What is your take on Ayn Rand?

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What is your take on Ayn Rand?

<3BF <3BF
I hear Ayn Rand and her works (usually The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged) referenced all the time. People have told me she is their favorite author and her books are on many of those "greatest books of all time" lists, but personally I don't get it. Have you read Rand, what's your opinion and why?
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I have read one or more of her works (please share)
8
I have not read Ayn Rand's works
14
I am a huge fan of Rand! (because...)
1
I'm ambivalent about Ayn Rand
I don't like and/or hate Ayn Rand
14
Why would I read a book 1000 pages long to begin with?
3
Other...
2
Total votes: 42 (31 voters)
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02/07/2013
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Llewey Llewey
I read The Fountainhead, Anthem, and Atlas Shrugged.
I personally feel her philosophy may sound nice in theory, but if implemented universally in the real world would cause the collapse of civilization swiftly and entirely. She reacted to one destructive extreme (communism) by suggesting an equally destructive opposite extreme.
02/07/2013
spunkmonkey spunkmonkey
Have not read any yet.
02/07/2013
Falsepast Falsepast
Never read her stuff
02/07/2013
kkybf kkybf
Never read her
02/07/2013
Avant-garde Avant-garde
I have not read her novels but I have studied her philosophy. I don't like her. I think she has some good points regarding egotism but other than that her philosophy is terrible. She miss represents human nature and her idea of an ideal society would be disastrous. I agree with Liewey she created a solution to communism by creating an equally extreme and dangerous philosophy on the other end of the spectrum.

Whats scares me is people and politicians take her seriously and want to create such a society or one inspired by her, yikes!!!
02/07/2013
namelesschaos namelesschaos
Quote:
Originally posted by Llewey
I read The Fountainhead, Anthem, and Atlas Shrugged.
I personally feel her philosophy may sound nice in theory, but if implemented universally in the real world would cause the collapse of civilization swiftly and entirely. She reacted to one ...
This pretty much also I'm always reminded of the Ayn Rand School for Tots link when ever she is mentioned
02/07/2013
Inkkythesquid Inkkythesquid
haven't read
02/07/2013
married with children married with children
just picked up one of her books the other day. Heard it was a good read, but have not started on it yet.
02/07/2013
Avant-garde Avant-garde
Quote:
Originally posted by namelesschaos
This pretty much also I'm always reminded of the Ayn Rand School for Tots link when ever she is mentioned
I like this futurama reference to Ayn Rand.

link
02/07/2013
GONE! GONE!
I'm reading Atlas Shrugged currently. As a book it's okay, but I hate her philosophy.
02/08/2013
Errant Venture Errant Venture
I've not read her books, though I'm familiar with her philosophy. Not a fan.
02/08/2013
Kat and Aaron(aaron) Kat and Aaron(aaron)
Not a fan.
02/08/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
Quote:
Originally posted by Avant-garde
I have not read her novels but I have studied her philosophy. I don't like her. I think she has some good points regarding egotism but other than that her philosophy is terrible. She miss represents human nature and her idea of an ideal ...
Agreed. I am only intrigued by the Fountainhead, because a band I like was into it at one time and inspired by it.
02/08/2013
damnbul12 damnbul12
Quote:
Originally posted by <3BF
I hear Ayn Rand and her works (usually The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged) referenced all the time. People have told me she is their favorite author and her books are on many of those "greatest books of all time" lists, but personally I ...
I have not read Ayn Rand's works
02/08/2013
Passion plum Passion plum
Quote:
Originally posted by Avant-garde
I have not read her novels but I have studied her philosophy. I don't like her. I think she has some good points regarding egotism but other than that her philosophy is terrible. She miss represents human nature and her idea of an ideal ...
+1 on this.
02/08/2013
Allstars316 Allstars316
I have heard from my mother she is very good.
02/09/2013
Kiwi Green Kiwi Green
haven't read her work, but now i'm curious about her books.
02/09/2013
alexjewels alexjewels
Never heard of them.
02/09/2013
Afotog Afotog
I have not read Ayn Rand's works.
02/10/2013
tortilla tortilla
dont even know who it is
02/10/2013
Total posts: 21
Unique posters: 20