Ayn Rand Nation

Ayn Rand Nation

The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul

Book - 2012
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Thirty years after her death in March 1982, Ayn Rand's ideas have never been more important. Unfettered capitalism, unregulated business, bare-bones government providing no social services, glorification of selfishness, disdain for Judeo-Christian morality - these are the tenets of Rand's harsh philosophy.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312590734
0312590733
9781429950787
1429950781
Branch Call Number: 813.52 RAND WEISS
Characteristics: x, 290 p. ; 22 cm

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naturalist
Jul 30, 2015

“Among authors and philosophers, Ayn Rand is noteworthy for her atheism and uncompromising opposition to religion. Unlike many non-believers who see utilitarian value to religion, Rand is somewhat unique in seeing (with minor exceptions) virtually no value to religion.” . . .
from “Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Religion” . . .
by Neil Parille . . .
from the website . . . http://rebirthofreason.com/Articles/Parille/Ayn_Rand,_Objectivism,_and_Religion_(Part_1_of_4).shtml

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gramsci
Jul 29, 2015

Clearly, Rand suffered from narcissistic borderline personality disorder.

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StarGladiator
Jul 28, 2015

I cannot understand why anyone would wish to read about Ayn Rand [an admirer of vile serial killers], mentor to Alan Greenspan, who was selected chair of the Federal Reserve due to his time at Brown Brothers Harriman [after he'd been fired by America's greatest economist, Michael Hudson, when he was at Chase Bank] - - but if you read one book about her, this would be the one. Mr. Weiss writes authoritatively about the many inadequacies and inaccuracies in Rand's thinking and - - I hate to use this word in the same sentence with Rand - - analysis. [Remember, no matter how many times simpleton corporate newsies refer to the Fed chair as geniuses, idiots like Greenspan, Yellen and Bernanke - - whose thesis paper on the Great Depression reads like a grade-school paper {they had securitization and CDOs leading up to the Great Crash, but they were called Mortgage Participation Notes back then, something Bernanke will never figure out!} should never be taken seriously, only for the damage they will wrought on behalf of the super-rich.]

purpledynasty Aug 02, 2013

Read this book last summer, the same month that Paul Ryan was selected as Romney's running mate, much to my extreme PLEASURE. Despite Weiss' best efforts, his agenda falls flat on those that have even superficial understanding of Ayn Rand's Objectivism.
Weiss' analysis is wrong, but he profiles some interesting people that are meant to tell us of the perils, pitfalls and triumphs of Objectivism - from ad hominem attacks on Ayn's personal life, to the wicked Capitalists that profited from the 2008 bubble burst - typical fare.
Nevertheless, I'd STILL recommend borrowing the book (no need to enrich Mr. Weiss with a purchase), as I still learned a bit, and found my own insights based upon the tales told. For instance, he retells some of Ayn Rand's then-contemporary private correspondence and radio transcripts regarding labor laws (Taft Hartlley and NLRA), as well as the Medicare legislation in the early 60's.
So to summarize, its definitely worth the read, DESPITE Gary Weiss. :)

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