Ayn Rand: The Wired Interview (1998)


8 Responses to “Ayn Rand: The Wired Interview (1998)”

  1. MeanMrMustard says:

    “[W]hatever fiery, petite actress can succeed in bringing this complex character to life, in the inevitable major studio biopic, is pretty much guaranteed an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.”

    Helen Mirren wuz robbed!

  2. redhawk2007 says:

    Why are so many psychopaths and sociopaths attracted to Rand and her philosophy? Perhaps because they epitomized the Randian philosophy in her own estimation:

    The newspapers were filled for months with stories about serial killer called William Hickman, who kidnapped a 12-year-old girl called Marion Parker from her junior high school, raped her, and dismembered her body, which he sent mockingly to the police in pieces. Rand wrote great stretches of praise for him, saying he represented “the amazing picture of a man with no regard whatsoever for all that a society holds sacred, and with a consciousness all his own. A man who really stands alone, in action and in soul. … Other people do not exist for him, and he does not see why they should.” She called him “a brilliant, unusual, exceptional boy,” shimmering with “immense, explicit egotism.” Rand had only one regret: “A strong man can eventually trample society under its feet. That boy [Hickman] was not strong enough.”


  3. Anonymous says:

    Ayn Rand: enabling mediocre people to feel like speshul snoflakes for over 50 years!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Rand had a lot of interesting things to say, but no way I could agree with all of them. At least she asked the tough questions and wasn’t afraid to give answers, even if they may not have been correct.

    Why is it the “Ayn Randists” always seem to be utterly psychotic sociopaths?

  5. Anonymous says:

    @ Anonymous #3
    Maybe they turn out sociopaths because they tend to not heed this quote from their beloved master:
    “The purpose of education is to teach a student how to live, by developing his mind. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e. conceptual. He has to be taught how to think, to integrate, to prove by his own effort. This is what the colleges renounced long ago. What they are teaching today has no relevance to anything.”

    Granted I still don’t agree with 90% of what she has to say, but the occasional gem does pop up.

  6. Anonymous says:

    >Why is it the “Ayn Randists” always seem to be utterly psychotic sociopaths?

    The ones like that don’t actually understand what she said very well; they only think they do.

    Also, this is a fairly well done “interview,” especially for having written it at age 11. Kudos.

  7. GreatAjax says:

    Typical, Redhawk, of a Rand hater to ignore her powerful arguments and instead smear her by focusing on an out of context quote. All it does is illustrate that you (and moreso, the Slate writer you quote) would rather marginalize Rand than be forced to deal with the content of her ideas.

    Here’s a bit of context from the Wikipedia entry on Hickman:

    Rand: “The first thing that impresses me about the case is the ferocious rage of a whole society against one man. No matter what the man did, there is always something loathsome in the ‘virtuous’ indignation and mass-hatred of the ‘majority.’… It is repulsive to see all these beings with worse sins and crimes in their own lives, virtuously condemning a criminal…”

    Rand is clear that she was inspired to research a potential work of fiction by the “lynch mob effect” she witnessed in reaction to the Hickman case. Very much the same thing Fritz Lang tried to capture in his masterpiece M. So to extend Redhawk’s absurd argument, Fritz Lang was an advocate for child molestation.

    It requires a willful and malicious misunderstanding of Rand to imagine she would have glorified murder.

  8. jaytkay says:

    Those who advocate public scholarships have no right to them; those who oppose them, have.

    For conservative & libertarian philosophy in a nutshell, that’s almost as good as “Keep government hands off my Medicare!!11!”

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