Similarly, one group prefers patriarchal dominance, and so judges male privileges to be morally honorable. The book was The Fountainhead, and the author was Ayn Rand. You could subscribe to a newsletter but you couldn't join. She proclaimed that her sexual indiscretions were ordained by God reason, while those of her partners were depraved. The fallacy in Objectivism is the belief that absolute knowledge and final Truths are attainable through reason, and therefore there can be absolute right and wrong knowledge, and absolute moral and immoral thought and action.
The Cult While the Guru Lived 2. The youthful students of Objectivism who were recruited in such surprising numbers in the 1960s typically came equipped with a basic education but little or no prior knowledge of the subjects that Objectivism pronounced upon, subjects like philosophy, history, economics, and literature. She became good enough at it to dazzle already-starstruck university students. And so the young convert and they were almost all young began to buckle when he learned more about his own chosen subject. I am absolutely confident that one plus one equal two. The relationship wasn't what it was supposed to be and she wanted to know why.
The components of a philosophy must stand or fall on their own internal consistency or empirical support, regardless of the founder's personality quirks or moral inconsistencies. Frank O'Connor died and Rand herself felt as if she lost every reason to live. Over and over individuals who broke with Rand, on a personal level, used the basic philosophical principles she taught them to justify the break. Others are a mix and others are one extreme or the other. Duty is the work the race needs done. Walker then turns to Rand's ideas, accusing her of dogmatism, ignorance, and flawed thinking.
Their comments ring of the enthusiasm of the followers of a religious cult Branden, 1986, pp. She was confused and tormented. I found this portion thoroughly unacademic. Virtually every one of its members entered the cult through reading Rand's lengthy novel , which appeared in late 1957, a few months before the organized cult came into being. Perhaps Rand was the one who should have checked her premises. I devised the rest of my philosophy myself.
Augustine and subsequent theologians Lucas Holste pay homage to the Platonists. Shermer quotes Barbara Branden as recounting how someone at an Objectivist gathering said it would be morally justifiable to murder Nathaniel because he hurt Ayn. The boss happened to be in the top rank of disciples; and since the secretary was on a lower rank, she not only suffered discharge from her job, but expulsion from the Randian movement as well. The urbane Hitchens goes on to tell an off-color anecdote about with a moralistic undertone, gets a laugh, and pivots to a much older theological conflict to bring his point home. A was matched with Miss B and one of them didn't like the other? Rand spent her first months in this country subsisting on loans from relatives in Chicago, which she promised to repay lavishly when she struck it rich.
People want assurances, and the Objectives always offered that in spades. There are also several conferences organized by various organizations, which draw several hundred attendees each summer and feature philosophy courses and presentations of new publications and research. The Nathaniel Branden Institute gave lectures, but had no membership. She had prided herself on learning how to manipulate the Soviet system to get the necessities in life. Ah, the good old days.
They had no rational basis on which to object, she argued. All other page elements copyright © 1999-2009 by Richard Lawrence. Failure to attend these lectures was a matter of serious concern in the movement. Excommunication is the final solution for such unreformed heretics. Jim Peron responded to Shermer, Rothbard and others with an argument that similarities to cults are superficial at best and charges of cultism directed at Objectivists are attacks. Jews hate all pure races. If Ayn Rand is wrong on race, she is wrong on every normative question.
They had the motive, means, and opportunity to cut off the blood supply to our civilization and choke our racial soul. If he refused to appear as he would if he had any shred of self-respect left then the trial would continue in absentia, with all the members present taking turns in denouncing the expelled member, reading charges against him again in a manner eerily reminiscent of 1984. I am wondering if he might be a libertarian, in which case his tone would be understandable, because according to him, Rand and her Objectivists hated still hate libertarians for not wholly accepting Objectivist philosophy. These two theories had in common a practical quality. Persuasive techniques: Methods, from benign to coercive, used to recruit new followers and reinforce current beliefs.
Says Kelley, By the time I went to college,. For all the flaws in Rand's ideology it's fascinating to study someone with such single minded determination. What is it about Rand's philosophy as presented in these novels that so emotionally stimulates proponents and opponents alike? Likewise, objectivist's are distancing themselves from him, claiming the problem was he just wasn't objectivist enough which is complete bunk. The federal government raises some of its revenue from progressive sources, such as the income tax, but also healthy chunks from regressive levies, such as the payroll tax. Zebra Medical Vision won the award in 2017, and Innoviz won in 2018. Young people need to know the flaw in this philosophy, why it is a cult, and why it is destructive. For the record, I happen to know that Herbert has done some very nice things for people.
This is racial history short and sweet. Her ideological purity and her unstable personality prevented her from forming lasting coalitions with anybody who disagreed with any element of her catechism. . The second was neoclassical economics, which, in its most simplistic form, described the marketplace as a perfectly self-correcting instrument. We meet a greater diversity of people with backgrounds and histories we never really imagined. This devotion is enforced through psychological sanctions.