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  •  The start of Randism (3+ / 0-)
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    Rick Aucoin, Anna M, ignatzmouse

    I recall that in 8th grade (1961-1962), several girls in my class were reading Ayn Rand.  They also declared themselves to be "Goldwater girls".  (They would write AuH2O on their book covers.)  At the time, I couldn't see what the fuss was about.

    At that time, I was reading Mark Twain and Agatha Christie.  Occasionally, I would go up to our attic and find some of my mother's old books from her high school and college days.  (I speak of her books read for enjoyment, not texts.)  I read "One Foot in Heaven" by Hartzell Spence, which was made into a 1941 film.  One had to be raised Protestant to get that one.

    The worst of the lot was "Deanna Durbin and the Feather of Flame", a truly bad book written with the film star as the title character in a detective story.

    I wonder if those girls reading Rand then went on to become the foundation of today's right-wing.

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