Other Challenges to Objectivism

Other Challenges to Objectivism People ask me for resources that challenge Objectivism. This will be a growing list of things I find relevant. The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult. This was written by Murray Rothbard–a big name in libertarian circles. I can vouch for everything he says here. I also, for instance, get put …

10 Objectivist Blindspots

In my book, Towards Liberalism: A Challenge to Objectivist Ethics, I have identified what I now call “Objectivist Blind Spots.” I have identified 10. Objectivists think they have all the answers to the major, pressing life problems. But like all ideologies, it’s just a thought system that fails to satisfactorily answer the life problems it …

We Are Not Caged Rats (or are we?): We Can Trust Our Emotions

This is the first chapter book Towards Liberalism: A Challenge to Objectivist Ethics. Rand has a very controlling and dominating view of the mind. It’s based on her faulty view on human nature. Rat Park: A Summary of the Challenge My challenge to Objectivism focuses mainly on the role of the mind. Using the psychological …

The Objectivist View on Emotions

5-Part Video Series on The Objectivist View on Emotions As most–including Objectivists–do not clearly understand Rand’s views on emotions, I made these short videos. Each video is less than a minute. There is a lot of misunderstanding of how emotions are treated in Objectivism. Rand has you programming–her word–your emotions. Through your “standard of value,” you …

“NUH UH!” A Sign You are Dealing with a Narcissist

I noticed something on Quora the other night. Quora is a place for anyone to ask a question and anyone to answer. There are many threads about narcissism. Victims of narcissism, experts on narcissism, and narcissists themselves participate in the conversations. Someone asked how going no contact with a narcissist makes them feel. There was …

Arguing Over Words is the Sign of an Ideologue

I have been standing up to ideologies for likely two decades now. After 9/11, I stood up to Islam. After I found most Objectivists I knew to be toxic narcissists, I started standing up to Ayn Rand’s Objectivism. As I realize that religions (all of them) are meant to pacify people to accept the authority …

Throwing a Monkey on Your Back: How Humans Control Each Other

I was reading about the history of evolution with my eight year old, and I noticed something about Cro Magnon man. Cro Magnon man is our closest ancient hominid ancestor, as far as I can tell. In fact, I can tell little difference in Cro Magnon man and modern humans, except that after the Ice …

Ayn Rand’s Views on Self-Defense Were Clear

I think people take it as a given that Ayn Rand supported a person’s right to self-defense. If my social media feeds are any indication, most people who really like Ayn Rand tend to favor gun rights for self-defense, although there are exceptions. Or, others wish she had been more “clear” about her stance. But …