Ayn Rand’s worship of a serial killer

April 17, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

I was stunned when I read this article by Mark Ames at Alternet. I’ve long found Ayn Rand’s worldview to be morally stunted, even sociopathic, but I had no idea that she was so far gone that she fervently admired a serial-killer/dismemberer. Check out this intro:

There’s something deeply unsettling about living in a country where millions of people froth at the mouth at the idea of giving health care to the tens of millions of Americans who don’t have it, or who take pleasure at the thought of privatizing and slashing bedrock social programs like Social Security or Medicare. It might not be so hard to stomach if other Western countries also had a large, vocal chunk of the population that thought like this, but the U.S. is seemingly the only place where right-wing elites can openly share their distaste for the working poor. Where do they find their philosophical justification for this kind of attitude?

It turns out, you can trace much of this thinking back to Ayn Rand, a popular cult-philosopher who exerts a huge influence over much of the right-wing and libertarian crowd, but whose influence is only starting to spread out of the U.S.

One reason most countries don’t find the time to embrace Ayn Rand’s thinking is that she is a textbook sociopath. In her notebooks Ayn Rand worshiped a notorious serial murderer-dismemberer, and used this killer as an early model for the type of “ideal man” she promoted in her more famous books. These ideas were later picked up on and put into play by major right-wing figures of the past half decade, including the key architects of America’s most recent economic catastrophe . . .

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Category: Altruism, American Culture, Education

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Jim Razinha says:

    It doesn't surprise me that some of the elements in her philosophical obsession with individuality were admiration for sociopathic tendencies. As I age, I see how warped she really was. Of course, when I was a teen, I thought she nailed it.

    Somewhat off-topic, yet on at the same time, chapter 8 of Michael Shermer's "Why People Believe Weird Things" is titled "The Unlikeliest Cult – Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and the Cult of Personality". (A somewhat different version can be found here: http://www.2think.org/02_2_she.shtml)

  2. Bill Byford says:

    Of course Rand is a bonafide psychopath. Her view of life and those that perpetrate it nowadays are a good example of it.

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