Rand clearly thought of herself as one of these creators. In an interview with Mike Wallace she declared herself "the most creative thinker alive." ... Two years later, Rand told Wallace that "the only philosopher who ever influenced me" was Aristotle. Otherwise, everything came "out of my own mind." She boasted to her friends and to her publisher at Random House, Bennet Cerf, that she was "challenging the cultural tradition of two and a half thousand years." ... She falsely claimed that twelve publishers rejected The Fountainhead before it found a home. She styled herself the victim of a terrible but necessary isolation .... Far from needing explanation, Rand's success explains itself. Rand worked in that quintessential American proving ground—alongside the likes of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Glenn Beck—where garbage achieves gravitas and bullshit gets blessed. There she learned that dreams don't come true. They are true. Turn your metaphysics into chewing gum, and your chewing gum is metaphysics. A is A.
And don't forget: http://partiallyexaminedlife.com/2010/03/17/randinetics-the-modern-science-of-permanent-adolescence/
Morgan-LynnGriggs Lamberth says
Yes her intuitions became her axioms for that more reduced life1 Confirmed intuitions- gut sense= depend on valid interpretation of previous experience, Hers were thus faith-based! She was the opposite of the rationalist.
She led me to rationalism and naturalism, but we all leave her sheep in the garbage din of history. long ago people know of the deficiency of egoism.
And the regulated free market beats laissez-faire! “Atlas Shrug” is just science fiction.
Check out my thread on her@JREF.
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Seth Paskin says
Another note. The article mentions the mutual admiration between Rand and Farrah Fawcett.
Ned Pina says
Ayn scares you guys so much.