13th November 2011
Ayn Rand, the goddess of liberty
I chanced upon a nice, short discussion on Youtube, of Ayn Rand's philosophy.
Rated particularly highly in my scheme of things, my one complaint with Rand's philosophy – and more particularly with her followers – is the lack of citizenship this philosophy seems to display.
I need to see Whiggism from Rand followers. Only then will she truly join the classical liberal pantheon. Only then will I consider her teachings to be of value.
We must never forget that it was not Ayn Rand who changed the world for the better but the Whigs and the Levellers. The American constitution was an outcome of such ACTORS, not the outcome merely of thinkers who twiddle their thumbs and criticise OTHERS.
Rand followers are a dead end, as far as India is concerned.
They often hold a "holier-than-thou" attitude in their self-claimed personal superiority of "belief", but are TOTALLY blind to the fact that society does not change through ideas but through action, and that their beliefs mean NOTHING if these do not change society.
Consider socialism – a miserable little foreign idea which held no meaning for India. There is not even a whiff of socialism in Indian thought.
But in the hands of Nehru this miserable idea overtook India entirely and (as expected) TOTALLY DESTROYED it. Nehru's actions were key to socialism's growth in India, not the theory itself – which is weak, self-contradictory, and pathetic .
This short talk on Rand, below, is by Jennifer Burns, an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia and author ofGoddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. Jennifer's website: http://www.jenniferburns.org/.