Youtube Saturday Morning / Ayn Rand on Donahue

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Welcome to Youtube Saturday Morning. Does the idea of a small, Russian-American, elder woman in a pale blue blouse intellectually annihilating all comers appeal to you? Maybe it is time to view Ayn Rand’s appearance on Donahue.

Her whole appearance is separated into several parts. You can start your journey into the merciless iron jaws of reason here.

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3 Responses to “Youtube Saturday Morning / Ayn Rand on Donahue”

  1. toby Says:

    Link fixed. Terms of use, Dag!

  2. Sage Says:

    She’s interesting, of course. My take on Aristotle and Plato is that Plato looked at the big picture (and appealed to Augustine and his ilk) while Aristotle started from the pieces, and therefore was a harbinger of science. So Plato got ingested into a lot of early theology. Ayn Rand is devoted to reason and therefore, I think, an atheist. There’s no room for faith, except in self. And if there’s nothing more to live for than right now, then you might as well go for it.

    I read her stuff when I was a kid (about 15 or so) and it was intoxicating. It was Neitzchean in some ways. But I was also a dreamer. And the hippies were just the opposite of Ms. Rand. I thought her best stuff was “The Virtue of Selfishness.” That layed it out.

    If you just take Aristotle and throw out Plato, you’re into us vs. them, and you are not seeing the whole picture. She believes only in what she sees. And it’s a comfort to an atheist (I was one). But it is only one side of things, the material side. We have to find balance.

    I’ve been blogging with atheists and they are, in a way, blinded by facts. They are the ultimate moderns. Their faith is in reason, which is cool to an extent, but it only goes so far. It leaves you stranded in Flatland.

    It is interesting that the Golden Compass is not doing well in America. Nicole Kidman is barely paying her salary. 2007 was the year of the atheist: which is one reason I’m curious about what is going on among our non-theist friends.

    Ms. Rand, by the way, was apparently either a smoker or an asthmatic, judging from her hard breathing. I’m surprised she didn’t think smoking was very pedestrian from her elitist perch. But again, I’m guessing. She was in that smoking generation.

    If you like her, you might also like Eric Hoffer who was a longshoreman philosopher who became famous in the ’60s for “The True Believer.” That book was a classic and should maybe be read by Christians for an outsider’s view.

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