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  •  This is way beyond a joke (10+ / 0-)

    I knew she was the equivalent an L Ron Hubbard, but I had no idea she went THIS far!  If this article is anywhere near accurate, we should be very afraid of Paul Ryan and the others that hold her up to be a role model.  

    •  If this had been exposed before, (3+ / 0-)

      I think her work and reputation would have suffered appropriately.

      On the recommendation of my best friend and college roommate, the daughter of a librarian, I read two authors: Ayn Rand and Norton Juster.  By the early 80's I had read just about everything Rand had ever had published, plus the biography that revealed the childhood roots of her callousness, as well as some depression in adulthood.

      As much as I, like many others, rejected some of her concepts and tone, I also gained some principles and concepts that have made a significant difference in my life.

      This is a complete contradiction- which she apparently never presented publicly, of her emphasis that the initiation of violence, or any kind of threat to the life of another, is absolutely wrong. Kathleen's specific recommendation on Rand was to read her work in chronological order so as to see the evolution of her ideas. The notebook was apparently written when Rand was 20 to 25 years old.

      I assure you, no one could be experiencing more revulsion than I over this information. Just be clear this is not something that has been known to many of us who found some of her ideas useful. Could you indicate when and who made this notebook public? I am in no way trying to change the reality of it, just wondering how it had been kept out of public knowledge. It would be analogous in my mind to the coverup of Sandusky's crimes.

      Definitely time to read The Phantom Tollboth again.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:39:06 AM PDT

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      •  Looks like Amazon has them from 1999 (4+ / 0-)

        I'm not sure who made them public, but it looks like they've been around awhile.

        •  Thank you. I've only followed (3+ / 0-)
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          Nathaniel Branden's work* since balancing the last of the values I had initially thought Rand made sense on with counter values. eg intransigence is important in a few areas, compromise is in others and more often.

          This reinforces to me that the Christian advocates of Rand never read or understood her work - any more than they read or understood the Bible, especially Jesus' parts. Anyone who actually found information put it on the very effective 'ignore'.

          Rand ended her relationship and support for Branden in '68. His first wife, Barbara, wrote the bio that exposed Rand's personality and bizarre interpersonal relationships. He went on to repudiate Rand, apologize for promoting her work and to contribute as a psychotherapist to the psychology of self esteem!  

          Yup, evangelicals can become atheists, Republicans can become Democrats (moi), and Objectivists - who are not also sociopaths- can become rational, empathetic humans.  :)

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:37:41 AM PDT

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