Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ayn Rand: the Tea Party’s Miscast Matriarch

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Perhaps Rand’s brilliance and that of Greenspan elude the Objectivist-challenged among us. I decided to reach out to an expert on such matters. 
I emailed Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities and English at Yale University. Professor Bloom did not mince words: “Ayn Rand was a writer of no value whatsoever, whether aesthetic or intellectual. The Tea Party deserves her, but the rest of us do not. It is not less than obscene that any educational institution that relies even in part on public funds should ask students to consider her work. We are threatened these days by vicious mindlessness and this is one of its manifestations.”
I'm not Bloom's biggest fan; his wouldn't have been the name that leapt to mind when I wanted to make an appeal to authority, but we're in agreement here.
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