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Ayn Rand on Human Nature, Credulity and Authority

Posted in discussion seed by reasonfreely on March 2, 2010
“You see, Dr. Stadler, people don’t want to think. And the deeper they get into trouble, the less they want to think. But by some sort of instinct, they feel that they ought to and it makes them feel guilty. So they’ll bless and follow anyone who gives them justification for not thinking. Anyone who makes a virtue – out of what they know to be sin, their weakness and their guilt.”
– Dr. Ferris to Dr. Stadler (Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, p. 322)
I hated that book.
Feel free to discuss this quote in comments.  Or discuss Ayn Rand’s unique life that led her to radical ultra-libertarianism and a burning, vocal distaste for religion.

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  1. Ed B said, on March 3, 2010 at 7:42 am

    It is curious to me that you give Rand the brand of ‘radical ultra-libertarianism’ when most feel she was really quite conservative.

    • reasonfreely said, on March 3, 2010 at 8:45 am

      libertarianism is not the same as liberalism

      In the US, we consider libertarianism to be conservative politics. In Europe and elsewhere, they call it liberal (as in, lassiez faire).

      • Ed B. said, on March 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

        Thanks for that … guess I hadn’t had enough coffee yet to see it !

        • reasonfreely said, on March 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

          You made a good point in that some forms of libertarianism are left-wing. But not Rand’s individualism.

  2. Kirt said, on March 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    And of course the irony is the number of Randroids that followed Rand in that same, uncritical way, making a religion of nonreligious selfishness.

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