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Who is John Galt? And Why Does Ayn Rand Still Fascinate The Young?

2020Hindsight Wrote: Aug 22, 2012 2:31 PM
Mr. Greenburg falls, as many do, for the too simplistic meaning of Rand's "rational self interest". Thinking on a deeper level it can be in my rational self interest to be an honorable, decent, caring and sharing person. Being selfish and greedy will on work in a society for a short time before "what goes around comes around. Under her philosophy I can and should pursue my interests and what makes me happy, not based on what other people or the state want me to do. So if I chose to be charitable, kind and helpful, then I am right to do it for my own happiness.
Grant75 Wrote: Aug 22, 2012 5:08 PM
If competition in the free market is dominated by "greed" — then the alternative is dominated by "sloth." When it comes our economic welfare – our standard of living – “greed" is a healthier condition than "sloth." A sense of entitlement is the antithesis of a sense of personal responsibility.
wmou Wrote: Aug 22, 2012 3:07 PM
Is it selfish for a person to invest time and effort towards their own business or profession in order to make money? Maybe, but society greatly benefits when we do. If we decide to share our wealth with others, society again benefits.
If we do not act in our own self-interest, who will? Federal bureacrats?

Ayn Rand is back in the news, as she always is in the subconscious of healthy American males. Reading her is as much a developmental stage as puberty. Most grow out of it, but that doesn't mean it leaves them, it just becomes part of their make-up somewhere back there. Like old girlfriends or nights on the town fondly remembered, but not something they'd want to go through again, please God.

For a brief bright period, as with all forms of intoxication, the subject is convinced he's discovered the secret of the universe, the essence of existence, his purpose in life...