I’ve started the book Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns, which is a bio of Ayn Rand. The book focuses on her intellectual influence rather than her artistic influence because, as Burns notes, Rand’s artistic influence is non-existent. Mostly, the people who like her books don’t read for pleasure but as a political exercise.
Burns uses new papers largely unavailable to previous researchers to write the book, and she attempts neutrality. As a researcher who is looking to contextualize Rand’s work into Rand’s life, neutrality is desirable. But, in the end, I have trouble getting behind it.
Continue reading Starting Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right
I’ve been reading about early America, colonial days up to the American Revolution, mostly. Of course, before the English got around to exploring things, the Spanish were the most prolific North American explorers.
Continue reading Why write a satire of Atlas Shrugged?
One of the central problems, I feel, with Ayn Rand’s work in general, and Atlas Shrugged in particular, is that she was a very black-and-white thinker.
To her, any “governmental coercion” equals the Stalinist USSR.
Of course, I have hindsight she doesn’t have, but it is also my experience that Objectivist-inspired neocons have a convenient and peculiar way of historical interpretation.
So, after World War II, the United States was as close to a socialist democratic republic that we’d ever get, from the New Deal to the Marshall Plan, Keynesian economics held sway. The highest tax rate was around 95% both here and abroad.
Continue reading Starting some critique about Ayn Rand, oh, yeah, bab-ee, it’s AWN!
Starting a blog feels weird. I know I should have one, as an indie writer, but how to start? Like with all writing, I decided to start by starting, even though the odds of anyone reading this are low.
I am starting the research for a new project, whose working title is Atlas Stumbled. It is a satirical, unauthorized sequel to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. In the process of doing research, I often find much to discuss (or about which to rant), so that’ll be good feeder material for the blog!