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Anonymous 17/02/17(Fri)01:00 No. 12819 ID: f7426b
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Why does Ayn Rand get so much criticism? I've only read The Fountainhead from her but from what I gather objectivism seems like it makes sense. It's kind of like this rational self interest that's similar to Nietzsche's philosiphy


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Anonymous 17/02/17(Fri)01:18 No. 12820 ID: 74fa81

The Fountainhead is NOT considered Rand's magnum opus. It's Atlas Shrugged. Until you slog through that phone book of a treatises-disguised-as-a-novel, you will not understand either side of the Randian argument.


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Anonymous 17/04/12(Wed)09:07 No. 12892 ID: 51e6eb

She is in temporary heaven right now, thinking: Boy I made a mistake.


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Anonymous 17/11/24(Fri)01:21 No. 13317 ID: 7c7e69
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I think that Ms. Rand was an untalented but important author, but that isn't the source of the bulk of criticism against her philosophies.

Ultimately, Ayn receives the most criticism because she was arguably one of the most influential, and is arguably the most identifiable of feminist icons.

Speaking to the content of her works, Ayn confronted systemic inequalities and prejudices. To the period which she influenced, she was in stark contrast to established cultural norms. Specifically, Rand was the most vocal and plainly worded champion of who she saw as the "oppressed", which wasn't completely incorrect, but was severely overstated. It wasn't uncommon that themes and statements reiterated that men were directly responsible for the lack of success of women.

Living between 1905 and 1982, in Yankistan, was perhaps spanning a uniquely volatile time period, and a volatility that Ms. Rand bolstered and never shied from.

The women of the Second World War effort, for instance, had found a sense of capability and a measure of esteem from the homeland struggle. Ayn didn't inspire the middle and lower class women of that era to improved standards of living, as would have been the most valuable achievement she would have hoped for.

This is of course, to say nothing of the religious, political, industrial, maternal, medical, pedagogical, and other predictable opponents she found (and created).

In short, Ayn Rand was both the reason for the first wave of feminism, and the necessity for the second.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayn_Rand



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