I don’t know why that image isn’t working anymore.
Well, here’s her quote:
"I am a mediocre writer, hypocrite and a sociopath. My disciples are ignorant deluded hypocritical sociopaths too." Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosembaum AKA Ayn RandI bring it up because it's about the first time I've read anything she's written that has made sense to me. ~ ~ ~
UPDATE 6/12/ and 6/14 to add the bold... for the hard of comprehending ... and perhaps an adjustment to the title... lest we get too distracted from my own incomprehension at how many people take her writing seriously. OK so the words attached to the picture are a prank: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/forums/viewthread/15752/P60/#181829But, like I've said this thread wasn't about what Ayn thought of herself, it's about my bafflement that people have elevated her novels to foundational political action. To me it all seems so disconnected from what the real world, and pageant of our individual lives, is all about. ~ ~ ~ Still trying to comprehend the Rand loving Tea-Party/Neo-Con/Republican mindYou mean the one that starts, "I am a mediocre writer?" 100% fabrication out of whole cloth. Yes, I know everything she ever wrote, and most of what she said publicly. (I began reading her in 1962). Being in philosophy, I got to know her gradually after that. In her final years (1980 - 1982) I was speaking to her daily on the phone and visited her frequently. So I can on that basis tell you that such a statement would have been impossible to her.Thank you and I will accept your authority on the matter. Thanks.
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Further reading for the curious:
Ayn Rand, Just Go Away By Victoria Bekiempis, Guardian UK 11 June 12 http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/11863-focus-ayn-rand-just-go-away
Ayn Rand: Sociopath Who Admired a Serial Killer? By Austin Cline, About.com GuideMay 11, 2011 http://atheism.about.com/b/2011/05/11/ayn-rand-sociopath-who-admired-a-serial-killer.htm
Ayn Rand And The Sociopathic Society or ‘How I Learned To Stop Loving My Neighbor And Despise Them Instead’ 2013/03/24 By Justin "Filthy Liberal Scum" Rosario http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/03/24/sociopathic/
"This is a simple fact that can be verified by anyone with even minimal Google skills. She was the Albert Schweitzer of Selfishness and the Mother Theresa of Greed all rolled into one. This, naturally, makes her a hero to the Right and qualifies her for sainthood. Too bad she was an Atheist. . ." Voices from the Flats – I Me Mine: The Unholy Trinity Of Ayn Rand By Don Millard http://www.themudflats.net/?p=20458