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09-17-2012, 03:14 PM
<span style="color: #FF9966">OBJECTIVISM</span>

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>Jump on the Rand Wagon! How Ryan Resurrected Ayn</span>

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By George Gurley 8/21 7:15pm
The New York Observer (http://observer.com/2012/08/paul-ryan-ayn-rand-atlas-shrugged/?show=all)

To many people, the name Ayn Rand is a punch line, an occasion for a little eye-rolling, a superior cackle or a dismissive tweet (crazy Russian bag lady/right-wing hypocrite/home-wrecking lunatic, etc.). When Rand was alive—a small, feisty woman who chain-smoked and spoke in a thick Russian accent—she was condemned by intellectuals across the spectrum. To the left, she was a reactionary, a fascist, a capitalist pig who advocated for a complete separation between government and economics, limitless individualism and the virtue of selfishness.

To the right, she was an atheist; to moderates, an absolutist. Her books were often dismissed as over-the-top, Nietzschean romance novels for alienated adolescents, and her philosophy, Objectivism—which Rand described as “the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute”—is ridiculed to this day.

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