The Wildlife News
Ten years ago I sat down and read Michael Crichton’s novel State of Fear. While far from his best work, it was his usual roller coaster of a techno-thriller. And, rather strangely, it was blatantly Ayn Rand-like in its political speeches that attempted to convince the reader that the government and the environmental movement conspired to keep you in a state of fear in order that you could be controlled. His was one of the first loud voices of the climate change deniers to use pseudo-science claims, his propelled by compelling, cliff hanging scenes. I thought, well hell, two can play that game.
Soon, they were introducing Hodgman, but which Hodgman would it be? The Deranged Millionaire? The Resident Expert? Ayn Rand?
See, if your manifesto had been written in Buffalo it would say things like “Try to get that first shift at least three times per week.” Or, “Even though you’re exhausted, go easy on the coffee.” Or “You can’t ask John Galt for a living wage.”
Because I’m loathe to pull punches, I’ll admit to liking Atlas Shrugged, and Ayn Rand, in college.
Some of her non-Atlas writing, especially about the Soviet Union, was pretty spot on. (I was, and remain, pretty hawkish on all things Soviet, including modern-day reincarnations. I’ve never been a great fan of bullies.)
As the alpacas march off to the lollipop factory to get their jobs, they discover things aren’t fair. The first alpaca, “Happy,” is the daughter of the CEO, gets to be “VP of synergy,” a job no one understands but it pays well because her dad is rich. Happy’s father is shown in a painting holding a copy of The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, because everyone knows Rand is evil.
“There’s nothing as significant as the human face,” wrote Ayn Rand in The Fountainhead. “Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything.”
Leaving her politics aside, Rand captured in those lines our fascination with faces, and our irrational belief that they embody a person’s soul. But they do not – they are, by definition, a front.
Bacon's Rebellion (VA)
He draws a lot of his thinking from Ayn Rand, the famous thinker, refugee from the Bolsheviks and backer of her own brand of anti-government capitalism. It may interest Brat that by today’s standards, Rand would have been an illegal immigrant.
Times of Israel - Avital Pilpel (Jerusalem)
Recently, various people in the public eye, from protesters to professors, openly declared their allegiance to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of egoism, known as ‘Objectivism’. The reaction to these people is, typically, that Rand’s view are morally dangerous and selfish. I believe that this is a slander on Rand’s character.
The Daily News (Newburyport, MA)
I came across someone who could not agree with my compromise issues. The person totally raked me over the coals. He used a quote by Ayn Rand, the radical Russian immigrant, a believer in capitalism and the theory of Objectivism. I am a believer in capitalism, but my capitalists have a public duty to good of society; not so with Any Rand.
She wrote, “There are two sides to every issue; one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.”
Brien Lundin is a co-founder and director of Thunderstruck Resources. He runs the New Orleans Investment Conference which has featured influential speakers such as Ayn Rand, Margaret Thatcher and Alan Greenspan.