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message 1: by Nanci (new)

Nanci Svensson | 26 comments Like, um, Ayn Rand, who seems to have been a formidable thinker/egotist and a HORRIBLE writer.


message 2: by [deleted user] (last edited Jun 03, 2013 08:06PM) (new)

She was a hypocrite. She preached against and demeaned people for being on social programs while keeping it hush-hush that she herself was living on social security.


message 3: by John (new)

John Conolley (john_conolley) | 56 comments She had every right to live on Social Security. That money was taken from her paycheck without her consent under color of being forced savings. It was her money. She was entitled to it. Same as you and I.


message 4: by [deleted user] (last edited Jun 04, 2013 03:36PM) (new)

Moot point, John. I didn't say she didn't have the right to collect SS; she did.

How about medicaid? Do you have an excuse lined up for her accepting health care from the big, bad government?


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John Conolley (john_conolley) | 56 comments Paul wrote: "Moot point, John. I didn't say she didn't have the right to collect SS; she did.

How about medicaid? Do you have an excuse lined up for her accepting health care from the big, bad government?"


Excuse? That's a loaded word. Did you expect her to lie down and die because the country she lived in wasn't free and medical care was in the hands of the government? That wasn't her idea. It wasn't her idea to turn over large percentages of her income to the IRS. It wasn't her idea that socialism became our form of government, or that its failures continue to be laid to the door of capitalism. She did what she had to do to survive. So would you.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Once again John, I didn't say that she didn't have the right to live off social programs, she said that of others. What's more is, she said this of other citizens while secretly being kept alive by these programs she claimed were evil.

The point is, if her immoral beliefs in everyone fending for themselves was the system model, she would have died broke and dead in the street long before she passed with a roof over her head. Through her dying she proved that her disturbed fantasy would never work, and now a minority of fools and crack pots think that this is the way it should be, and some of these people call themselves "Christians".

One cannot claim to live in a civilized country while its poor starve and its sick are left for dead.


message 7: by John (new)

John Conolley (john_conolley) | 56 comments I don't think she said what you think she said. You need to provide a reference, rather than just ranting. And she would have certainly died wealthy. Atlas Shrugged, last I heard, was still selling over 100,000 copies a year. She wasn't hurting for money.


message 8: by Nanci (new)

Nanci Svensson | 26 comments Um, any thoughts on, like, the topic? Ayn Rand was just the first novelist/philosopher that came to mind. I could also say Aldous Huxley, whose fiction is eerily... just really BAD.


message 9: by Tash (new)

Tash Dahling (misstash) | 20 comments I really like Alexander McCall Smith. I like the man, but I can't stand anything of his that I've ever read.


message 10: by Lynn (new)

Lynn | 23 comments Tash wrote: "I really like Alexander McCall Smith. I like the man, but I can't stand anything of his that I've ever read."

You didn't like "The No. 1 Ladies Detective" series? Not even a little?


message 11: by Lynn (new)

Lynn | 23 comments Unfortunately, there are plenty of people, like Rand, who are certifiably nuts who write books. It is often disheartening to find out that someone you think you like can't write, or if they can, their writings reveal that they are insane.


message 12: by Tash (new)

Tash Dahling (misstash) | 20 comments Lynn wrote: "Tash wrote: "I really like Alexander McCall Smith. I like the man, but I can't stand anything of his that I've ever read."

You didn't like "The No. 1 Ladies Detective" series? Not even a little?"


Hi Lynn, I did like the title. I liked everything about the book, except the writing. :/


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Maria Elmvang (kiwiria) | 72 comments Lynn wrote: "Tash wrote: "I really like Alexander McCall Smith. I like the man, but I can't stand anything of his that I've ever read."

You didn't like "The No. 1 Ladies Detective" series? Not even a little?"


TN1LDA is a weird book to me. It absolutely seems like the kind of book I ought to love - has all the elements that typically work for me - but it just left me cold. I didn't dislike it, it was just - meh.


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