What are your thoughts on Ayn Rand's theory of objectivism?
I enjoyed The Fountainhead when I first read it, way back when. I think, for people who are doormats or give too much of themselves (I'm thinking of one specific Ayn Rand enthusiast I know) her "virtue of selfishness" can seem liberating, but her ideas about the economy and second-handers and all that (as I understand it) are seriously flawed. I think LenHazell's analysis is correct, she tried to do the right thing but was damaged by her circumstances, and I think Marionville's diagnosis of NPD is right too.
I never read Atlas Shrugged but Adam Lee of "Daylight Atheism" did an entertaining chapter-by-chapter review of it. [patheos.com]
Objectivism is a philosophical system developed by Russian-American writer Ayn Rand. ... Rand described Objectivism as "the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute".
I think she was basically a hedonist and pursued a classic “me first” agenda. Donald Trump is immediately jumping into my mind...and also something that Margaret Thatcher once said that could have come straight out of Rand’s mouth...”There is no such thing as society, there are only individual men and women, and there are families”. I think she may have had some type of personality disorder, but that is purely speculation on my part. She definitely displayed selfishness and a lack of empathy, sometimes indicators of a narcissist personality disorder.
Rand was a realist in denial, vainly trying to combine pragmatism, hedonism and idealism in to a system that explained her own own life experience but hampered by being a product of her times and prejudices..
As a philosopher she was a great speculative novelist.
Her major achievement was Ellsworth Toohey one of the greatest literary villains of all time.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. She stresses the pursuit of happiness. Objectivism as opposed to collectivism. I don't agree in as much as pursuit of happiness for others is a form of collectivism. She feels the most important thing in life is to provide for oneself. Every man for himself. I don't think that's always good for society. She feels like 'too bad for society'. Apathy in the form of a lack of empathy. I didn't feel good about her conclusions reading Atlas Shrugged. She felt collectivism is instant communism. I prefer the term community. I don't think she was a good person.