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Not my typical read

It was suggested to me sometime in 2007 that there is a division in the books people choose to read that has everything to do with their political proclivities. At the time I thought that was probably the most obvious statement I had ever heard. It was followed up with the challenge that almost anyone would embrace being a Republican if they read Ayn Rand and actually understood it. I am not one to back down from a gauntlet like that being thrown.

I just finished all 720 pages of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. It is a very strange book when you consider when it was written. The book did not weird me out near as much as the random propaganda postcard in the middle of it advertising The Ayn Rand Institute.

For the record, I did understand the book and did not wake up feeling even slightly more conservative.

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twistedcat
Feb. 3rd, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
yeah... I read atlas shrugged many years ago and it didn't make a lick of difference for me either. mind you, i've always been an interesting political mishmash anyway...
rangertarmac
Feb. 3rd, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
I actually enjoy Ayn Rand, though I found Atlas Shrugged to be a bit of hitting the hammer over the head in terms of her manifesto. I hardly consider myself a bastion of conservative thought.
taoskye
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
You not conservative?
Surely you jest! ;)
rangertarmac
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: You not conservative?
Well, at least not a _bastion_ conservative... :-p

I am, however, a conservationist and do like efficiency.
jeffpaulsen
Feb. 3rd, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
The only Ayn Rand worth reading is "Anthem". It's nice and short, too.

I don't think Ayn Rand can make you a Republican. It's made a lot of Libertarians, though. Unfortunately many of those are of the "I got mine, so screw you" flavor.
rangertarmac
Feb. 3rd, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Ayn Rand worth reading...
My favorite of hers (that I've read) was We the Living.
blues_gal
Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
You know I read that post with bated breath...you being a republican would pretty much ruin my understanding of the world for a bit.
taoskye
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
No worries there
There is no log cabin in me yet. :)
sage_and_sea
Feb. 4th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: No worries there
I read The Fountainhead when I was young and impressionable and it was apparently wasted on me. Unless I am hiding my conservative bent from even myself.
taoskye
Feb. 4th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: No worries there
Well, you read enough to be influenced multiple directions simultaneously most of the time. I doubt any one book that is a departure from your way of thinking could shape you that way. I guess we are less than impressionable huh?
31504
May. 15th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
That challenge assumes that you can't possibly understand something and still disagree with it. I read Anthem (3x), Atlas Shrugged, and The Fountainhead (4 or 5x) when I was in high school and college and was mildly swayed by it for a bit. I think it was the autonomy that was attractive - the idea that I could be responsible for and to myself, rather than responsible for fulfilling the expectations of everyone around me. Which is a valuable idea, when it doesn't get expanded to "it's ok to be irresponsible with other people's well-being," so I just ended up integrating the autonomy concept into my world view and remaining a flaming liberal.

(Hi, I'm babbling on your lj and we don't know each other. *waves*)
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