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  •  I actually read it in the summer (12+ / 0-)

    before I started high school. It was quite a novel to get through for a 14 year old, but as I grew older, I certainly found better role models to emulate than Dagny Taggert.
    My teachers, my stepmother, real life people, not characters in a novel.
    The Randian philosophy of selfishness, fighting against the "moochers", "parasites" and "looters", who are really nothing more than people who benefit from government services (veterans, senior citizens and the poor, for example) may even have solidified my beliefs against the "I've got mine, screw the rest of you" clarion call of the wealthy right wing.
    I watched Reagan practice Rand's philosophy in real life, when he ignored the AIDS crisis burning through the gay communities (made jokes about it in fact) and almost 30,000 people died because of his refusal to acknowledge the epidemic and spend government resources to alleviate suffering.
    So, I didn't see Dagny speaking "truth" to power, I saw Rand as trying to sell her version of selfishness as some sort of philosophy that would save the world.
    As if the Taggerts and the Galts could get through life without the working poor, without the military, without teachers or convenience store clerks, without carpenters or electricians!

    Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

    by skohayes on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 03:14:10 AM PDT

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