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Priestess of R'hllor
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In honor of the topic we were discussing in chat when we thought of opening this section, Mr. Macha found this video that pretty much summarizes everything that's wrong with Ayn's Rand writing and philosophy. Of course, I may be generalizing when I bring up this subject, because I never read Atlas Shrugged. That's partly because I started reading The Fountainhead and by the end of it I already wanted to was my eyes with acid.



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Anything that destroys Ayn Rand's pseudophilosophy is all right by me. 



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Dafuq is Ayn Rand, precious? ramsay

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Who please ?

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Haha, it's a good thing you two don't know who she is, you haven't missed much.
In a nutshell, she was a writer that was and still is very popular among some groups - political, mostly but not necessarily : libertarians, some conservatives and in general everyone defending wild capitalism.
Her "philosophy" eyeroll was that reality is objective and that it exists as an absolute truth for everyone. There are no filters through which you can perceive it. If you are, you're lying to yourself because you're not using your head and you're a fool. You're also a fool if you're not a narcissistic, egotistical son of a bitch because your self-interest should be the most noble pursuit of your life.

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I was only half kidding, I have heard of her but I dismissed her as a sort of extremist. Plus she sounds like Andrew Ryan from the game "Bioshock".

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This sounds like a shitty irish folk band, I get bullshit philosopher instead. Disappoint.

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DonalNoyesArm wrote:

I was only half kidding, I have heard of her but I dismissed her as a sort of extremist. Plus she sounds like Andrew Ryan from the game "Bioshock".


 That's cause the game is partly based on her "objectivism" - the whole city under the water thing, etc. - and how shit like that could go terribly wrong, of course.



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Curious, the (real) philosophers I love would spit in her face. I´d spit her face. Despicable pile of poop. Too lazy this moment to find quotes of other people that show how horrible she was. Simone Weil and Walter Benjamin comes to mind, like two completely opposite talented philosophers and amazing human beings. When I read this woman was an atheist I felt ahsamed of myself for a minute.

Terrible thing tho, her "philosophy" or (system might be better) it´s quite spread among the powerful and the idiots and assholes of this world. And now Imma cry in the corner.cry



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From the web:

"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."

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