Growing Out of Ayn Rand
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 15 May 2011, Question 5
I answered a question on growing out of Ayn Rand on Philosophy in Action Radio on 15 May 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
What do people mean when they say "I liked Ayn Rand's ideas, but then I grew up"? On several occasions, I have discussed Rand's ideas with others. They have admitted to reading Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead when a teenager. They claim that they liked or even agreed with her ideas back then. "But, now I've grown up." I guess that is supposed to embarrass me since I am in my mid-40's. It doesn't. But I am left wondering, what is going on in their heads? Are they just jaded? Do they think life naturally leads to pragmatism or an acceptance of evil?
My Answer, In Brief: People who no longer agree with Ayn Rand could just say that, but this claim is a kind of argument from intimidation, perhaps from someone who was intimidated out of his own genuine interest in Ayn Rand.
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- "The Argument from Intimidation" in The Virtue of Selfishness
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