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  •  Pffftttt - her best book was "We The Living" (2+ / 0-)
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    because she was writing about events she had experienced and survived. And even so it's way too polemical.

    If it's
    Not your body,
    Then it's
    Not your choice
    And it's
    None of your damn business!

    by TheOtherMaven on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 06:25:42 PM PDT

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    •  I'm certainly not in a hurry to read more Rand, (2+ / 0-)

      but I might try that one. I'd sort of rather all her books vanish into thin air, on account of their pernicious influence on young, impressionable conservatives and libertarians. But they won't. At this point I'm so tired of the right that I wouldn't lose much sleep if all the young, impressionable conservatives and libertarians vanished into thin air. Except my two misguided nephews.

      I notice Mencken said We The Living was "a really excellent piece of work."

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 06:57:11 PM PDT

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      •  Never read We the Living (3+ / 0-)

        but Atlas Shrugged was didactic prose at its MOST didactic and then stopped for 90 pages (in the paperback edition) so the author could lecture the readers at length about How Wonderful Her Philosophy Is and How Awful You Peons Are...while collecting money from the dole here in the U.S.

        Am I calling Rand a hack writer and a hypocrite?

        Why, yes. I am. She was.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:39:18 AM PDT

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      •  I confess to having liked atlas shrugged (1+ / 0-)
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        Brecht

        And fountainhead a lot and have read them several times.

        We the living has the advantage of being short, but I didn't like it nearly as much.

        I think Ellsworth Toohey and The James taggarts are good examples of the quintessential republicans and that her philosophy of selfishness is a loser, but I found the books to be real page turners.

        Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

        by No Exit on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 08:22:01 AM PDT

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