Rand was a radical philosopher of the continental stripe whose fetishism of the satisfaction of terrestrial appetites as the highest good and exaltation of godless materialism have little in common with the classical liberal tradition of the West (Anglo-American thought, Scottish Enlightenment, Founding Fathers, etc.).
She is really just a Marxist, and shares all the assumptions of a Marxist - she just happens to take the side against the proletariat.
Rand is the literature of adolescents. Rand gives young people a sense of anti-autoritarianism and radical chic, and convinces them that they have discovered “philosophy” at a young age.
Rand - who simply recycled the fable of the Golden Goose in her works - isn’t to be taken seriously. [/quote]
Translation: Rand’s ambiguous acceptance/promotion of materialism and a rejection of the idea of religion are in contradiction with the basic political philosophies that led to the creation of this country and which she claims to further through Objectivism. She writes in a manner that easily provokes the inherent revolutionary attitude present in almost all youth, which allows her to easily dupe these impressionable youths into thinking that her philosophy is something more than it really is.
Not that hard Lifticus. [/quote]
Why are you directing that at me?
See, dunderhead? Not that hard.