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Monday, April 25th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Rand's philosphy works well if you become or are born wealthy. It has mostly been said above, but this book and philosophy is the the basis for certain individuals (generally republican or libertarian, and middle or upper class) to take a hands off, no new taxes, no sharing attitude to their lives, believing that they are specially blessed with success because they earned it. Of course, I've done well too (and I've earned it) but that shouldn't make one believe that successful folks are morally superior and come first over everyone else. I run into these folks all the time. They don't contribute anything to society unless there is a direct payback to them (which is why no new taxes works for them). Objectivism is a cold and harsh way to view the world.

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