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Re: 2 Fudge 2 Knuckle
« Reply #9320 on: June 02, 2018, 02:52:50 pm »
Does anyone have a way to get in touch with Daniel Chong Oh? I want to know what he thinks of the fact that his favorite director is making a film out of a book that gives a fat middle finger to all of his political beliefs.

You know that the fact he's making it now, of all the things he could be doing, probably implies he's had those beliefs all along, right? I know it's going to be painful for you, but can you try to re-analyse MoS, BvS, Sucker Punch and the rest from an Objectivist perspective, to reveal how Snyder's understanding of Objectivism was reflected in his directing choices? I'll even A2A you on Quora so that the Rand fans on there can see that.

Also, another question I might ask Quora (though it probably was asked on there already): should the worth of an ideology be judged by the caliber of its adherents? If so, that would be rather sad for Objectivism. I am probably missing people, but as far as I am aware, its most prominent adherents today are Zack Snyder, Paul Ryan, the new nominally Muslim British Home Minister (who re-reads that very book twice a year), and Ron and Rand Paul. Now, I like the latter because of their non-interventionism and opposition to torture, but an ideology might still be in trouble if they are the best it has to offer.

One of my favorite philosophers is Nietzsche, whose ideas were twisted by Nazis to justify the idea of the "superior race." Just because someone perverts a philosopher's ideas doesn't mean the philosopher is responsible for what they did. I think I've been consistent in this regard (even with Karl Marx, who I think is pretty evil, but who I don't blame at all for the Soviet Union). The gulags may have been the rational conclusion of Marxist thought, but he certainly didn't explicitly endorse them.

That said, there's a big difference between that and Objectivism. You can draw a line from Marxism to Vladimir Lenin pretty easily. What you can't do is draw a line from Objectivism to Paul Ryan. That man is the physical embodiment of cognitive dissonance. There is not enough room under a tent for both Jesus and Ayn Rand-- that's just a fact. You cannot read The Fountainhead, say you agree with everything in it, and then turn around and embrace the Bible. Now, Ryan is likely a closet agnostic (like nearly all politicians), but that doesn't change the fact that he holds various beliefs that are clearly antithetical to one another.

Also, we have Mark Cuban and Jimmy Wales. And Gene Roddenberry.

 

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