a ‘rationalization’ fix

November 11, 2013


I’m sitting in Starbucks. Day after day. This fellow comes in and reads “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. I’ve read parts. I’ve listened to interviews with Ayn Rand. I’ve watch a couple of films based on her work. She is no doubt one of the most  unattractive people I have ever heard interviewed. It is this unattractiveness that has made her career. People think she must be a serious thinker.

Anyway this guy comes into Starbucks everyday. Reads his Rand. Piece by piece. He is only the second person I have met who reads Rand. The first was a very attractive woman in her 40s who swore that Rand was our Plato. She was starting a new business and Rand was her inspiration. The guy who came into Starbucks every day and read was an actor, trying to get discovered. He was also in his 40s. I think Rand’s philosophy (Nietzsche gone rancid) suits those who are desperate and need a ‘rationalization’ fix.

I’m sure Rand is very popular with the ‘tea party’ clan.

Vanity

2 Responses to “a ‘rationalization’ fix”

  1. Dugutigui said

    Rand’s is the philosophy of the psychopath, a misanthropic fantasy of cruelty, revenge and greed. It has a fair claim to be the ugliest philosophy the postwar world has produced. Selfishness, it contends, is good, altruism evil, empathy and compassion are irrational and destructive. The poor deserve to die; the rich deserve unmediated power. It has already been tested, and has failed spectacularly and catastrophically. Yet the belief system constructed by Ayn Rand, who died long ago today, has never been more popular or influential… Like all philosophies, Objectivism is absorbed, secondhand, by people who have never read it.

  2. I agree with Dugutigui. Ayn Rand’s selfish, sophomoric philosophy is poisoning our political system today. But I do love how she stayed so very true to her ugly, egotistical nature by ignoring all of her own vitriol, and taking advantage of our much needed safety net once she acquired lung cancer from chain smoking– a practice I hear she adamantly defended.

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