Through her works Ayn Rand has had a lasting impact on US politics. This documentary does not provide the viewer with anything approaching a critique of Rand's philosophy. However, it will give the uninitiated insight into her philosophy and how her followers see its relevance today.
But as she grew old and developed lung cancer from years of smoking, she applied for and received social security benefits. I don't begrudge her SS benefits in her old age and ill health, but the Social Security system is an example of evil collectivism and seems to violate her philosophy of strict individualism.
I have not read the book but have the 3 movies. Ayn Rand maybe hailed as an icon by the extreme right, Alan Greenspan was a devout believer of her financial philosophy. How did his leadership of the Fed Reserve serve you?
I do not agree with absolutely everything Ayn Rand ever wrote or said (actually, I don't agree 100% with anyone). But I believe she generally got things right. Her philosophy, in a nutshell, was that individuals should be trusted way more than government bureaucrats. And she lived under absolutely restricted conditions (i.e., communism) and knew exactly what she was talking about. A must watch together with the DVD's (trilogy) Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Another excellent Rand book is "The Virtue of Selfishness." Did I hear a collective gasp? Yup, Mrs. Rand had guts and wrote what she believed. Have you the courage to at least hear/read about her ideas before you dismiss them? (I hate to comment on what other patrons wrote, but I'd like to see proof Mr. Greenspan was a "devout" to Rand's "financial philosophy"--and what was it? Also I fail to understand what her smoking has anything to do with this item)
As this story line is an "analysis" (very biased) about Ayn Rand and the book "Atlas Shrugged", I will simply post the main segment of my Review of book here.
I had read (with much effort) this book years ago and recently "re-visited" it with a scanning.
And likewise had, over subsequent months, checked out the multi-part movies as based on that book (and equally difficult to get through... having some antiacid tablets on hand did help slightly) and then of course this movie (documentary?)
Aside from mentioning the fact that it is an absolutely horrific book (as we're the movies) to wade through (excessively long, poorly written, extremely self-pitying while tremendously egotistical), the fact of it being one of the iconic books of the ultra conservative movement (to include a large number of fundamentalist type Christians even) is the heights of hypocrisy and irony...
That is in seeing as how Rand (not her native name) was born in Russia and a lifelong atheist, believed strongly in and practiced fully an "open marriage" (adultry) concept, and who virulently attacked Social Security and Medicare though once her husband and her had needs for those programs (*) did NOT hesitate to use them!
(*) Having attacked the anti smoking movement for years, she of course developed lung cancer in 1974 and died of smoking related heart attack in 1982... and gladly used those government help programs.
Rather than get into more (much more) about this book and the author, I would just direct those interested to these links:
P. S. The multi-part movies that were done as based on this book are all simply poorly done and equally nauseating versions of the book... As is this movie!
I was bored.
Interested in Ayn? Read her books. One of her books is so good I've read it many times.....so many in fact when I realized how many, and that I hadn't read the Book of Mormon that many times...well, I've caught up and might read it again.
Pure propaganda. Not worth watching.
The repetitive message, "altruism is bad and greed is good ( rand likes to say Self Interest) becomes exceedingly clear as a new expression of social Darwinism.
The only surprise here is that some of Rand's champions temper their enthusiasm by not agreeing with all her ideas.
I was hoping for an objective, rational discussion of Ayn Rand (which I expect from any "documentary") but what I got was this one-sided propaganda puff piece that just repeated over and over and over (unchallenged) the same mindless concept: self-interest good/altruism bad! I felt like I was joining a cult. Only conservatives looking to justify their petty selfishness at the expense of the common good (the evil collectivist/socialist/welfare state!!!) will get anything from her simplistic, infantile, self-serving philosophy.
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