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'''Ayn Rand''', born '''Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum''' (1905-1982) was a [[Russian]]-born [[philosopher]], screenwriter, and novelist, who used her novels to promote her philosophy, known as [[Objectivism]]. Her best-known novels are [[Atlas_Shrugged|''Atlas Shrugged'']] and ''[[The Fountainhead]]''.  Although her philosophy differs in many respects from [[libertarianism]], it also emphasized individual freedom, and her novels, particularly ''Atlas Shrugged,'' contain lectures that are considered touchstones for libertarian thinking. Rand often called herself a "radical for capitalism," by which she meant the pure, ''laissez-faire'' variety.  
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'''Ayn Rand''', born '''Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum''' (1905-1982) was a [[Russian]]-born [[philosopher]], screenwriter, and novelist, who used her novels to promote her philosophy, known as [[Objectivism]]. Her best-known novels are [[Atlas_Shrugged|''Atlas Shrugged'']] and ''[[The Fountainhead]]''.
  
While Rand is commonly associated with [[conservative|conservatism]], she disagreed with social conservatives on key issues, most notably on the existence of [[God]] (as she was an [[atheism|atheist]]) and on traditional [[family]] valuesAlso, she was strongly [[pro-choice]] on the issue of [[abortion]], as are her followers.<ref>Page on abortion from the Ayn Rand Institute [http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=7893]</ref>
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Rand's philosophy was anti-Christian to the point of even declaring that "[[faith]], as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason."<ref>http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=media_topic_religion</ref>  The movement she founded supports a "absolute right" to [[abortion]] at any time during pregnancy,<ref>http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5105</ref> including partial-birth abortion.
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Ayn Rand's philosophy and followers also support a "right" to have same-sex marriage, and opposed California's [[Proposition 8]] defining marriage as between one man and woman.<ref>http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=21821</ref>
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Ayn Rand attracted a following based on her opposition to collectivism, as articulated in her novels, particularly ''Atlas Shrugged''.  Her followers today tend to be [[libertarians]] and predominantly unmarried men, many of whom are drawn to a self-indulgent lifestyle consistent with Rand's philosophyRand often called herself a "radical for capitalism," by which she meant the pure, ''laissez-faire'' variety.
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Rand had very little in common with [[conservatives]] except for a mutual opposition to communism and socialism.  Rand was an [[atheism|atheist]]) and opponent of traditional [[family]] values, who personally adhered more to [[Hollywood Values]] than conservative ones.<ref>http://www.noblesoul.com/orc/bio/biofaq.html</ref> She was a strident opponent of altruism.
  
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
 
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: The stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission – which is the stage of the darkest periods of [[human]] history, the stage of rule by brute force."<ref>http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45735 WorldNetDaily.com Should Democratic Party merge with Communist Party?, August 12, 2005</ref>
 
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: The stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission – which is the stage of the darkest periods of [[human]] history, the stage of rule by brute force."<ref>http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45735 WorldNetDaily.com Should Democratic Party merge with Communist Party?, August 12, 2005</ref>
 
  
 
==Books Written==
 
==Books Written==

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Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (1905-1982) was a Russian-born philosopher, screenwriter, and novelist, who used her novels to promote her philosophy, known as Objectivism. Her best-known novels are Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

Rand's philosophy was anti-Christian to the point of even declaring that "faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason."[1] The movement she founded supports a "absolute right" to abortion at any time during pregnancy,[2] including partial-birth abortion.

Ayn Rand's philosophy and followers also support a "right" to have same-sex marriage, and opposed California's Proposition 8 defining marriage as between one man and woman.[3]

Ayn Rand attracted a following based on her opposition to collectivism, as articulated in her novels, particularly Atlas Shrugged. Her followers today tend to be libertarians and predominantly unmarried men, many of whom are drawn to a self-indulgent lifestyle consistent with Rand's philosophy. Rand often called herself a "radical for capitalism," by which she meant the pure, laissez-faire variety.

Rand had very little in common with conservatives except for a mutual opposition to communism and socialism. Rand was an atheist) and opponent of traditional family values, who personally adhered more to Hollywood Values than conservative ones.[4] She was a strident opponent of altruism.

Quotes

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: The stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission – which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."[5]

Books Written

  • We the Living
  • Anthem
  • The Fountainhead
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
  • The Romantic Manifesto
  • The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
  • The Virtue of Selfishness

References

Doherthy, Brian. 'Radicals for Capitalism a Freewheeling History of the Modern Libertarian Movement.' New York: Public Affairs, 2007.

  1. http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=media_topic_religion
  2. http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5105
  3. http://www.aynrand.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=21821
  4. http://www.noblesoul.com/orc/bio/biofaq.html
  5. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45735 WorldNetDaily.com Should Democratic Party merge with Communist Party?, August 12, 2005

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