An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Ayn Rand – the cultural phenomenon

AynRand.jpgAyn Rand has enjoyed almost cult following ever since she burst on the scene. Her fans are aplenty. I still remember that her books were the staple of many in my college times. But what or how was she?

She was proud, grouchy, vindictive, insulting, dismissive, and rash. (One former associate called her “the Evel Knievel of leaping to conclusions.”) But she was also idealistic, yearning, candid, worshipful, precise, and improbably charming.

Interestingly, although she claimed she could figure out the “entire philosophy of life” of someone through what he found sexually attractive, yet she did not want people to get into her history. Her thought, she would claim was not dependent on her relationships and family etc. But was that so?  She lived in Soviet Union and was badly affected by the excesses of the Bolshevik party.

Btw, she was a Russian and born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum.  Rand was probably a Cyrillic contraction of her birth surname while Ayn was a Finnish name that she adopted for her writing career.

Have you read Ayn Rand?  if so, do you have an opinion?

Reference Links:
The One Argument Ayn Rand Couldn’t Win — New York Magazine

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  1. vk says

    Ayn Rand was an ideological guru of Alan Greenspan. In his biography, Greenspan talks about how he espoused her idea of minimal government regulation of markets and capitalism in general. Greepspan fought every effort by the few people who tried to implement checks and balances on the trading of stocks, derivatives, mortgages and debt. See PBS/Frontline documentary titled ‘The Warning'(http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/….

    In 2008 Greenspan effectively renounced the theories he espoused (sourced from Ayn Rand) saying the Recession and collapse of 2008 had shaken his faith.

  2. vk says

    Ayn Rand was an ideological guru of Alan Greenspan. In his biography, Greenspan talks about how he espoused her idea of minimal government regulation of markets and capitalism in general. Greepspan fought every effort by the few people who tried to implement checks and balances on the trading of stocks, derivatives, mortgages and debt. See PBS/Frontline documentary titled ‘The Warning'(http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/warning/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=proglist&utm_source=proglist).

    In 2008 Greenspan effectively renounced the theories he espoused (sourced from Ayn Rand) saying the Recession and collapse of 2008 had shaken his faith.

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