Ayn Rand considered absolutely brilliant by some. Crazy by others. Some initially overwhelmed by her only to later become disillusioned.
I am in the later group. First, amazed. Considered her thoughts brilliant. Then realized the nut she was.
Ayn Rand’s birthday was yesterday. She was born February 2, 1905. Died March 6, 1982.
To many, she was and is considered a philosopher. To others, a writer.
Two of her novels initially captured my thought process. I was a young attorney when I first read The Fountainhead. What a book! Its message that individual rights were the ultimate. Societal collectivism be damned.
Rand’s message was that society had forgotten “I” and replaced it with “we.” She fictionalized a society where totalitarian collectivism had triumphed. Her hero, an individual true and true who fought the onslaught.
Many questions were left unanswered in my mind after reading The Fountainhead. They were answered when I read her second successful novel, Atlas Shrugged.
Rand believed in laissez-faire capitalism. An economic system in which transactions between private parties are free from government intervention such as regulation, privilege, tariffs, and subsidies.
The true Republican/Conservative in thought. And in action. She supported Barry Goldwater for President in 1964.
Her individualistic philosophy is best typified by her own words: An individual should “exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.”
None of this is mentally imposing. Easy to comprehend. I must concede a movie helped. Atlas shrugged starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Their unusual love affair formed the basis for what Rand perceived as the individual vs. collective society war.
Rand thought much of herself. She claimed her greatest influence was Aristotle. Followed by Thomas Aquinas. She said if a history of philosophy were written, the three top philosophers would be Aristotle, Aquinas, and Rand. Signifying how high she held her own thought process.
My disillusionment came two years after reading The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. I became aware that Rand was publishing a weekly newspaper in New York City. I subscribed to it.
The woman was absolutely mad! Her columns represnted her thought process carried to the ultimate. No frills. The woman was not stable. Wacky an excellent description. Dangerous, another.
Such was the end of my acceptance of Rand’s philosophy.
In spite of my change in thinking, I still recommend The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged for reading. An experience!
Spent last night at the Chart Room. Quiet. John bartending. Chatted with Christina.
Second time I met Christina. Sheila introduced her to me a month ago at the Chart Room. Christina is on the staff at the Custom House. She and Sheila worked together at the Custom House one time.
The conversation pleasant. The evening pleasant.
This afternoon Syracuse/Virginia. Virginia #2 in the country. Syracuse will probably lose. On the other hand, Syracuse is in for a good game. Overdue. You never know. Hope springs eternal.
The Republican “memo” a dud. Its anticipation full of sound and fury. In the end, signified nothing.
The Republican Congress worries me. They serve the Party rather than the people.
Partially responsible is Trump’s magnetic personality. He is a Pied Piper. Most Republicans blindly follow him.
Yesterday morning, the employment numbers were announced. Two hundred thousand more jobs. Big!
It was also announced interest rates would be going up.
By the end of the day, the market closed 665 points down. The sixth largest one day decline in history.
A crack in the dyke? A tiny one, I suspect. The market will be up monday. Money to be made by buying the stocks that went down. I ask however if there is a message in the 665 point drop. An indication of that which is to come.
Justice is confusing these days. Trump responsible for a good share of the confusion.
California legalized marijuana. Now, California is moving through the court system to vacate thousands of felony and misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1975.
At the same time that Attorney General Sessions’ Justice Department is gearing up to seek more marijuana prosecutions.
Both actions amazing!
I close with a bit of Florida Keys information.
I never knew how many Keys there were. Merely assumed a lot. In case you have an interest, there are over 1,700 islands. Few populated. Most small. Only 43 connected by bridges.
Enjoy your day!