1. RJW says

    Can’t wait to read it, it will be fascinating to explore the early development of the intellect of one of history’s most influential political and economic philosophers.
    “Objectivism” is truly unforgettable.

  2. Athywren - Social Justice Spellsword says

    I actually read about her history and felt sorry for her once. The Russian revolution really did suck for the richer parts of society. Of course, the few hundred years leading up to it sucked for everyone else, so I didn’t feel that sorry for her, just a bit sorry.
    I’m sad that they don’t seem to have included “I got all these toys from my own hard work alone; Mummy & Daddy had nothing to do with it.” That’s one of my favourites.

  3. brucegee1962 says

    If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth reading this graphic biography of her: . It’s fairly devastating.

    The fake book about the doll was interesting. Apparently when she was young, her mother made her choose half her toys to put away, which would be given back to her in a year. She imagined how excited she would be getting her toys back, and so she chose all her favorites to be put away. A year later, she asked her mother for them back, and her mother told her she had given them all away to an orphanage.

    Apparently she actually did save an essay she wrote when she was little. It was all about how childhood sucks.

  4. starskeptic says

    Let’s not forget her first love poem – courtesy of Stephen Colbert:

    Roses are red
    violets are blue
    finish this poem yourself
    you dependent parasite

  5. HappyNat says

    How to Share – Interpreted from Ayn Rand

    Timmy wants to play with Becky’s toy train.
    Fuck Timmy. He doesn’t deserve handouts. If he really wanted a toy train he should have been born to rich parents or he could get a paper route. If he won’t work hard he can play in the dirt.
    Becky shouldn’t talk to Timmy except to tell him he is worthless. This will make Timmy work harder and achieve his own train.

    Now I just need an illustrator.

  6. nathanaelnerode says

    She was obviously abused by her mother. Doesn’t excuse her behavior, but may explain a lot of it.

  7. Crimson Clupeidae says

    One of my favorite quotes regarding Rand:

    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”


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