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In her own words.
1. “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed” or “Wishing won’t make it so.”
2. “You can’t eat your cake and have it, too.”
3. “Man is an end in himself.”
4. “Give me liberty or give me death.”
In more depth (also her own words)
My philosophy, Objectivism, holds that:
Does conveniently disregard the practical realities of things, and is a bit high on hyperbolic straw-men, but there you go.
Thanks!! Great summary.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs. - John Rogers
Rand was not writing a story, she was delivering a message. As such, there are no characters, only types. The champion of radical individualism and selfishness herself portrayed no individual characters, only talking viewpoints.
Liam, I'll be quoting that frequently. ;)
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life...
That is truly a good one.
And this is the characteristic of individuals and groups who find different ideas to be a threat: denigrate and minimize them, in the hopes this will discredit them.
Mockery is a valid form of critique, especially to display contempt for unserious efforts at a thing which we are then asked to take seriously. Not a sign of feeling threatened. It is not an attempt to discredit, or disprove.
I find mockery to be powerful and sometimes fun, but not logically valid, and I think it generally serves the interest of the side that's wrong. (The side that's right has more substantive comments.) It's a logic-free way of "winning" an argument, and I find that to be a problem.
I'll think abt Liam's comments about not taking seriously that which doesn't deserve it (and wonder when it's appropriate).
And I was one of those laughing at this. I still like it. I was a little ashamed to, but it's the truth.
If I could find a comm class at my college that could explain either how rational argument could win over sneering, or how you use sneering and still be on the side of the angels, I'd sign up in a heartbeat!