Thursday, April 30, 2009
Okay, I've never gotten into Ayn Rand and only know her work secondhand. But this is good snark (via Brian Leiter):
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.
Which person do you most wish the media would stop referring to as a "philosopher":
Jacques Derrida ... 21% (367)
Ayn Rand ... 75% (1330)
Leo Strauss ... 4% (77)
So I don't think there's any doubt what philosophers' answer would be.
40 years go by and we are still asking, who is John Gault?
It presumed to describe a socialist society, were everyone got what they needed, and had to give what they could. But the author fucks it up in the second sentence where she describes that the good men had to slave 24/7, while the slackers were pampered - so it seems it wasn't a society where people got according to needs, or gave what they could.
It just went downhills from there.