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Some Democrats have a lot of nerve . . .

11-01-2005, 23:18
So a Democrat comes up to me today - we were discussing stuff the other day and I bring up Ayn Rand. Apparently my friend hates Rand's guts.

So I wasn't mad how he tried to take down my semi Rand-based philosophy in our discussion, it was that the next day he comes in with papers from some "prestigious" source that blasted Ayn Rand.

GET A LIFE - omfg I like Ayn Rand!!! Why can't he just accept that???!?!?!?
11-01-2005, 23:46
Some Republicans also have a lot of nerve. Stereotyping like that is not healthy.
11-01-2005, 23:48
For that matter, Libertarians have a lot of nerve sometimes. So does everyone. It's an unfortunate consequence of modern politics and the human condition.
You Forgot Poland
11-01-2005, 23:50
How dare he? You're entitled to like her, he's entitled to dislike her.

I personally think Rand is pretty awful and I've met a few "proselytizing Randers" in the past. They treat the novels like gospel and draw upon them for direction and to form a larger worldview. The thing is that Rand wrote novels. True, there is philosophical basis to them, but they are novels. Therefore the events in the books naturally corroborate the philosophy of the books.

I'm not saying you're a missionary of Rand, but there are folks like that out there. Maybe your friend has met some of them in the past. Also, the scenario is kind of out of context. When you say you "brought up Rand," what does that mean? Is that talking about the character development of Dagny or talking about how Ayn really knew how the world works? Cause it might have sounded to him like you were opening the floor for debate.
12-01-2005, 00:03
As a writer I find Ayn Rand to be a poor philosopher. As a philosopher I find her to be a poor writer.
Jenn Jenn Land
12-01-2005, 00:09
I'm currently reading "The Virtue of Selfishness" and I've read a couple biographies on her. You need to take into account her background if you want to understand her. She's smart, no doubt, but biased to the point of hypocrisy. Her philosophy, like a lot of philosophies, bring up good points but still misses the mark.
12-01-2005, 09:26
For fun, have a read of Why People Believe Weird Things, by Michael Shermer. It has a great chapter on Ayn Rand.
Nihilistic Beginners
12-01-2005, 09:29
Who's Ayn Rand?
12-01-2005, 09:36
I have a lot of nerves ...

Some of them look a little like this:

Neuroglia cells of brain shown by Golgi’s method. A. Cell with branched processes. B. Spider cell with unbranched processes. (After Andriezen.)
12-01-2005, 10:02
some communists have a lot of nerve too
Glinde Nessroe
12-01-2005, 10:37
Waits for the Some Republicans have alot of nerve board....