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Why do so many people hate, LOATHE, Ayn Rand?

I have never really looked into her writings but when I mentioned her to a few friends (who all had degrees) over the years, they were disgusted. I think I may have bought a small book of hers years ago, it didn't strike me as repugnant.

by Anonymousreply 7October 16, 2021 3:44 PM

She was a literary dominatrix whose methods laid the groundwork for current right-wing rhetoric, which constantly swerves between contradictory positions until the reader is trained to unquestioningly accept whatever they're told, with the promise that they'll be as smart and powerful as Ayn/Rush/Donald/Tucker is if they just memorize the lines they're fed and recite them aggressively at every opportunity.

Her writings, particularly "The Fountainhead" (her most readable novel) are catnip to a certain type of authoritarian/submissive personality. My favorite example of Ayn at work in that one is when she describes the protagonist's work in terms that anyone with an elementary knowledge of architecture will identify as Bauhaus, but insists at every turn that it's NOT that filthy foreign Bauhaus crap but a totally original, totally American style!

by Anonymousreply 1October 16, 2021 3:27 PM

Her points (such as they are) are catnip to a certain kind of irritating, megalomaniacal nerd-boy who fails at everything yet knows that it's society that is broken, not him (think Ben Shapiro). Her style is droning and dull. She's a terrible stylist and writes like the uppers are wearing off.

She's not a novelist, she's a browbeater.

by Anonymousreply 2October 16, 2021 3:31 PM

I really like her

by Anonymousreply 3October 16, 2021 3:33 PM

She was a pretentious, full-of-shit gasbag.

by Anonymousreply 4October 16, 2021 3:34 PM

r2 I want to steal this!

[quote]She's a terrible stylist and writes like the uppers are wearing off.

by Anonymousreply 5October 16, 2021 3:36 PM

"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."- John Rogers

by Anonymousreply 6October 16, 2021 3:39 PM

Typical conservative hypocrite: "In 1976, she retired from writing her newsletter and, after her initial objections, allowed a social worker employed by her attorney to enroll her in Social Security and Medicare."

by Anonymousreply 7October 16, 2021 3:44 PM
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