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Kristin sent me this and it’s just what I needed. I love the images. Especially nice to look at on such a beautiful day when it should be illegal to work in a windowless office.
Wow. Nothing? Harsh, people.
I know! Oh well.
Does anyone want to tell me why anyone likes Ayn Rand? CNN has a dumb headline about how she’s seeing a resurgence right now. Without reading the article, or Rand herself, I just want to say this makes NO sense to me. I thought we were learning both she, and her protege Greenspan, were full of crack and that this whole economic disaster business is, in part, the fault of crackerjack theories like theirs. Am I wrong? Please discuss.
Ok, now I’ve read the story. I can’t stand it. I just want to puke. Yes, peeps, I can’t stand Rand.
I don’t mind her, not “THE WORST THING I HAVE EVER READ”– I think that is a highly contested position. Tropic of Cancer probably wins for that. She’s definitely got an obvious view on the triumph of individuals v. the masses or society or government. I just find her books too tremendously long and predictable. And not predictable in a good way.
There was a great thing in the Financial Times this morning talking about the fallacy of Economics generally (and also Ayn Rand) saying that basing all our economic assumptions on the model that Markets are Rational and Efficient is like early astronomers basing all their theories on the “fact” that the earth was the center of the solar system, and every time something didn’t match that basic tenet, they would add an exception.
Yeah, the whole premise of selfishness and laissez-faire capitalism is pretty much antithetical to anything I can stomach.
I just don’t get how people would be “returning” to her theories in light of this crisis. It seems this disaster has pretty much shot a hole through the idea of deregulation.
Selling lots of books for us, though.
I finally sat down and read the NY Times post, and it is just awesome. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing that one.
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