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October 26, 2012

Who read Ayn Rand as a kid?

/raises hand

I did. I still go back and read Anthem every so often. Don’t judge me. It’s a nostalgia thing. Given that I am me, as a kid when I found an author that I liked I read every word they ever wrote. So, I’ve read everything by Ayn Rand including her “non-fiction.”

I also read the entire Dune series as a kid as well as Anne of Green Gables and all subsequent additions to the mythos.

As a result I examined my own political and social views.

Guess what? My views matured as I did. They weren’t overly influenced by Atlas Shrugged because it’s a crappy book that I still maintain would have benefited strongly from a particularly judicious editor. But even aside from that. I grew up.

My views on politics and society are not based on a crappy book of fiction, or even several crappy books of fiction that I read at thirteen!

Why do we take these people seriously? The cult of a clinically insane woman who couldn’t even adhere to her own doctrine, who lauded the refusal to compromise, up to and including violence is the basis for a hell of a lot of the Republican Party’s platform.

This. Is. Fucking. Crazy. I mean that in the clinical sense. The lack of critical thinking, long term planning and repetition of failed policy is, by definition, not sane.

Who votes for these people.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 4, 2012 5:50 PM

    **raising my hand**
    Here’s my Atlas Shrugged post.

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