Ayn Rand is not worthy of worship.

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Come on- Ayn Rand was obsessed with a serial killer named William Hickman.  He was a sociopath, and she aspired to be just like him.   He killed and dismembered a 12-year-old girl and felt no remorse, and she lauded this as admirable.

This is the “amazing picture” Ayn Rand — guru to the Republican/Tea Party right-wing — admired when she wrote in her notebook that Hickman represented “the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatsoever for all that a society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. A man who really stands alone, in action and in soul. Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should.” [source]

Just read any of her books- The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, etc.  Her cavalier treatment of rape should be disturbing to any discerning individual. Her conception of “ethical egoism” was nothing more than a denial of her responsibility to her fellow man.  There is no such thing as justice when everyone is so savagely individualistic that they cannot see that their plight is intimately interrelated with the plight of others.  Today’s crisis proves exactly that- globalization connected all of our markets and when one market fails, all are endangered [see: Greece]

While I respect reason, or man’s capacity for rational thought, I cannot elevate it above all else.  Our perceptions inform our reason, and our perceptions are subjective.  Thus, all “rational thought” is constrained and subjective.  We are finite beings, incapable of all-encompassing thought.  Elevating reason of all is fallacious reasoning in itself.  Human reason is not absolute.

Rand saw her views as constituting an integrated philosophical system, which she called “Objectivism.” Its essence is “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.[68]Her philosophy has been described pejoratively as “pseudophilosophy”.[69]

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I don’t even have to say anything about the failure of the free market.

So, nope, Ayn Rand is not worthy of worship.

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4 responses to “Ayn Rand is not worthy of worship.

  1. Though a fan of Rand’s writings I never thought of her as one to be worshiped…
    Ed

  2. I have yet to read Ayn Rand. I need to see what the fascination is about. But as a Christian, I cannot fully embrace “ethical egoism” and the message of the Cross and being my “brother’s keeper”.

    • aconerlycoleman

      I agree wholeheartedly.

      I read her works in high school. I couldn’t get behind her ideas.

  3. aconerlycoleman

    @Ed B,

    I’m clearly not addressing you, then. But thank you for reading my blog.

    -A

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