This is a simple choice. Although given this was written in the 1950s she probably wasn't aware that a business going bankrupt is not the same as as nation having a deficit. But you have to understand... she's a writer. Her model of the world and her 'hero vision' was established by the age 9 Despite many beliefs on the right... age 9 isn't an age when any sort of wisdom or even knowledge begins.
Yeah, whatever. Every country is culturally bankrupt by this definition going back thousands of years. What do you want to return to? The Mythical Garden Of Eden?
Extract from Wikipedia: shmael explains how the Takers rendered themselves above the laws governing life, using the story of The Fall of Man as an example. His version of why the fruit was forbidden to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is: eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil provides the gods with the knowledge of who shall live and who shall die—knowledge which they need to rule the world. The fruit nourishes only the gods, though. If Adam ("man") were to eat from this tree, he might think that he gained the gods' wisdom (without this actually happening) and consequently destroy the world and himself through his arrogance. "And so they said to him, you may eat of every tree in the garden, save the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for on the day you eat of that tree, you will certainly die." Ishmael makes the point that this story of the Fall of Man, which the Takers have adopted as their own, was in fact developed by Leavers to explain the origin of the Takers. If it were of Taker origin, the story would be of liberating ascent instead of a sinful fall.
Well, even if you don't the dissatisfied are always seeking an escape and the biggest escape is the one to a past golden age of which no record exists except some very scary Bible verses.
Poor woman. Can you imagine what it must be like to have an idealized view of the US (or any society) and to have your fantasies turn out to be wrong. The problem isn't with the US, it's with disappointment & expectations...
“Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.” ― Eric Hoffer
By the way, No. She is not a child. She definitely has no innocence left by the time she got to the States. And, yes, just about every country is culturally bankrupt but it goes so far back that blaming one country or system is dumb. There are exceptions in one area or another. My favorite countries are Japan and England in that order - though sometimes that changes - (this is based on societal calm and how they handle problems).
"Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. . . . The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. They hate not wickedness but weakness. When it is in their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness wherever they see it." The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 41 (1955)
First of all, there are no intellectual bodyguards ANYWHERE. I'm not even sure if such a thing should even be allowed. There were none in Russia, there were none in Ancient Jerusalem (unless you want to call Rabbi's "intellectual bodyguards" though I'm sure Ayn Rand would have cringed at that thought).
Second of all... bodyguards?!?! You mean like an elite class of intellectuals that can protect a whole society? Sitting in their ivory tower and telling people what to do? Like Communist Russia but for idiot "Intellectuals"? In other words, Ayn Rand's intellectual vision of communism.
Isn't it funny how what you hate the most tends to become a part of your world view even when you do you best to pretend you are right. This is understandable, in a crazy world we can feel insecure and depressed and when we do it's easier to get upset at everyone and everything than it is to learn new things that will actually benefit people OR your situation. Of course, Ayn Rand's philosophy was to think of no ones happiness except your own (see video below). If you did that ... well, some idiots would probably end up dead, in prison or leader of the latest social catastrophe.
Finally, if Ayn Rand's deranged "philosophy" is taken seriously in out time, what does that say about the cultures that follow her like pet dogs?
"It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn." Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 33 (1973)
This woman had definitely reached the end of her mental resources. And by the end of her life, in pursuing her selfish desire, I'm sure she made allot of friends... so she ended up on welfare? Even Donald Trump did better than that and Trump's been bankrupt 4 times! Does that sound like a woman you would like to get to know? Always angry, no compassion, disgusting sexual habits (so it seems given how much ancient news seems to gloss over stuff). Can you even imagine the kind of trauma she must have suffered to become so heartless? When people come from war zones they are emotionally shielded. As veterans have explained, when you are out killing people you live in a different world and when you return that trance changes (personally I think allot more help is needed such as the stuff on my Instant Self Hypnosis site. But you have to use it everyday for it to help. One 20 minute session a day is too much for some lazy people who have more energy to change stuff they know nothing about rather than to get themselves educated. WHO IN THE WORLD BASES THEIR LIFE ON A 100 YEAR OLD FICTION BOOK!!!!!)
Carl Jung developed a more in-depth psychology (too deep for most people without some background reading - plus he wrote dozens of books, nowadays, people just like to read one book for their life guidance. God forbid she should read more than one person's ideas before declaring herself all knowing!) ...and she was dead decades before proper modern psychology began to develop.
2:37 Ayn Rand's philosophy of rational self interest states that the purpose of life is pursuing your own happiness with no regard for others.
By Ayn rand's definition Dick Cheney is the perfect example of the sort of capitalism she envision for "free men". You can follow Dick Cheney's example by learning more about Dick (by clicking here).
"An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head." Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 88 (1973) - Eric Hoffer
Reflections on the Human Condition, aph. 43 (1973)
In Our Time (1976), “The Trend Toward Anarchy,” p. 52
The Ordeal of Change , Chapter 13, 'Scribe, Writer, and Rebel'
(This expose continues in the next post on the new Russian "Intellectual" of the mid-1900's)
Modern Mythology: Star Wars, The Matrix & An Ayn Rand Style Rant