On When Alan Met Ayn: "Atlas Shrugged" And Our Tanked Economy

Excellent piece (almost) all around. As mentioned by some above, regardless of how much of Nietzsche Rand thought she understood, to reduce the former to the latter is a real philosophical mistake. The point about the Overman (a better translation that Superman, which doesn't capture all of the language of overcoming in texts like Zarathustra) not yet existing is a good one. I would also add that it is in fact a great love of human beings and of life in general that leads Nietzsche to many of his conclusions. This is certainly clear in Zarathustra and in earlier essays such as On the Uses and Disadvantages of History For Life.

I was surprised to learn here about Rand's alleged interest in Aristotle. I assume it is because in both the Nichomeachean Ethics and the Politics self-sufficiency is a cardinal virtue, though, needless to say, in a way completely at adds with anything in Objectivism.

Thanks for the great article, and may it lead to many more discovering just how fraudulent an intellectual Ayn Rand really is.

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 12:24 am 0

On The Worst Festivus Ever

It was George's father Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller, who came up with Festivus, if i remember correctly.

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 5:35 pm 0