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Ayn Rand's Case for Human Liberty

•, by Tibor Machan
Although most libertarians and classical liberals are champions of human (individual) liberty, the reasons they give vary. Some are utilitarians and hold, along with John Stuart Mill, that when free, men and women are most likely to advance the cause of the greatest happiness of the greatest number; some are Christians and hold that unless the virtuous life is freely chosen, one will not gain (God's) credit for doing what is right; some hold that human freedom is a precondition of prosperity and progress and other good things.
Ayn Rand, the Russian-American novelist-philosopher, has advanced a line of argument in defense of individual liberty that draws a bit on all of these although hers is really a secular version of what the Christians believe.

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Comment by Christopher Cellone
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Good work Annonymous75. It is necessary that you should also tell them that Philosopher Branden, Ayn Rand’s lover, was a bright, handsome young scholar when they met. His published work had much to do on Ayn Rand’s self-esteem that went kaput when they parted ways. He described self-esteem as a "human psychological need and that to the extent this need remains unmet (in Rand’s case, her sexual need) pathology (defensiveness, anxiety, depression, difficulty in relationships, etc.) tends to result."

Record shows that Rand had developed a "swing mood". She had a severe case of depression that most people hardly knew. She became a rebel’s philosopher, especially of very angry type of rebels that want a violent type of rebellion.

Comment by Bertha Anonimo
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Just in case you do not know, Ayn Rand attracts followers from the "lunatic fringe".

In the academe, my study of Literature and famous (which also includes "notorious") Litterateurs, Ayn Rand is a self-contradicting whore whose philosophy has nothing to do with Free Will or God, this I want you to know.

She is a Russian atheist, who substituted Reason for God. And it is Reason that turned her into a philosophical whore. If you have a Reason for doing what you want to do – "whatever" is that Reason that you believed you must do -- then you are perfectly all right. It simply means that if you have a reason to kill or destroy, then you must. Reason is what you must have, in order to live a "morally significant life" (her own words). And it is here that her philosophical contradiction lies.

She is married to Frank O’Connor. She and O’Connor have close friends named Nathaniel Branden and his girl friend Barbara Weidman in Los Angeles. Ayn had a romantic relation with Branden as her secret lover she had carried out for some time behind the back of O’Connor, her faithful husband. Branden later on rejected Ayn’s sexual advances toward him, and the two split, bitterly denouncing each other in public. Ayn justified her immoral life with Reason – that no matter what, she was free to want Branden and no force whatsoever could stop her from doing what she did. She contradicted herself by advising others to live a "moral life".

With her immoral life, she is no better than a philosophical whore that she really was, in the real world.

Ironically, in 911, terrorists have their reasons for staging that carnage. So does Ron Paul for prescribing freedom to drink unpasteurized raw milk that killed innocent rural folks after contracting an epidemic caused by Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria.

That’s how Ayn Rand attracts followers from the "lunatic fringe".


Comment by Ed Price
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Free will is only an illusion. But, it is an extremely desirable illusion, like watching a movie. Why is it an illusion? Because every free choice you make is prompted by something else, or by many other things, so that you only think that it is free will.

On the other hand, it is only God who makes free will to be truly free will. And the only thing He looks at when deciding your free-will choices with you, is the tiny amount of faith you have in Him, along with the continual weakening and strengthening of that faith, which changes moment by moment.

Kinda like, way beyond what we understand about ourselves and our own free choices.

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