September 24th, 2009


Dear Libertarians, Ayn Rand Was Wrong, Love Me

Here’s the deal — “Who is John Galt?” signs are showing up at those moronic anti-Obama rallies. Which means that somewhere out there are some Ayn Rand fans are jumping on that bandwagon. If you’ve somehow fallen under Rand’s spell, let me break it down for you.

  • Objectivism isn’t a philosophy, really. It’s just a system of rationalizations that let selfish assholes feel superior to other people.
  • Ayn Rand never actually wrote any rigorous philosophy, just bad novels. Long-winded, stilted, boring, novels. If you’ve waded through one, good for you I guess. I respect people who make models of the Eiffel Tower from toothpicks and Elmer’s Glue too, but in both cases, I don’t really understand what made it worth the effort.
  • Altruism is and has always been an advantage to human survival. Rand’s followers don’t like big government because they think ‘I got mine, get your own!’ But no man/woman is an island, and we all benefit when everyone’s welfare is everyone’s concern.
  • Ayn Rand’s fans, if anything, are worse than the Fundamentalist God botherers. With them, you can quote Jesus to them if they start getting too obnoxious. Ayn Rand fans reject altruism and compassion as weakness, so about all you can do is sock them one in the kisser.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.