Speaking of Rand (and her Odd Acceptance in Conservative Circles These Days)
As I noted yesterday, the pending release of Atlas Shrugged as a motion picture will likely spark a great deal of discussion of Ayn Rand.
An example if Donald Luskin’s column in the WSJ: Remembering the Real Ayn Rand.
The whole piece is worth a read, but I was especially struck by the following:
Rand was a devout atheist, which set her against the movement’s Christian bent. She got off on the wrong foot with the movement’s founder, William F. Buckley Jr., when she introduced herself to him in her thick Russian accent, saying "You are too intelligent to believe in God!"
This is striking to me for two reasons.
The first is that I had an Objectivist friend during my undergraduate days who relished telling me this story. (The funny thing was at the time I was trying to convert him in an Evangelical sense and he was trying to convert me to Objectivism.)
The second is that the current Rand craze in Republican/conservative/Tea Party circles is rather curious, as whatever else Rand may have been, she was no social conservative.