Call me old fashioned but I'm a dinner and movie kinda guy. Well this weekend marks the opening of a film based on the best-selling novel by author, philosopher and noted atheist Ayn Rand. The film (and novel) is called Atlas Shrugged. Rand was a polarizing figure of the twentieth century partly because of her unapologetic atheism, but more so because of the philosophy she introduce to the world called "Objectivism".
Objectivism extols the virtues of self-interest, individualism, unbridled free-market capitalism, limited government and the promotion of objective reality and reason. It opposes the notion of altruism, charity and government-regulated social equality. Some of Rand's most notable followers include former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, US Congressman (and 2008 presidential candidate) Ron Paul, and US Supreme Court Justice Clarance Thomas.
My questions are:
1. How many will be going to see this film?
2. Will you be taking someone from Atheist Singles?
3. What are your thoughts on Ayn Rand, her "Objectivism" philosophy and her politics?
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1. Not me.
3. She's full of shit, idolizes serial-killers, and wanted to form a society based upon sociopathy. Her first two points about rationalism and objective reality were good, and then she just went completely freaking nuts.
Also, dinner-and-a-movie is a horrible first-date idea. Many people (not me, but plenty of others) are self-conscious when eating. The last thing they want is do it in front of someone they're just meeting. Then, you're supposed to go sit in the dark with someone, where you can't even talk and get to know him/her.
I'd rather go to a museum, a coffee/tea shop, somewhere where you can have a more interactive, active experience ... go kart track, laser tag arena, or whatever activities you would enjoy ... I dunno, anything during which you could actually talk to a girl and get to know her.
Yeah, that's one of the things that always makes me laugh. The fundies make up the bulk of the people who worship Ayn Rand, completely ignoring the rational root of her philosophy, before she goes astray. It makes me worry greatly about what the movie will turn into.
Did he at least hire competent filmmakers and stay hands-off on everything except for the obvious nudges towards religious ideology, in the writing?