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Re: “Why does the right wing worship Ayn Rand?

Yuck. The Crowther essay just spoiled my lunch. He focuses way too much on Rand's presumed intent and cult following, as if that really matters these days. I kept reading his rant hoping he'd finally address the topic of his title about Rand's influence on current politics, but he hardly touched on that. Look, Rand created some interesting works of fiction that I would guess were not taken that seriously by most who read them (and enjoyed them) like me. I liked Lord of the Flies too, but it doesn't mean I've given up on humanity's ability to achieve a peaceful existence. I will say that after reading Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead in high school I never looked at the media or corporate America with as much trust, and I could understand her interest in promoting self-initiative. I wouldn't have been interested in hearing her speak or learning about her personal life, however, just as I don't want to know any more about Woody Allen the man as it might spoil my enjoyment of his films. So relax Crowther - your patronizing tone and enjoyment of mud slinging would be worthy of a seat on the Bill O'Reilly show. I only have 4 decades on me as a member Gen X, and I promise you most folks will not be reading Ayn Rand in 2011, and even if they did they'd have the common sense to take what they want from it.

Posted by Mothra! on 08/18/2011 at 2:35 PM

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