David Pabian, March 27, 2012 made these comments about Ayn Rand
“Rand lemmings propaganda."
“Rand was an example, still seen today in many U.S. immigrants from repressive regimes, of bitter resentment toward what she left behind and a complete intellectual incomprehension of the system in her adopted country.
“Tacking a foreign mindset on her new situation and not understanding the many subtle differences of the two systems, she could only rail against Soviet corruption through a very SUBjective prism.
“Her silly ideas are absurd because they're stuck in the 19th century European concept of capitalism and are totally outmoded, if not insane, in the 21st century.
"Her philosophy and novels appeal strongly to teenaged girls, as her works are centered, as she was, on the fantasy of not being a complete woman until getting raped by a big strong American He-man (I'm not making this up - read "Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged").
“The tragedy is when anyone who isn't a teenaged girl still thinks her bubble-headed, drug and alcohol-addled fury actually amounts to a philosophy.
“Most of us now know that Alan Greenspan is pretty much of an idiot - but some of us knew it years ago when we first saw the photograph of him literally sitting at Rand's knees.
Greenspan’s “economic stupidity brought the U.S. to its knees, and it'll be some time before we stand again.
“One has to be pretty weak-minded to find just about anything Rand ever said or did a positive influence, or even adult thought."
Rand was “was basically just a pathetic, envious bitter old junkie."
How Ayn Rand Seduced Generations of Young Men and Helped Make the U.S. Into a Selfish, Greedy Nation
"Ayn Rand’s “philosophy” is nearly perfect in its immorality, which makes the size of her audience all the more ominous and symptomatic as we enter a curious new phase in our society....To justify and extol human greed and egotism is to my mind not only immoral, but evil."
~Gore Vidal, 1961
I am not a philosopher, don't think or take action as a philosopher. I look at what I see, interpret it as best I can, I realize my perception may be wrong or distorted or biased, and when I discover a new idea that makes sense it is easy for me to add or take away or incorporate it.
Ayn Rand never made sense to me, even as a teenager. She makes even less sense to me now and I am not sure I can put into words why. However, here is my attempt.
Ayn Rand thinks in two dimension; one of her quotes: "'If one recognizes the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.' There is no contradiction here; we are merely looking at two sides of the same coin. On the obverse is the word "reality"; on the reverse is the word "reason". Neither can exist, or be understood, without the other."
A coin, two sides, two dimensions. That is not all there is, even though she states reality and reason can not be understood without the other. There is more to be seen than those two alone and exists, even if unseen and that is emotions or stated another way, a third dimension of feeling. We are not created alone, solitary, to be a two-sided characiture of a human, but as the three dimension person with perception with all our senses, cognitive process and emotional reactions.
"The Radicalism of Objectivism", by Ron Merrill, claims to get to the root of objectivism. I don't think he goes far enough to make sense to me. He fails to recognize a quality that goes beyond perception and cognition to emotion (feeling).