Philosophical aspirations, novels, and a manifesto of sorts (For The New Intellectual) soon followed.
Her work champions a pseudo-philosophy she labels "Objectivism," glorifies the preeminence of the individual's self-serving whim, condemns inhabitants of Africa and Asia as "savages", derides the failure of the modern "intellectual" to wholeheartedly endorse laissez-faire capitalism, disastrously misunderstands the meaning of the term "altruism", and, what is more, paints in dripping shades of unintended irony a portrait of an envisaged utopia not far removed from the authoritarian dystopia she fled in her youth.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged.
One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. Ayn Rand (1905-1982), born Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, was a Russian-American novelist, screenwriter and playwright.
She justified her affair with nonsense, but when Branden was caught sleeping with a model and used the same justification, she beat the shit out of him, shut down her schools (because this guy funded it), and generally went off the deep end.
She allegedly said, "If you have an ounce of moral decency, you'll be impotent for the rest of your life!Rand claimed to be a philosopher, though she preferred the title "Objectivist." Objectivism is a political movement based on Rand's teachings.In actual fact, her simplistic versions of philosophy were misunderstandings of Aristotelian metaphysical notions formulated thousands of years ago.If it hadn't appealed to so many 50's & 60's sci-fi fans, maybe her pernicious views wouldn't have ended up getting filtered to "ethically-challenged" people in tech who want to delete all our jobs (and, to be fair, into the American movie business as well).Rand was born in Petrograd, which would later become Leningrad and then finally St. When the Bolsheviks took power, it wasn't so much that they merely took her money, but that they took everything from her family; their business and home were confiscated (by Lenin of all people), and they nearly starved to death.When a noted economist relayed through a third party that she "reasoned like a man", she replied "Really?! " And walked around the rest of the day with the biggest shit-eating grin on her face.Although Objectivism has never incorporated itself as a religion under American law (Rand was an eloquent atheist), its theological reclusiveness as regards opposing argument, and the Star Chamber arbitrariness of its internal workings during its pomp some decades ago, mark this belief as unmistakably analogous to Scientology in general...with the one-liner "To live, man must hold three things as the supreme and ruling values of his life: Reason, Purpose, Self-esteem." Detractors feel that Rand considered all those properties to be perfectly expressed in herself.Whatever the case may be, Objectivism is essentially libertarianism with hangups, usually disguised as pseudologic.I did not succumb, as a kid, to being enthused by Ayn Rand, and that sense of power, as every kid was at one time until they outgrew it.The old bag sent over a list of fifteen conditions for appearing with me, or for appearing with anyone, I guess.