atlas-shrugged

“ATLAS SHRUGGED,” A NOVEL THAT PREACHES THE FERENGI CONCEPT OF OBJECTIVISM AND THE EVILS OF ALTRUISM AND HANDOUTS, WAS MADE INTO A TWO-PART FILM. PART ONE WAS SUCH A FINANCIAL FAILURE THAT THE PRODUCTION TEAM TURNED TO KICKSTARTER TO ASK FANS TO DONATE THE FUNDING FOR PART TWO. THEY REFUSED TO SEE THE IRONY IN THIS. 

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.
—  Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

regretfuloldman  asked:

Opinions on Ayn rand and the prince? I've heard they are pretty destructive books

I haven’t read anything by Rand, and I’ve only read small bits from The Prince, so I’m probably not the best person to ask. What I’ve heard and read about Rand’s books, though, makes me not want to read them… ever. (Check out the notes from this post, and you’ll see opinions on Rand from people better qualified than I am to give them.) 

That said, I still post about her because she’s an important literary and philosophical figure; and I believe there’s nothing wrong with reading books that contain ideas we disagree with. How else do we learn what we believe? Or what we feel is right versus wrong?

Below is a screenshot from someone who refuses to follow me because I posted a photo of Rand’s books. It’s fine if @randomshoes doesn’t want to follow me based on one post. But macrolit isn’t a personal blog. I don’t post only books I’ve read and loved, and I often post about books and authors I don’t like at all because others may feel differently. For instance, I think I can eat a can of alphabet soup and crap out better books than Heart of Darkness or The Inheritance of Loss, but I still post about them because others don’t feel the same. 

As far as The Prince, I think there are some business lessons to be learned from it, but I’m not interested in reading it because I don’t subscribe to the ideas it posits about gaining and holding power.

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People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.
—  Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.
—  Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.
—  Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

One of the major turning points in being a libertarian is realizing that a supermajority of the criticism you hear of Ayn Rand is just virtue signalling, and that easily 80 percent of the people you hear bashing Atlas Shrugged have never actually read it. And I say this as someone who only admittedly has only gotten maybe an eighth of the way through it.

Easy way to demonstrate. Bring up Ayn Rand in any academic setting. Let the hate flow. Once people do their piece, ask them what they thought of, say, James Taggart.

I’d say one in ten will be able to respond.

Whatever you choose to consider, be it an object, an attribute or an action, the law of identity remains the same. A leaf cannot be a stone at the same time, it cannot be all red and all green at the same time, it cannot freeze and burn at the same time. A is A. Or, if you wish it stated in simpler language: You cannot have your cake and eat it, too.

    Are you seeking to know what is wrong with the world? All the disasters that have wrecked your world, came from your leaders’ attempt to evade the fact that A is A. All the secret evil you dread to face within you and all the pain you have ever endured, came from your own attempt to evade the fact that A is A. The purpose of those who taught you to evade it, was to make you forget that Man is Man.

—  John Galt’s Speech, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand