Who is Whittaker Chambers? A nobody. The only reason his name is mentioned today is in connection with his smears of Ayn Rand, who 50 years later still sells millions of books. If you want to have an opinion of a controversial author like Rand the only way is to read her works yourself.
I've read Rand. She's a third-rate novelist and a fourth-rate philosopher.
And Chambers is primarily known today for reasons that have nothing to do with Rand.
I always preferred Buckley to Rand. Apparently publishing Whittaker Chambers' review of Atlas Shrugged -- which WFB said went a bit too far -- in National Review caused a major rift between Rand and Buckley. They had some philosophical differences ... mostly that he didn't share her general disdain for all altruism, not just feigned altruism of the government variety.
Rand has her moments. She makes some solid points, and I generally like her work. But, there are limitations to her philosophy.
Objectivism is basically the celebration of being a sociopath.
Sociopath is in style. Me first, always...
I'm a little late to this conversation, obviously, but I respect Rand and agree with her main points.
So how are you liking "The Fountainhead," Stephen?
I finished it. Its great! Not as good as Atlas Shrugged, but I enjoyed it all the same
Cool. I liked The Fountainhead a little better because it focused more one one character. But Atlas Shrugged went a lot deeper and I liked the mystery aspect.