Rand And Other Rants

Posted by M ws On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 1 comments
Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum, (February 2 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.

Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood and had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two initially unsuccessful early novels, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward she turned to nonfiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982.

Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected all forms of faith and religion. She supported rational and ethical egoism, and rejected ethical altruism. In politics, she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed all forms of collectivism and statism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she believed was the only social system that protected individual rights. She promoted romantic realism in art. She was sharply critical of most other philosophers and philosophical traditions.

Rand's fiction was poorly received by many literary critics, and academia generally ignored or rejected her philosophy. The Objectivist movement attempts to spread her ideas, both to the public and in academic settings. She is a major influence among libertarians and American conservatives.


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Interestingly, here's one of Any Rand's observations on mass demonstrations:

“The common denominator of all such gangs is the belief in motion, not action – in chanting, not arguing – in demanding, not achieving – in feeling, not thinking – in denouncing ‘outsiders,’ not in pursuing values – in focusing only on the ‘now,’ the ‘today’ without a ‘tomorrow’ – in seeking to return to ‘nature,’ to ‘the earth,’ to the mud, to physical labor, i.e., to all the things which a perceptual mentality is able to handle. You don’t see advocates of reason and science clogging a street in the belief that using their bodies to stop traffic, will solve any problem.” -Ayn Rand, Philosophy- Who needs It?, p. 59


Here are ten famous quotes About Mass Psychology:

#10 Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 1974

"To speak of certain government and establishment institutions as 'the system' is to speak correctly . . . They are sustained by structural relationships even when they have lost all other meaning and purpose. People arrive at a factory and perform a totally meaningless task from eight to five without question because the structure demands it be that way. There's no villian, no 'mean guy' who wants them to live meaningless lives, it's just that the structure, the system demands it and no one is willing to take on the formidable task of changing the structure just because it is meaningless."

#09 - Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 1886

"Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."

#08 - Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes, 1911

"The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims."

#07 - J. G. Ballard, Running Wild, 1988

J. G. Ballard, Running Wild, 1988 Image

"In a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom."

#06 - Antonin Artaud, Van Gogh - The Man Suicided by Society, 1947

"It is thus that a few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior."

#05 - Henry David Thoreau, Journal, March 14, 1838

"The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest."

#04 - Carl Jung, Concerning Rebirth, 1940

"Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics."

#03 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, 1860

"Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them."

#02 - Alfred Jarry, La Revue Blanche, 1897

"It is because the public are a mass—inert, obtuse, and passive—that they need to be shaken up from time to time so that we can tell from their bear-like grunts where they are—and also where they stand. They are pretty harmless, in spite of their numbers, because they are fighting against intelligence."

#01 - Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841

"Men, it has been well said, think in herds. It will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."

Have a pleasant evening!

1 comments to Rand And Other Rants

  1. says:

    cin2tan 'BERSIH' ...has suddenly disappeared in my Kamus !!

    'BERSIN' ...then i 'SNEEZED' & woke up from my snap ...oops maaf
    nap...sweating chilly !!

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