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dustbunnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-01-09 10:37 AM
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18. It's nostalgia for lost youth maybe.
Edited on Fri May-01-09 11:01 AM by dustbunnie
Sort of like that blip of popularity for Jack Kerouac/the beat poets a couple of years ago.

The Book of the Month club is also kind of responsible for it. Maybe ten years ago they put out some ad campaign following a member survey, claiming that Ayn Rand's work came only second to the Christian bible in terms of influence. The Library of Congress was involved somehow, and It became one of those marketing schemes that spun into urban legend. People still buy into it.

Edited to add good link explaining how the Captains of Industry are promoting the rise in popularity.

Every month or so, a group of 15 or 20 Kansas City CEOs get together to share advice and corporate war stories. It's nothing like a book club, but membership requires a working knowledge of the novel.


After Enron, WorldCom, Tyco and other scandals that have created a public backlash against industry and its captains, the Kansas City group has fantasized of a modern-day strike of thinkers and creators, says Neal Patterson, a group member and CEO of Cerner, a big health care information technology company.
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  -What's priming the resurgence of the Ayn Rand crap now? sharp_stick  May-01-09 10:16 AM   #0 
  - It provides a way for the selfish to rationalize their greed  Taverner   May-01-09 10:20 AM   #1 
  - Or rationalize their failure. n/t  Twillig   May-01-09 10:26 AM   #10 
  - Exactly!  KT2000   May-01-09 06:58 PM   #34 
  - stupid comes in cycles  Teaser   May-01-09 10:20 AM   #2 
  - Beats me!  ananda   May-01-09 10:21 AM   #3 
  - In other words conservatives love her  BOSSHOG   May-01-09 10:22 AM   #4 
  - I heard Neal Boortz praising Ayn Rand on his show yesterday  Hugabear   May-01-09 10:24 AM   #5 
  - Mebbe because William F. Buckley is dead and Ayn Rand can be rehabilitated?  HereSince1628   May-01-09 10:25 AM   #6 
  - They're looking for a leader and a dead Russian is the best they can do.  Toucano   May-01-09 10:25 AM   #7 
  - Democratic president means some conservatives wish they could withdraw...  Eric J in MN   May-01-09 10:25 AM   #8 
  - Utter lack of ideas on the right  BurtWorm   May-01-09 10:25 AM   #9 
  - Hardly any classic fiction makes their point...  TreasonousBastard   May-01-09 10:29 AM   # 
  - Yeah and some Ayn Rand Society blowhard was on...  OHDEM   May-01-09 10:29 AM   #11 
  - "'Atlas Shrugged' should be required reading for all high-schoolers!"  bullwinkle428   May-01-09 10:30 AM   #12 
  - Teh stupid.  BlooInBloo   May-01-09 10:30 AM   #13 
  - Election 2008.  sinkingfeeling   May-01-09 10:30 AM   #14 
  - same here  flakey_foont   May-01-09 10:32 AM   #15 
  - Greedy people with no empathy or sense of communtiy.  Ikonoklast   May-01-09 10:32 AM   #16 
  - Most thinkers go through an Ayn Rand phase in their teenage years.  Ron Green   May-01-09 10:33 AM   # 
  - greedy upperclass idiots  fascisthunter   May-01-09 10:33 AM   #17 
  - It's nostalgia for lost youth maybe.  dustbunnie   May-01-09 10:37 AM   #18 
  - IMO, Ayn Rand was a reasonably good author and a really lousy human being  Cyrano   May-01-09 10:40 AM   #19 
  - I saw one of those "Who Is John Galt" tire covers the other day. . .  DinahMoeHum   May-01-09 10:45 AM   #20 
  - We have one at work  sharp_stick   May-01-09 12:10 PM   #27 
  - Are you aware of the 2008 Video Game of the Year "Bioshock"?  YOY   May-01-09 10:47 AM   #21 
  - I wasn't aware of that  sharp_stick   May-01-09 12:08 PM   #26 
  - It's trippy.  YOY   May-01-09 12:46 PM   #31 
  - "Would you kindly play Bioshock?"  Ignis   May-04-09 12:42 PM   #45 
  - Can I get that for XBOX?  Touchdown   May-01-09 07:17 PM   #35 
  - For the 360 you can.  YOY   May-01-09 07:30 PM   #36 
  - That game is AWESOME! They're making a movie about it.  SemiCharmedQuark   May-04-09 02:25 PM   #49 
  - Andrew Ryan, not Aaron.  scrinmaster   May-04-09 02:47 PM   #50 
  - I'd bring up more references to Rand, but they'd be pretty big spoilers. nt  Occam Bandage   May-04-09 02:55 PM   #52 
  - The media.  ContinentalOp   May-01-09 10:52 AM   #22 
  - There's a guy in Panama who fancies himself a present day  mnhtnbb   May-01-09 11:04 AM   #23 
  - this came up at the NYU young dems meeting last night  jdp349   May-01-09 11:30 AM   #24 
  - Well put  sharp_stick   May-01-09 12:06 PM   #25 
  - That must be why it shows up so much on boards for "gifted/high IQ" people  MedleyMisty   May-04-09 10:47 AM   #41 
  - back in my day, we called that the 'terrible twos" and most people got over them  havocmom   May-01-09 12:19 PM   #28 
  - Sub-Rant: Get Rand out of Secular Humanism.  Ignis   May-01-09 12:22 PM   #29 
  - Public relations campaigns prefer the public to remain divided  Overseas   May-01-09 12:27 PM   #30 
  - Here's a nasty factoid to use  DonCoquixote   May-01-09 06:02 PM   #32 
  - Increased need for toilet paper.  Danger Mouse   May-01-09 06:07 PM   #33 
  - Too funny. The Panama blog I referred to post # 23 picked up this thread  mnhtnbb   May-04-09 10:21 AM   #37 
  - I love the idiots who like to think they're geniuses on the order of the fictional John Galt  brentspeak   May-04-09 10:25 AM   #38 
  - Think of it as a temper tantrum, nothing more.  Umbral   May-04-09 10:26 AM   #39 
  - i saw a few months back there was some Rand-worshipping foundation  Blue_Tires   May-04-09 10:28 AM   #40 
  - What's even more mind bogging are fundies who are Rand fans.  TheMightyFavog   May-04-09 11:55 AM   #42 
  - "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life"  WeDidIt   May-04-09 12:01 PM   #43 
  - Because the other rationales for Republican policy have been so discredited recently.  Orsino   May-04-09 12:22 PM   #44 
  - "the failure of gramps/bible spice"  Ignis   May-04-09 12:42 PM   #46 
  - 'Go Galt'  chatnoir   May-04-09 02:00 PM   #47 
  - Obilgatory Ayn Rand image,  blindpig   May-04-09 02:21 PM   #48 
  - Rebounding from Bush  Spike89   May-04-09 02:52 PM   #51 

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