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    I read a fair bit of Ayn Rand when I was in school, and those days I liked her, as she stood for individualism, rationalism, and the freedom of the will. These are noble ideals to be sure, and each is at the very heart of the material success of modern Western culture. Rand, having lived in Soviet Russia, made some excellent points about the evils of Communism. However, she failed utterly to connect those evils with her own atheism, which is where all Communism or any kind of statism starts. Now, I don't find her very appealing, and her philosophy is the antithesis of Christianity. She sought and achieved cult status, and founded what may be called cults, by creating a hodgepodge called Objectivism, by paraphrasing Aristotle, Mencken, Hazlitt, classical liberalism, with a dash of Nietzsche and the Stoics thrown in for good measure. I don’t expect novelists who turn to philosophy to be any more convincing, than anyone else capitalizing on celebrity. The problem I have with Rand's 'philosophy' is that, it seems totally materialist and ego-centered. I do think Rand had a point about some things, but her ethics is a linguistic bait and switch. She sets up a good case for some basic ground rules for how a human may better survive, but that is all. She gives you no reason for living, and all her ethical values, are in fact, only instrumental values for life-as-survival. She soon linguistically bait and switches that, for a life-as-experienced which she calls 'man qua man' and then she oscillates between the two, as it is convenient. Essentially, objectivists believe in an objective reality, that knowledge is gained through reason and logic, that one's highest moral pursuit should be one's own self-interest, and that government's role is to facilitate this pursuit. I think she is right in pointing out, that our liberal society rewards bad behavior, and then is stunned when there is MORE of it, and thus eventually collapses under the weight of increasing bad behavior. Whether intended or not, she turned a bleeding heart liberal into a conservative in the making.

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    To understand Ayn Rand you need to understand why a lot of eastern European jews many of them with communist backgrounds came to the United States embracing capitalism or libertarianism when they did. The fact of the matter is that the founders of the American neoconservative party just so happened to be a group of ex-trotskyists. In American political history it is no secret communists infiltrated the democratic party but the big secret is that they did the same with the conservative movement also. (Ayn Rand of course being a Russian jew.)

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