A Good Reason That Ayn Rand Is Wrong

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Chris Kluwe: Here’s what’s wrong with Ayn Rand, libertarians – Salon.com

Crippled Politics Crippled Politics WEB Ayn Rand RGB 100712 e1372394781318 A Good Reason That Ayn Rand Is WrongThis very good story in Salon discusses a topic that has interested me for quite a while; some people’s fascination with author Ayn Rand. I find it quite appalling that so many members of our society, especially some key members of the GOP, seem to think this woman is some type of heroine. In reality, she epitomizes the worst type of selfishness and self-indulgence.

Whenever I think about the fact that some key members of Congress, particularly Paul Ryan, proudly name this cold-hearted, selfish bitch is someone who they greatly admire and believe in, makes me cringe. It also explains why selfish Tea Party bastards like Sen. Ryan vengefully target the poor, as some type of parasites that unscrupulously live from the labors of others. After all, that’s exactly how his idol Ayn Rand viewed us.

People who prescribe to the late Ms. Rand’s way of thinking are not only selfish, but shortsighted. They never stop to think that someday something might happen to themand they may need some type of help from others. Some of that help probably will be paid by taxpayers money. But I ask, isn’t that one of the reasons that people pay taxes in the first place, to help our fellow citizens when they need it? After all, aren’t we one nation of Americans, or are we a very large group of nearly 300 million individuals?

I highly recommend reading this article by Chris Kluwe because he really captures the essence of what Ayn Rand, in particular her character of John Galt from the novel, “Atlas Shrugged” really stood for. He also does an excellent job of pointing out the very flawed reasoning behind Ayn Rand’s selfish philosophy.

 A Good Reason That Ayn Rand Is Wrong

 A Good Reason That Ayn Rand Is Wrong

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I was born in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1955.I am fifty-seven years old, and I have been disabled my entire life.My disability is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which is a genetic condition that causes muscles to deteriorate.As a result, I have never been able to walk or stand.

I attended my first four years of school at Bear Lake school.It was a one-room schoolhouse with four grades, and one teacher.After finishing school in Bear Lake, I went to school in Columbus, PA for fifth and sixth grade.I then went on to high school in Corry, PA, at Corry Area High School, where I graduated from as an honors student, in 1973.

I attended college atEdinboro State College from 1977 until 1979.After two years of college, I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980.I have lived there for over thirty-two years, and I really like it here.Berkeley is a great place to live.

In 2006, I received an Associate Degree in English, from Berkeley City College.I also received an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts.

Currently, I am an activist in the disability rights movement, and a member of ADAPT.I describe myself as a socialist/anarchist and have been involved in radical/progressive politics for many years.I am a member of the Green party.
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I was born in Bear Lake, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1955. I am fifty-seven years old, and I have been disabled my entire life. My disability is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), which is a genetic condition that causes muscles to deteriorate. As a result, I have never been able to walk or stand.

I attended my first four years of school at Bear Lake school. It was a one-room schoolhouse with four grades, and one teacher. After finishing school in Bear Lake, I went to school in Columbus, PA for fifth and sixth grade. I then went on to high school in Corry, PA, at Corry Area High School, where I graduated from as an honors student, in 1973.

I attended college at Edinboro State College from 1977 until 1979. After two years of college, I moved to Berkeley, California in 1980. I have lived there for over thirty-two years, and I really like it here. Berkeley is a great place to live.

In 2006, I received an Associate Degree in English, from Berkeley City College. I also received an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts.

Currently, I am an activist in the disability rights movement, and a member of ADAPT. I describe myself as a socialist/anarchist and have been involved in radical/progressive politics for many years. I am a member of the Green party.

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  1. Ayn Rand’s philosophy is not “anti-poor” – it equally applies to all people. On the contrary, the freer the economy the more opportunity there is for the poor to make money. But more importanly, why should a philosophy be judged by how it treats the poor? What is so special about the poor? Why should they always be a priority of any ethical system?

    1. Ayn Rand’s philosophy may not be anti-poor, but it’s certainly unfairly paints them in a bad light, which most of them don’t deserve. I also never said that the poor were “special”, or anything close to that. I just made the point that the poor deserve equal rights and consideration, and not to be looked down on or disrespected.

      As for your last question, I say that any society that doesn’t give the poor some type of priority, and recognition of their unfortunate situation, and at least doesn’t try to assist them, isn’t really an ethical system at all. After all, is it really ethical to allow your fellow person to go hungry, without medical care when they need it, education so that they might advance themselves, or a place to live if they can’t provide one for themselves?

    1. I actually think I said quite a lot about Rand. My understanding of the philosophy is that it basically attacks poor people. Even though I will admit that I have never read “Atlas Shrugged” (although I plan to), I think I know enough about her to say that philosophy is anti-poor and very lacking in compassion.

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