Rand, Ayn

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Salient features of her background

  • She was derived from the fledgling technocratic entrepaneurial community [TEC] of Russia.
  • The TEC had been oppressed by the autocratic populist tradition [APT] of Russia.
  • The Russian Revolution was a catastrophic new phase of the APT from the TEC point of view.

Importance of Ayn Rand

  • She was a morale-booster for the entrepaneurial community in a time of crisis for capitalism.
  • The GREAT DEPRESSION had devastated the capitalist world.
  • Investors were afraid to create new job-creating ventures.
  • Rand tackled this problem by generating a HERO mythos for entrepaneurs.

Philosophy … "For The New Intellectual" … introduction

  • Ayn Rand was in love with philosophy … her own
  • Kant, the father of modern western philosophy, was her arch villain, the HEAD WITCHDOCTOR
    • Rand misunderstood Kant to have said that the human mind is impotent in understanding reality.
    • Kant was actually OPTIMISTIC, saying that we can understand things outside of ordinary experience by building mathematical models of them.
  • In her mind philosophers had abdicated their responsibility: to be the intellectual sidekick of the BUSINESSMAN.
  • In her scenario:
    • Until the 19th century, all history was dominated by ATTILA and the WITCHDOCTOR, who enslaved the productive people physically and mentally, respectively
    • Businessmen created a new country, America, where the businessman was free to create wealth
    • At about the same time, philosophers became the new ATTILLAS and WITCHDOCTORS, creating philosophies which modelled the human maind as impotent.
  • Are we to take this scenario at face value? Or is this yet another example of egocentric literary hucksterism? As with the contemplation of extraterrestrial life, we can only guess.

LITTLE RASCAL

  • At any rate, Ayn was a delightful little rascal!
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