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My Ayn Rand Video

April 18, 2010

Ayn Rand is undeniably the greatest philosopher of all time. This doyenne in the field of philosophy and capitalism completed what Aristotle had started and achieved and then conceptualized an integrated philosophy for living on earth: the philosophy of Objectivism. However, she is the most misunderstood and most controversial intellectual figure of the 20th century. Her passionate defense of the morality of self interest and capitalism and her strong rejection of any form of collectivism (e.i., communism, socialism, fascism, racism, etc.) earned her vicious, dishonest and unforgiving enemies from both the left-wing and right-wing political camps.

Despite the utterly brutish, cunning, malicious attack on her person and her philosophy of Objectivism, Ayn Rand chose to remain silent, as she knew her critics were simply dishonest and in bad faith, and instead focused on her life-long crusade to promote reason and to spread the virtue of individual rights and capitalism, which is the most moral and most practical political-economic system on earth.

If there’s one thing that I really, really admire about Ayn Rand, apart from her being a great novelist and philosopher, it’s her intellectual honesty. Before she died in 1982, Ayn Rand left the greatest legacy for living on earth: the rebirth of reason. I wrote in my earlier blog entitled Ayn Rand: The Greatest Philosopher on Earth:

Many of us were told by the media, intellectuals, politicians, religionists, and altruists that the ongoing global economic downturn was caused by unbridled greed or self-interest. Since they claim that it is greed and self-interest that brought us all to misery, they now demand, under the banner of “common good” and “social welfare, that the government must issue more controls and regulations. They declare that it is uncurbed ‘selfishness’ that makes people irrational and reckless. As stated by a misguided, altruist blog critic, “it was inadequate regulation of financial markets, where people were making decisions that were in their short-term interest, but for which the rest of us will have to pay for the long term.” But the only way to deal with an irrational is to say, “I don’t agree with you.” It is impossible to argue with people who take government lies and biased and interested media reports on faith.

It is Ayn Rand who defended the virtue of “selfishness” through her seminal, life-changing philosophy of Objectivism. Throughout her lifetime, Ayn Rand was ridiculed by intellectuals and religionists who clearly did not understand the nature of man and what makes life possible, and underrated by college professors and media hippies, who asserted that her ideas were ‘unoriginal’ and ‘amateurish.’ But most geniuses, innovators and thinkers were misunderstood and persecuted in their lifetime. Galileo Galilei was imprisoned by the Pope for supporting the heliocentric view that the sun is at the center of the universe. In recent history, Michael Robert Milken, one of the best examples of a victim of envy or hatred of the good for being the good, was persecuted and imprisoned for developing “high-yield bonds” that saved thousands of businesses and created millions of jobs. Between Milken and Mother Theresa, the former left one of the greatest contributions to the survival of mankind.

Now here’s my Ayn Rand video with Lisa Gerrard’s Now That We Are Free:

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