“I been Ayn Randed, nearly branded
Communist, ’cause I’m left-handed.”
A Simple Desultory Philippic – Paul Simon
I have a fascination for what I regard as crackpot, but sophisticated intellectual systems, and the work of Ayn Rand falls in that category for me. I have never been able to read her ponderous, best-selling novels because I think she has no literary talent at all. My familiarity with her ideas comes from shorter pieces and secondary sources.
For the most part, old wine in new bottles, I say. With a little bit of high-flown metaphysics thrown in at the beginning to get the ball rolling. “A is A,” and if you grant this, all else follows. Yes, I love that phrase, so common in the crackpot world of polemical philosophers. They all have the key to the universe, so don’t bother arguing with them. I try now and then – you can see my attempts at this thread if you like. I think that this page, Become an Objectivist in Ten Easy Steps, however, is the best response to that group’s pretentious, intellectual puffery.