good intentions will ultimately fark things up beyond repair.


Yes, because the best government, as we all know, is one with bad intentions.


...so vote Republican?
 
2012-08-24 01:28:35 PM  

doyner: EnviroDude: that a government with good intentions will ultimately fark things up beyond repair.


Yes, because the best government, as we all know, is one with bad intentions.


look at our current state and tell me you disagree. democrats with there favors and republicans for their reforms have both made a mess of things that will take the next 40 years to dig out. Nothing says responsible financial policies like mortgaging the future of your yet to be born grandchildren so you can have "x" benefit today.
 
2012-08-24 01:30:52 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Karac: The sentence I quoted said it is immoral to help the needy if doing cause requires you to actually lift a finger.

Let's have a gander.

Karac: while helping a friend in need is fine, doing so at the expense of something it hurts you to give up is "immoral."

Yeah, um no it says nothing of the sort.


It says it is immoral to help someone if it means you give something up. So how do you help someone without actually doing anything or spending anything.
 
2012-08-24 01:32:47 PM  
Critics of the Russian-born writer miss what's important in her ideas.

So do most of her adherents, like Paul Ryan.
 
2012-08-24 01:33:19 PM  

EnviroDude: doyner: EnviroDude: that a government with good intentions will ultimately fark things up beyond repair.


Yes, because the best government, as we all know, is one with bad intentions.

look at our current state and tell me you disagree. democrats with there favors and republicans for their reforms have both made a mess of things that will take the next 40 years to dig out. Nothing says responsible financial policies like mortgaging the future of your yet to be born grandchildren so you can have "x" benefit today.


I agree with you up to the implication that one of the ways to fix it is to cut taxes.

Or start more wars.

Or do both at the same time.
 
2012-08-24 01:37:12 PM  
All one needs to understand about Rand is she is a terrible, terrible writer. I've read better prose on the back of cereal box.
 
2012-08-24 01:37:36 PM  
Today's "conservatives" are futile, impotent and, culturally, dead. They have nothing to offer and can achieve nothing. They can only help to destroy intellectual standards, to disintegrate thought, to discredit capitalism, and to accelerate this country's uncontested collapse into despair and dictatorship.

- Ayn Rand in "Conservatism: An Obituary"
 
2012-08-24 01:38:25 PM  
i26.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-24 01:43:43 PM  

Lurking Fear: She was really a dude.


name: Gordon Gecko
 
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