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I been Ayn Randed, nearly branded a Communist 'cause I'm left-handed

Posted on 2009.15.09 at 13:11

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suchthefangirl
suchthefangirl at 2009-09-15 17:42 (UTC) ()
Ayn Rand is my favorite author of all time, so everything I say is suspect, but:

Fountainhead lets you see her ideas, and Atlas shrugged takes them the next step. They are both very preachy in their own way, but I cannot tell you how many times I've read them both. (I used to drown in existential angst because I would never live up to the standards of the characters in those books. Um. I read them for the first time when I was still in middle school, they might have warped me).

To me A.S. always seemed like a sequel, even though they have no characters in common, it's more like a philosophy sequel. Warning, there is deeply emotionally perverse sex (noncon, etc) in Fountainhead.

Sorry. I tend to be overly passionate about her.
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primroseburrows at 2009-09-15 17:50 (UTC) ()
I've heard she was a very good writer. I want to see her ideas, which is why I'm going to read her stuff. My politics and philosophy on life are the polar opposite of hers, though (I'm more John Lennon than Alan Greenspan, y'know?), so I'm prepared to get a headache about that. ;)
suchthefangirl
suchthefangirl at 2009-09-15 18:05 (UTC) ()
She's very uncompromising, and has little love for people who disagree, and it is impossible to live up to her standards, but I have to say, I think I am a better person for having read her books. Or maybe not.

Her ideas don't work. They might if everyone thought like her, but they don't and never could/would, so it's useless. But I love her anyway.

The only thing I hated about the books, was that she actually has a character with my name (something that is VERY rare) and I she's a "bad guy". This always made me sad. :-(
Jess
aphephobia at 2009-09-16 00:01 (UTC) ()
I agree with you entirely on this. I loved The Fountainhead though I hate the philosophy behind it, but because of the preachiness, it's easy to see it and just roll your eyes.

But yeah: she sees the world in an equally-weighted, 2-D way where everyone can just pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I think part of that is her own personal thing about The American Dream: it worked for her, so why shouldn't it for anyone else? (And honestly, I loathe it when people argue like that-- but it's not just Rand who does it. I've heard plenty of lefties do the same thing. ["It was easy for ME to go vegan so you should, too!"])

If our world was like the Randverse, everything would be fine, because ultimately people would be in control of their own destinies and there would be no external forces manipulating how we're treated, how fair things are, and how accessible things are for everyone. It would be great: no racism, no homophobia, no sexism. People themselves would fit into nice neat little labelled boxes and be quite content there.

Thing is, though, it ain't like that. I sort of look at it like it's her fantasy world, just like sci-fi writers see their futures or utopias with Big Brother or robots living amongst us or whatever. Doesn't mean it's valid and not completely flawed, but it can make for a nice story.
suchthefangirl
suchthefangirl at 2009-09-16 01:05 (UTC) ()
It is a fantasy, and I have to say, I really do love it. I know it doesn't work at all, but you are right, in her world all people are equal. And I wish that were true.

Mostly, for me, her books were about reaching for your dreams. Not compromising on your abilities, and whatever you do for a living, make sure it's something that you love and want to spend your life doing. I read the books when I was very young (middle school for the first time), and I have always tried to live up to her standards.

Oh, and I'm a card carrying member of the ACLU lefty liberal mind you. Well, really, on the political polls I skew way off to libertarian, but I've voted democratic in the last several elections (I used to vote libertarian, but they kinda scared me, and the republicans were scarier, so Democratic seemed the least offensive). I get the feeling that people think if you like Ayn Rand you must be a crazy republican or something, and I am so not. But I really do adore her.

But, yeah, it is fantasy.

I like fantasy.
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