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The Problem With Ayn Rand

"He knew that he could have no respect for any system that was not his own."

Unfortunately, this is not the formula for a workable society. Sorry, Ayn. You've failed the logic test. You lose.


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Jul. 29th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
I have noticed that just about all the Objectivists I know are social misfits. I think this might be why.
Jul. 29th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
The problem with "Atlas Shrugged" specifically is that Ayn Rand seems to think that all super-competent people fundamentally agree on how to run things, and therefore if they are allowed to run things, everyone will benefit.

In her view, the alternative is that things are run by a committee of the grossly incompetent, and within months, the world is brought to its knees.

The difficulty is that actual society is structured such that once you have a large group making committee decisions for an even larger group, it doesn't matter whether the members of the individual committees are intelligent or not. The result tends to be the same.
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