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Ayn Rand — a psychopath and perverter of American History

from Lars Syll

Now, I don’t care to discuss the alleged complaints American Indians have against this country. I believe, with good reason, the most unsympathetic Hollywood portrayal of Indians and what they did to the white man. They had no right to a country merely because they were born here and then acted like savages. The white man did not conquer this country …

Since the Indians did not have the concept of property or property rights—they didn’t have a settled society, they had predominantly nomadic tribal “cultures”—they didn’t have rights to the land, and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights that they had not conceived of and were not using …

What were they fighting for, in opposing the white man on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence; for their “right” to keep part of the earth untouched—to keep everybody out so they could live like animals or cavemen. Any European who brought with him an element of civilization had the right to take over this continent, and it’s great that some of them did. The racist Indians today—those who condemn America—do not respect individual rights.

Ayn Rand, Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, 1974

It’s sickening to read this gobsmacking trash. But it’s perhaps even more sickening that people like Alan Greenspan and Paul Ryan can consider Ayn Rand an intellectual hero. 

That Alan Greenspan is a bad economist we already knew. But he’s also a bad person. For what else can one think of a person that considers Ayn Rand — with the ugliest psychopathic philosophy the postwar world has produced — one of the great thinkers of the 20th century? A person that even co-edited a book with her — maintaining that unregulated capitalism is a “superlatively moral system”. A person that in his memoirs tries to reduce his admiration for Rand to a youthful indiscretion — but who actually still today can’t be described as anything else than a loyal Randian disciple.

Ayn Rand and her objectivist philosophy has more disciples than Greenspan. But as Hilary Putnam rightfully noticed in The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy (Harvard University Press, 2002), is it doubtful if it even qualifies as a real philosophy:

It cannot be the case that the only universally valid norm refers solely to discourse. It is, after all, possible for someone to recognize truth-telling as a binding norm while otherwise being guided solely by ‘enlightened egoism.’ (This is, indeed, the way of life that was recommended by the influential if amateurish philosophizer – I cannot call her a philosopher – Ayn Rand.) But such a person can violate the spirit if not the letter of the principle of communicative action at every turn. After all, communicative action is contrasted with manipulation, and as such a person can manipulate people without violating the maxims of ‘sincerity, truth-telling, and saying only what one believes to be rationally warranted.’

This blog post is in loving memory of my brother Peter “Uncas” Pålsson — truly ‘a red man deep inside.’


  1. June 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    The dog knows, see end of this page.

    • jlegge
      June 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

      I have some trouble relating this link to the blog post above.

  2. June 22, 2016 at 7:54 am

    For the same reason, nobody can claim right to a property they don’t possess. Merely occupying a territory and claiming right to that property does not make sense. In the beginning, nobody had a legal title to a property. Then, how it can be passed on to others.It’s null and void.

    • charlie
      June 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      wtf … the comment makes no sense… communal property / tribal property does / has passed property on and continues to do so. Property rights do not NOT over ride human rights. It is one of the issues to be decided by the culture …. and please reflect for a moment on the ‘civilized’ tribes and Sequoia and other native cultures that tried to adapt to our culture and were racially exterminated …

  3. G.J. Zeilemaker
    June 23, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Sickening indeed, but a widespread opinion in liberal thought since John Locke.
    Just read Dominico Losurdo; Liberalism a Counter History https://www.versobooks.com/books/960-liberalism

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