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Ayn Rand at The New Libertarian
Posted by: Jon Henke on Thursday, January 05, 2006

Ayn Rand by the Fireside, by Max Borders
"A new collection of Rand commentaries lets us reminisce about her — the good, the bad and the ugly."

Most people reading this publication owe Ayn Rand a debt of gratitude. I know I do. She gave me a big box of primary Crayolas with which to begin coloring the world philosophically. When I was still in my teens, I rubbed those colors to their nubs—wandering around campus to argue with anyone that would argue back. I used a patriotic blue to color over the immorality of communism. I used deep red to draw a big X over organized religion. And I used bright yellow to color cowardliness in the spaces left by people who would evade reality and deny fundamental principles.

As I matured, I discovered secondary and tertiary hues. But these were not in the Objectivist crayon box. ... In this article, I’d like to treat you to a few of the most entertaining examples of Rand’s ramblings—that is, the best, the worst, and the ugliest of her fireside chats. In doing so, I aim not to mock a brilliant woman and an intellectual mentor, but to render her in some of those neutral hues that can only be called human

A highly recommended retrospective by TCS Daily Managing Editor Max Borders on the Russian Radical, Ayn Rand — her good, her bad and her ugly.


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Previous Comments to this Post 

I was especially tickled by the bit on political and economic reform. Rand is officially saner than Murray "blister my thumb" Rothbard.
Written By: Matt McIntosh
Matt, almost anyone would be saner than Rothbard....Towards a New Liberty was frightening.
Written By: Joe
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God, I never knew Ayn Rand was so HOT! Meow.

That dress is a little low cut though, don’t ya think?
Written By: mkultra
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So you generally have to read/absorb/agree with Ayn Rand to be neo-libertarian? That explains some things about my inability to fully embrace the movement.
Written By: Nathan
So you generally have to read/absorb/agree with Ayn Rand to be neo-libertarian?
No. As Borders noted, she’s wrong on quite a bit of things, and her philosophy is not complex enough to match the real world.

For my part, I find Ayn Rand somewhat silly. Correct on a few things, but she tends to elevate personal preference to natural laws.
Written By: Jon Henke

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