Friday, October 30, 2009

Giggle test

Only a raving narcissist could ever speak this way through her hero:

“We have granted you everything you demanded of us, we who had always been the givers, but have only now understood it,” Galt lectures the “looters” and “moochers” who make up the populace. “We have no demands to present you, no terms to bargain about, no compromise to reach. You have nothing to offer us. We do not need you.”
Does the world Ayn Rand implies here resemble any world that has ever existed?

This review has some good bits.
Rand’s particular intellectual contribution, the thing that makes her so popular and so American, is the way she managed to mass market elitism — to convince so many people, especially young people, that they could be geniuses without being in any concrete way distinguished.
[I]f there is one thing Rand’s life shows, it is the power, and peril, of unjustified self-esteem.

No comments: