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Atlas Begs To Differ: Why It's a Mistake to Believe in Ayn Rand [Kindle Edition]

Charles D. Hayes
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A searing indictment of Ayn Rand's teachings and philosophy. If you were ever captivated by Atlas Shrugged, Charles Hayes will challenge you to wonder why. He has no patience with Objectivists and stridently spells out here why Objectivism is anything but objective. Taking special note of some of Rand's followers, including Congressman Paul Ryan and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Hayes explains why viewing government as evil is shortsighted and why capitalism without regard for consequences is cancerous. As Atlas Begs To Differ makes clear, the economic collapse in America is ample evidence of what can go wrong when profit is the only thing that matters. (16,983 words)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 338 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Autodidactic Press (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060AWNCM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Solace for Left Wing Intellectuals 24 May 2013
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This book will serve to provide solace to left wing intellectuals who feel threatened by the ideas of Ayn Rand.

Unfortunately Levi's arguments are based entirely on his misunderstanding of her philosophy on which he finds it necessary to put a slight twist so as to fuel his arguments.

Worth reading to see how the Liberal mind works but if his intention was to prove Ms Rand wrong then the book can be classed as an utter failure.
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By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE
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After a long literary journey through Ayn Rand's novels and Edward Younkins's very much pro-Randian readerAyn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion, I wanted to finish off with a brief look at some of Ms Rand's many detractors. Levi AsherWhy Ayn Rand Is Wrong (and Why It Matters) aimed at a balanced critique, but I'm glad that I found Charles Hayes' work as well.

This is an excoriating attack not so much on Atlas Shrugged as on Ayn Rand personally and even more so on her supporters, or, as he dubs them, "John Galt pretenders". Mr Hayes doesn't hold back with his criticism; of Rand's younger adherents he says: "When a rush of adolescent hormones encounters an ideology that makes biologically self-centred and narcissistic inclinations seem glorious, critical thinking stops and notions of superiority blossom." A year or so ago, watching the news footage of the Tea Party movement, I was intrigued by the many banners by its supporters that read "I am John Galt". Knowing now what an arrogant if not hubristic claim that is, I have sympathy with Mr Hayes point. Hayes is swingeingly critical of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and American right wing "shock jocks" in general, health insurance companies, Sarah Palin (fair enough, perhaps) and Paul Ryan, amongst others. Former US Marine, policeman, oil worker and self-proclaimed auto-didact, Mr Hayes has a sharp pen!

Many of his attacks on Rand are personal and quite vitriolic. I particularly liked "Rand's insidious ideas are unaffected by the antibiotics of reason".
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I totally agree with solace's post.
Unfortunately it is easy to take apart parts of Ayn Rands ideas without the full context and build a stawman & red herring to her ideas. I'm not an objectivist or "follower" but there are some good ideas that Ayn Rand publicized. The key is the concept of integration, developed further in Leonard Peikoffs "DIM hypothesis" and required to understand Ayn Rand without poking holes at parts without the wholes. Again, I am not claiming that Ayn Rand "discovered anything" but that she simply promoted ideas that can go as far back as Aristotle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand's bizzarre and evil doctrine exposed 23 Feb. 2014
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Ayn Rand is very popular amongst the geeks who flood to Silicon Valley in the States. Her books describe either dystopia or utopia depending upon whether you believe in the whole of humanity or just the wealth creating part of it. You may not have heard of her but her influence on the modern world is absolutely huge as many of her followers hold positions of power and influence in big business and governments around the world. In this book Hayes deconstructs the Randian arguments as detrimental to human progress because of their inhumanity and lack of empathy with the less fortunate. Greed is not good.
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