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    An email I received from the Ayn Rand Institute:

    "Dear ARI Supporter:
    We have an extraordinary opportunity to promote Ayn Rand's ideas throughout the United Kingdom—but we need your help.
    The 2017 curriculum for A-Level Politics taught in secondary and pre-university schools includes Ayn Rand as a key thinker. In the schools that adopt the new curriculum, students will study Ayn Rand and her ideas for the very first time. This is a significant step forward for the advancement of Rand's ideas in the UK.
    In fact, I have been invited to speak at some of the most prestigious high schools in England (and probably the world). Between February 27 and March 4, I will be speaking at prominent UK schools such as Eton, Westminster, Harrow, Oxford Girls' Day School Trust, Radley, Headington and Winchester. This will be a great opportunity to introduce these students to the ideas of Ayn Rand and to show our support for the new Politics curriculum.
    This is a truly unique and extraordinary opportunity to bring Ayn Rand into the classroom in schools all over the UK. To ensure the very highest quality of the study materials to be used in the curriculum, we plan to launch a "Books to Teachers" program in the UK.
    Our goal is to send classroom sets of Ayn Rand's books to all A-Level Politics teachers who request them. This program will be similar to the Free Books to Teachers program that the Ayn Rand Institute has run successfully in North America, where ARI has placed nearly four million copies of Ayn Rand's novels since early 2000s."

    Ironically, my A-Level Politics textbook (for the old curriculum, but interesting nonetheless) only mentions Ayn Rand once and alongside a bunch of other thinkers, in one single sentence:

    "Other thinkers, for instance Ayn Rand (1905-82), Murray Rothbard (see p. 159) and David Friedman (1973), have pushed free-market ideas to their limit and developed a form of anarcho-capitalism."

    It's easy to see why the ARI are excited at their ideas getting exposure in the UK. Let's hope it doesn't turn any students into Objectivists.
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    Excellent, this will hopefully lead to misled socialist sheep realising that the left isn't the only way.
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    (Original post by Connor27)
    Excellent, this will hopefully lead to misled socialist sheep realising that the left isn't the only way.
    Yes, but Objectivism sucks.
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    (Original post by Cato the Elder)
    Yes, but Objectivism sucks.
    No it doesn't, it's perhaps a bit raw and idealistic; but it has some fundamental ideas that make perfect sense:

    The virtue of selfishness; the idea that altruism is inherently destructive; the slippery slope that is the welfare state.

    Rand is a bit like anti-Marx in more ways than one, the forerunner of the libertarian movement , but her approach is a bit underdeveloped and theoretical that has been developed and improved by others.
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    (Original post by Connor27)
    No it doesn't, it's perhaps a bit raw and idealistic; but it has some fundamental ideas that make perfect sense:

    The virtue of selfishness; the idea that altruism is inherently destructive; the slippery slope that is the welfare state.

    Rand is a bit like anti-Marx in more ways than one, the forerunner of the libertarian movement , but her approach is a bit underdeveloped and theoretical that has been developed and improved by others.
    Objectivism is an absurd philosophy that cannot work in the real world and completely ignores human nature.

    This blog (written by a guy called Greg Nyquist and his collaborator, Daniel Barnes) debunks pretty much her entire philosophy. It's what helped me to realise how flawed her ideas really are:
    http://aynrandcontrahumannature.blogspot.co.uk/

    What Rand does is reduce life on this earth to a set of simplistic axioms which must be scrupulously and consistently adhered to in all circumstances. She reduces human relationships to "rational" contracts, ignoring the fact that the facts of life transcend reason. She arrogantly asserts that failure to adhere to her philosophy will result in the extinction of the human race (even though we've been continuing for centuries without adherence to ideas like Objectivism). Like Karl Marx, she formulates an eschatology in which herself and her heroic band of Objectivist intellectuals will save mankind and her ideas will win out over those of her opponents, simply and solely because they are more "rational". She takes the classical liberal belief in reason and progress to an unpalatable extreme, and caricatures her opponents, making no attempt to give them the benefit of the doubt or the most charitable interpretation of their works. She smeared Kant, misunderstood Nietzsche and plain ignored Hume. Reading her, you'd think that the only great philosophers that have ever existed are Aristotle, Locke and Ayn Rand.
 
 
 
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