Gore Vidal Sums Up Ayn Rand's Philosophy

“Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society.... To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.” - Gore Vidal

Why do you think Ayn Rand has had such resonance with U.S. society, particularly its policy makers and members of the clergy? Please explain your answer.

“Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society.... To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil.”

  • Gore Vidal

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ruthandco
ruthandco

Rand herself was a child during the Bolshevik revolution and watched her middle class family lose everything and become destitute, so she at least had an excuse. For her followers, however, my best theory is that "Objectivism" is a philosophy perfectly suited for the emotional development of an adolescent. I think most of these people are stuck at this incredibly selfish and narcissistic level.

Fernandov
Fernandov

@mlw...great comments my head spins at the reversal of the incremental and patchwork "progress" such as it is. Perhaps not reversal so much as the exposing of the systemic and institutional coup by the Captains of industry and other kleptocrats. The brazenness is breathtaking, the American electorate I useless... I despair, I truly do at times. My hope is that the backlash against the "conservative" backlash that came to fruition with the election of Reagan is as strong. I marvel at the cynicism... I remember seeing coverage of candidate Reagan giving a speech on states rights not more than 30 miles, not more than 15 years removed from the national shame at Philadelphia, Mississippi.The Democrats? Phffft!

Clifton5
Clifton5

@conversation MLW: Where do you get your emoprogressive bullshit from, may I ask?

Some facts about the Obama presidency's accomplishments you've been willingly ignorant of for whatever left-wing extremist emoprogressive reason:

Also, this:

DidoCarthage
DidoCarthage

@MLW - love the term "Weimar Democrats"

JohnZambis
JohnZambis

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@MLW Great comment. I don't foresee change unless things even get worse. The mechanics of our democracy are antiquated. We need to become more Democratic.

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