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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Atheist or no, she called homosexuality immoral and repulsive (though as a libertarian she opposed any legislation against it). And she was a "friendly witness" for the McCarthy panels.
Blind devotism to free market capitalism is the opposite of reason to me. So I never bought her arguments that way
Not really a fan of Rand. Id rather see Scream 4
Dean, I applaud your objectivity and open-mindedness. I wonder are you a person of science, or particularly interested in philosophy as such? I personally have resolved to wait for it to be released on video. Although I am very intrigued by the film, the reviews have just been so terrible that I can't bring myself to spend my 'date night' money to see it.
And for everyone else.. Are there any Randians out there? I'd like to hear from youz guyz!!