Ayn Rand was (may her memory and brilliant writings live on) a very outspoken supporter of individualism; antagonist of COLLECTIVISM (aka "mob mentality"). best known for "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" (long books but the most rewarding i've ever read), her first novel "We The Living" was one of the first to convey the plight of the Russian people after the Bolshevik Revolution. On 10/1/07, Joe Screnock wrote: <Snip>
meant to say "convey to Americans". stereoplegic wrote: <Snip>
Very interesting OT, A dear friend who knows I love Ayn Rand sent me her: The Virtues of Selfishness, A new Concept of Egoism for my birthday this year, published in 1964 this little paperback volume is in remarkably good condition. an excellent read! ginny ---- stereoplegic wrote: <Snip>
stereoplegic wrote: <Snip> My first exposure to the concept of "collective living" came in junior high when I read Frank Herbert's book "Hellstrom's Hive". Ayn Rand's version of a collective is a little more attractive by comparison...
i'll have to look for that one. Slinkster wrote: <Snip>
"Philosophy: Who Needs It" (her answer to that question is "everyone") is another excellent read, as are "Capitalism: The Unknown Idea" (she was a firm believer that America's problems stemmed not from capitalism but from the element of gov't controls in our mixed economy, since we've never had full-fledged laissez faire (hands off!) capitalism) and "The Romantic Manifesto" (her views on art, esp. good are her included introduction to Victor Hugo's "Ninety-Three" and her explanation of "Why I Write"). Interestingly enough, two of her favorite writers were Victor Hugo and Fyodor Dostoevsky, my numbers 2 and 3 after her (i understood this much better after reading her concept of an artist's "sense of life"). gin wrote: <Snip>
<Snip> I Write"). Interestingly enough, two of her favorite writers were Victor Hugo and Fyodor Dostoevsky, my numbers 2 and 3 after her (i understood this much better after reading her concept of an artist's "sense of life"). <<< Interesting the people you meet in these tpyes of groups who read and appreciate Ayn Rand. thanks for the OT ginny