Whatever you think of Ayn Rand, good or bad, it should at least reflect accurately what Ayn Rand actually said. I think this is fair. In all attempts to poke fun at Objectivism I have never seen ONE that didn’t involve a massive and quite honestly retarded mischaracterization of her philosophy. While I understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and I myself am no knee jerk Peikoffbot–this little gem that’s being passed around the Interwebs is dead off:
“…When little Aiden toddled up our daughter Johanna and asked to play with her Elmo ball, he was, admittedly, very sweet and polite. I think his exact words were, “Have a ball, peas [sic]?” And I’m sure you were very proud of him for using his manners.
To be sure, I was equally proud when Johanna yelled, “No! Looter!” right in his looter face, and then only marginally less proud when she sort of shoved him.”
I can actually feel the hordes of people snorting superciliously through their noses upon reading this while thinking “oh, I USED to like Ayn Rand, then I ‘grew up’!” in the weirdly self-congratulatory way the mere mention of Objectivism stirs up in people.
What is it about Ayn Rand’s objection to people being FORCED TO SHARE against their will that people don’t understand? She in NO way opposed BENEVOLENCE. That a person would choose to share a possession just because they felt like it is not alien or immoral in any interpretation of Objectivism. Like Barbara Branden once said when asked “what would be done with the poor?”–“if YOU want to help them, you will not be stopped”. Objectivism is a rejection of COERCION at heart, not of voluntary human action–even if it’s action the Objectivist may not PERSONALLY value.
A situation that more accurately reflects Objectivism is a child MAKING a toy or a doll, another child wanting to play with it and then complaining to the teacher the 1st child isn’t sharing and the TEACHER coming over to the child, taking the toy away and giving it to the 2nd child. Then the second child immediately demands that the teacher force the 1st child to keep making toys and giving them to him while simultaneously making crayon drawings of how gross and gay the 1st child is–complete with stink lines.
Now THAT’S a “Looter”.