Originally Posted by Gary McCoy
Rand's philosopy is clear to anyone who has read her books. But I can't bring myself to re-read them, my 40+ year old memories are enough.
Admittedly, her books are somewhat dated by history. As I said in my review of AS1, I would have hoped that they had updated the trains to something more current, such as a Virgin Galactic-type suborbital space plane transport. That would have made for a much better movie but at a much higher cost for visual effects.
What people conveniently forget about Rand's philosophy is that she lived through the Bolshevik Revolution as a member of the Middle Class, and had a classical education in the Ashkenazi Jewish tradition. Her philosophy opposed Communism, Socialism, and Totalitarianism - in fact collectivism in any form. Instead she promoted laissez-faire
capitalism and was utterly opposed to the use of military force.
It's not exactly modern Libertarian thought, but it has much in common with it. Robert A. Heinlein is mainstream Libertarianism and was mildly critical of "Randites", being a shrewd observer of humanity, warts and all. Both writers were also inspired by Samuel L. Clemens IMHO.
I don't think either Rand or Heinlein gave enough thought to basic human greed. Both major political parties in the USA have sold out to those with money. You can buy any Legislation you want and only lip service is paid to the Constitution by either party.
I'd like to vote the bastids out, but with the sorry state of education, and the basic palliative attention paid by both parties to the middle/lower class, while the "bread and circuses" of entitlements and sports/entertainment/internet keeps them enthralled, there just is little chance of change.
I'm gonna retire soon and let the rest of you support me. I'd hate to be anybody under age 40, who'll get to pay the highest taxes in history while the ship of state sinks. But I'm retiring to a small farm with a well, solar power, a large garden, and a few chickens. It's a time-honored way of surviving in a bad economy when the currency becomes worthless - which should happen within two decades by my reckoning.
I'm looking forward to AS3, and I'll start a 3rd review thread for that. Meanwhile, all of you get back to work and file your taxes on time, as I'm gonna need your money.